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Don’t expect to see Jose Valverde pitch for the Tigers again

Oct 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Jose Valverde AP

Asked about Jose Valverde‘s latest terrible outing in Game 1 of the World Series last night, Tigers manager Jim Leyland replied: “You know, he wasn’t terrible. He just wasn’t good.”

That’s about as nice as he could possibly phrase things considering Valverde has now allowed nine runs while recording a grand total of five outs in his last three appearances.

And they may be his final appearances, both of the season and for the Tigers. Valverde replied “you never know, you have to play until it’s over” when asked last night he expected to pitch again versus the Giants, reiterating that he felt his mechanics were improved after making some between-series adjustments with pitching coach Jeff Jones.

It’s worth noting that Valverde’s velocity was plenty good last night, with his fastball consistently clocking in at 92-94 miles per hour, but after striking out pitcher Tim Lincecum the Giants’ actual hitters went double, single, single, single off Valverde before Leyland removed him for Joaquin Benoit.

Valverde insisted that “I never lose my confidence” but even if that’s somehow true the same obviously can’t be said about Leyland’s confidence in the longtime closer and at this point it’d be surprising to see the impending free agent make another appearance for the Tigers.

  1. gigab0t - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    At least Benoit didn’t give up a HR, and Peralta hit one (however meaningless)…

    Not much for a Tigers fan to say after last night. On to Game 2!

  2. darthicarus - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Well, at least he can say he pitched in the World Series. Now he can pull out his original GameBoy & play Tetris the rest of the Series.

  3. johnb1990 - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM


  4. geoknows - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Betcha Valverde is glad he hired Scott Boras in September. At the rate he’s going he’s going to need all the magic he can get in landing his next contract, and Boras is just the guy to pull it off.

  5. dcfan4life - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    If the Giants take another 7+ run lead into the 8th or 9th inning, or we see an extended extra inning affair, than you may see valverde. Cant say for sure that you will NEVER see him again this series, ya know.

  6. gammagammahey - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Maybe he comes down with a phantom injury and the Tigers replace him with someone more useful in the bullpen.

    • gigab0t - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      …like Villareal. Yes please.

  7. randygnyc - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Valverde is one of the guys that prevent me from rooting for Detroit. One down, one to go. What are the chances the anti Semite falls in a marble shower?

  8. grumpyoleman - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Don Kelly has a better chance of pitching for the Tigers than Valverde does.

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