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Justin Verlander fans 14 to defeat Yankees

Aug 6, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

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Justin Verlander became the first pitcher since Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999 to strike out at least 14 Yankees in a 7-2 victory for the Tigers on Monday.

Verlander pitched eight innings and allowed both runs in easily outdueling Ivan Nova on the night. Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera homered off Nova, who ended up allowing all seven Tigers runs in 5 1/3 innings. He fell to 10-6 on the year.

Verlander is now 12-7, and he put himself in rare company in tonight’s 132-pitch outing. Just 11 pitchers since 1918 (and probably ever) had struck out at least 14 Yankees.

Urban Shocker – 1920 Browns – 14
Hal Newhouser – 1943 Tigers – 14
Connie Johnson – 1957 Orioles – 14
Jim Bunning – 1958 Tigers – 14
Sam McDowell –  1968 Indians – 14
Moose Haas – 1978 Brewers – 14
Mark Langston – 1986 Mariners – 14
Mike Moore – 1988 Mariners – 16
Chuck Finley – 1995 Angels – 15
Curt Schilling – 1997 Phillies – 16
Pedro Martinez – 1999 Red Sox – 17

With the win, Verlander is now 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 13 lifetime starts versus the Bombers.

  1. beefytrout - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    “Urban Shocker” may be the coolest name I have ever heard.

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    If it wasn’t for his own error in the 5’th at first base that gave the Yankees the 2 runs it would have been really embarrassing.

    • wendell7 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      You mean it wasn’t already really embarrassing?

  3. ken49ers - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I was at the game tonight. JV dominated from start to finish. Awesome atmosphere at the ball park. Great game to go to.

    • samaugster23 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      I was there too, great game to be at. A lot of people stayed until the end. Detroit has some great fans. Feels like a different team from a month ago.

    • flaviusflav - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Was watching on TV, but the atmosphere sounded like a playoff game. Really cool to see.

  4. pisano - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    No offense to Verlander, because he’s a great pitcher, but this Yankee team has a whole lot of K’s in it. I’ve stated this before, but you stat guys have shown it isn’t the case. Granderson Swisher, Tex, Andruw (smiling strikeout ) Jones,Russell Martin, and Arod when he’s in there K a hell of a lot, and it always seems to be when runners are in scoring position. As my friend says: “just my opinion”

    • baseballisboring - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:04 AM

      They also have a lot of hits in them. And Verlander has a lot of K’s in him.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      They Yankees strike out the 10th fewest times in MLB. It is just your opinion that they strike out a lot, it is that assumption coupled with confirmation bias.

  5. baseballisboring - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    He’s really good. Especially when it comes to stuff, command, retiring batters etc.

  6. jarathen - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Dominant performance against what is still a potent Yankee lineup, no doubt there, but just the same – Jered Weaver 4-hits the A’s (granted, the A’s) and does so for nine innings and throws 17 less pitches than JV, and gets no press?

    • craggt - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      1. You said it yourself it’s the As
      2. Anything to do with the Yankees gets page views
      3. The Angels game didn’t finish for more than an hour and a half after this article was published.

      • jarathen - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        this concept of time confounds me.

    • philliesblow - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Just another case of Great Lakes media bias.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    They might be middle of the pack-ish in striking out, but where are they with RISP? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Yankees team more inept at moving runners over. It doesn’t look like they have any kind of approach planned when they get up to the plate- some guys look like they just go up there to swing as hard as they possible can (mostly Tex) and always to pull. It’s games like this and the past two against King Felix that make me think they aren’t going anywhere in the playoffs. Good pitchers can get them out. They have guys that swing 2-0 no matter what or where the pitch is. Good pitchers know how to take advantage of stuff like that-most likely you’re going to face good pitching if you make the playoffs and in a 5 game series, you can’t get shut down like they have the past couple of years.

  8. lionsfan415 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Oh yeah the Yankees propensity to striking out is why JV stuck out 14, not the fact that he has the most K’s in the majors since 2009, that would just be perposterous.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Yes, which is also the reason the ump didn’t need to give him the pitch 6 inches to a foot off the plate. He probably wouldn’t have struck out more than 10 if not for that!!! : P

      • seeinred87 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        I went to brooksbaseball to check out the PitchPX report for Verlander last night to see if you were right.

        I come back with no retort other than being colorblind sucks.

      • daisycutter1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Verlander was fooling the Yankees on a lot of pitches, but still…the strike zone last night was about as bad as it gets. It’s like the ALDS game he pitched last year all over again.

        http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneplot.php?pitchSel=all&game=gid_2012_08_06_nyamlb_detmlb_1/&sp_type=1&s_type=7

  9. protectthishouse54 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    As a Yankee fan, the most frustrating part of this game is Nova being unable to get off the field right after the Yanks tied it up. Something he needs to work on as he matures.

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