Unlike Verlander, Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinks the solution to the pitcher’s woes is to return to the basics.
All that improvement, and then … a game like Thursday.
Chris Herrmann’s second RBI double of the game broke an eighth-inning tie and helped the Minnesota Twins to a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Only two players in the history of the game have recorded 4,000 major league hits – Ty Cobb and Pete Rose. Ichiro Suzuki of the New York Yankees joined that list – unofficially – Wednesday.
Baseball America recently released its “MLB 2013 Best Tools” list, and the Detroit Tigers are all over it, with players – and manager Jim Leyland – placing in the top three of 10 categories.
Justin Verlander recently watched videotape of his 2011 season, when he was the AL’s MVP and noticed he wasn’t pitching the way he had back then – dominating, overpowering, nearly unhittable.
The pitcher said his fastball had good life but was obviously erratic, and his curveball was solid, helping compensate for the fastball issues.
So now it’s Brayan Peña’s fault. Justin Verlander’s struggles have endured, and the timetable is growing longer.
Justin Verlander remains the most reliable Tigers starter.
Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Justin Verlander and Detroit 7-4 Thursday as the Tigers again played minus Miguel Cabrera.