Add Another Achievement To Verlander’s List: Dominance In Do-Or-Die Game

OAKLAND, Calif. — You got the feeling that Justin Verlander would have stayed in the game for 222 pitches, if that’s what it took. Or 322. Anybody for 422?

Instead, from here to champagne, it was 122. Mark it down and pop the corks. What a difference a day makes … when it’s Verlander’s day to pitch.

What this man did to the Oakland A’s storybook season isn’t even legal in some states. He didn’t just beat them. He asphyxiated them. Cut off their breathing passages. Flatlined their summer.

What you saw in the Tigers’ 6-0 joyride in Game 5 was the reason why, as this team wheezed and sputtered through parts of its season, it always was a monumental mistake to underestimate them. At least, in ink.

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