said Peter Gammons on many occasions. Well the last few games, the Tigers didn’t pitch and didn’t win.
The Tigers lost to the A’s for the second day and for the second straight day, the pitching was horrible.
I’m not sure what to make of JV, to say he sucked tonight, would be an understatement. He needed 44 pitches to get out of the 1st inning and ended up throwing 104 pitches in 5 innings. Infante’s error in the 5th didn’t help him much, but he doesn’t look anything like the pitcher of the last two years. Verlander’s final line was 5 complete, 5 runs, 3 earned, 3 strikeouts and 3 walks.
If the playoffs started tomorrow, Verlander would be 4th or 5th on my starter depth chart. I have no confidence when he toes the slab anymore and I’ve lost hope of him getting any better before next year. Unfortunately, to make a run, this is the JV the Tigers have to expect.
Bruce Rondon relieved JV in the 6th and Seth Smith promptly deposited the second pitch he threw over the center field wall.
Mercifully, this game was called after 6 innings due to rain. I couldn’t take anymore.
Prince had a walk and drove in his 89th and 90th runs of the year with a bases loaded single in the first. Other than that, there wasn’t much to cheer about.
Back at it tomorrow. The Tigers need two in a row to split.
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