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Justin Verlander wins 10th straight start, 22nd overall

Sep 7, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez AP

Despite giving up a pair of two-run homers to Shelley Duncan in his six innings of work, Justin Verlander improved to 22-5 by beating the Indians in Detroit’s 8-6 victory on Wednesday.

The win was Verlander’s 10th in 10 starts.  It’s the longest such streak with no losses or no decisions since Arizona’s Brandon Webb won 11 in a row from Sept. 22, 2007-May 15, 2008.

The longest streak since 2000 belongs to Johan Santana, who ran off 12 straight victories for the Twins from July 27-Sept. 24, 2004.

Verlander’s streak doesn’t quite measure up to Santana’s.  Today’s was the third outing in the stretch in which he gave up four runs.  He has a 2.75 ERA in his 10 wins (his ERA was actually lower back when he was 12-5).  Santana had a 1.28 ERA during his streak, and Webb was at 2.58 during his.

Of course, Santana was just flat-out awesome the second half of 2004.  Including his two starts against the Yankees in the postseason, he went 15-0 in a span of 18 starts and allowed just one run in each of the three no-decisions.

It’s clear now that Verlander is going to cruise to his first Cy Young Award, and he pretty obviously deserves it.  He’s overtaken Jered Weaver for the AL lead in ERA at 2.44, leaving him slightly ahead of Weaver and Josh Beckett at 2.49.  He already has the other two portions of the pitching triple crown pretty much locked up.  He has three more wins than CC Sabathia in second place, and with eight strikeouts today, he’s 21 ahead of Sabathia and Felix Hernandez (232-211).

  1. Jonny 5 - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Shelly Duncan??? Really???

    • Joe - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Mookie’s favorite player.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      THAT’s what you took from this post??? Really???

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        Yes, Shelly Duncan hitting 2, 2 run bombs in one game. That’s amazing!! He just bumped up his Hr total by 33.333333333333333333333333333333333%

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Off Verlander!!!!!

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        Every once in a while some hitter will have an Enhanced Cody Ross game. Granted this instance was more beefed up.

  2. manifunk - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Further proof that pitching wins are dumb

    • scatterbrian - Sep 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Here here. Evidently some people still think Verlander was just pitching to the score, and knew all along that V-Mart would hit a granny later on….or something like that…

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 7, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Wow!! The Tigers are going to be a tough out in the playoffs because they have Verlander. I wouldn’t want to play them. For everyone else, it’s just a crap shoot :D

  4. Lukehart80 - Sep 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Wins are a silly stat, as has been covered, but for reasons such as those Joe Posnanski mentioned this week, they can still be fun. This isn’t the highest quality of win for Verlander, but with the way he’s been pitching this year, I’d say he’s earned a couple cheap ones.

    • scatterbrian - Sep 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      You’re right. I can appreciate a dude getting a W in 10 or 11 or 12 straight starts–that doesn’t happen by accident, nor does it happen to crummy pitchers–and still understand that win totals don’t tell the whole story.

      • canadyne - Sep 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        Absolutely correct about wins not telling the whole story. Fister is a perfect example.

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