Ausmus, however, said the core muscle repair surgery Verlander underwent in January could be affecting the ace in another way.
Alex Avila can understand how Astros batters struggled to hit Robbie Ray’s deceptive fastball; at times Avila struggled to catch it.
Justin Verlander saw his string of brilliant postseason outings end with his first loss of the playoffs.
Give credit to Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones. He saw a flaw in Rick Porcello’s delivery recently and helped the young right-hander change it and Porcello cashed in last night.
And maybe that’s what the firing of Rick Knapp will do to Detroit’s pitchers, almost all of whom acknowledged if they had done better, Jeff Jones would still be the bullpen coach instead of the new pitching coach.