Well, my predictions from yesterday are already starting to fall apart.
I was expecting Verlander to be lights out in the second half but his first start after the break was nothing short of horrible.
The Tigers lost to the Royals, again, 6-5.
Verlander pitched 5 and 2/3 allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, he struck out 3 and walked 4, including Eric Hosmer in the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded to force in a run.
With the Tigers down 5-3 going into the 5th, the offense scored two runs to tie the game on an Alex, A Squared Money, Avilla single but Verlander gave the lead up for good in the bottom of the 5th when he allowed a two out home run to Mike Moustakas.
I’m not sure what to say about JV. His velocity seems ok but his command is terrible. His curve-ball and slider weren’t coming close to the strike zone. I guess the only thing to say is what I saw, he looked TERRIBLE. If not for his track record, you’d think he was a back of the rotation guy auditioning for the bullpen. If he doesn’t get straightened out, the Tigers are in trouble and my fifth prediction from yesterday is not going to happen.
On the bright side, Alex Avila had three hits and two RBIs. Prince had two hits. Victor had three hits. Alburquerque and Smyly were good out of the bullpen allowing no runs, one hit and striking out three combined. Also, the Twins beat the Indians again today so the Tigers still have their slim lead.
This is not what I was expecting coming out of the break.
Hopefully, Fister can salvage a game tomorrow.
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