The Tigers survived JV and Joba Chamberlain and came away with a 9-5 win over the Royals.
Let’s face it, JV is bad. There is no way to sugar coat it. I know this is crazy because the bullpen is an abomination, but if Verlander is going to continue to start, he needs to be pulled after six innings, if he makes it that far. I’ve heard all kinds of stats about how a pitcher’s ERA explodes in the 6th year when logging so many innings and Verlander falls into this statistic. If his arm has too many innings on it, then it is time to limit the number going forward. Keeping him out there into the seventh is not doing anybody any good.
The inning that really annoyed me today was the third. The Tigers put two runs on the board in the bottom of the second then JV comes out in the third and gives them back? HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hat’s off to the offense. They put up nine runs today. Castellanos let the way with two RBIs and Hunter had three hits. Miggy was 2-5 and got is 101st RBI.
I’ll take the win but this pitching situation has to be sorted out.
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I’m afraid they won’t get anything sorted out by the end of this season. What we see is what we get, and the Royals continue to wet the bed against the Tigers. It was great listening to Jack Morris in the booth today. He pointed out exactly what I saw last week with JV. He isn’t finishing his pitches and is more upright on his follow through. It’s his lack of leg and core strength, not his shoulder. I think the shoulder is caused by his change in motion, a correction for not having the core and leg strength. This will cause a loss of power (arm speed), and less bite on his curveball. Watch him closely next time out and you should be able to pick up on it. I still believe he will regain his form next year, but not this year. He’ll have to gut it out each time. Same with Miggy. He isn’t getting physically better, actually worse. Not sure where all the HR’s came from this week. Some on bad pitches, but at least he has more than warning track power for now.
Crippy I’m with you whatever JV is or isn’t the Tigers will need to manage him differently than JL’s “Horse” I hope Sark is right and there is a rebound at some point/levle however for now what we see is what we get. Still believe IF they get to the post season it will be a short trip….I’ll take the W…