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Justin Verlander will not start Game 4 on short rest

Oct 26, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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After last night’s loss Jim Leyland was asked if he’d consider bringing back Justin Verlander on short rest to start Game 4 if the Tigers were facing elimination and the manager made it clear that’s not an option.

Verlander threw just four innings in Game 1, which normally might make coming back on short rest doable, but his 98 pitches weren’t a particularly light workload.

It’s also worth noting that the Tigers aren’t exactly relying on a bum in Game 4 as is, with Max Scherzer set to take the mound. He’s arguably Detroit’s second-best starter and would be the No. 1 guy on a lot of teams.

Verlander, who now has a 4.22 ERA in 12 career playoff starts, is slated to pitch Game 5 in Detroit on Monday if the Tigers can extend the series.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Seriously, why does everyone act like Scherzer is a bum? He’s pitched better than Sanchez and Fister this year. I know he was hurt, but he’s had some time to recover and his last outing was good. I guess I’m the only one looking forward to Scherzer’s start. Good grief, he and V were #1 & #2 in SO this season.

  2. Gamera the Brave - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I was kinda surprised that Verlander gave up as many runs as he did. Both teams have some very good pitching, and everyone has stepped up (okay, Verlander not so much, but stuff happens), and I would not be surprised at all that the next games are all low-scoring nail-biters.

    Gonna be fun!

  3. cameltoehoe - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    You’re an idiot, historiophiliac. Try finding a different hobby, like masterbation.

    • fenway9 but not a sox fan - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Hey cameltoehoe …. obviously your hobby is not spelling. Now don’t be angry at me; I didn’t make the mistake.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        In all fairness, you type the “u” with your right hand, and his was busy.

      • Jeremy T - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        and then finished by the time he needed the “o”?

    • kindasporty - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Why can’t you have both hobbies? Just don’t do them together, because that gets kind of awkward.

  4. Ace - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I don’t understand why this is even a question. Verlander hasn’t quite looked like himself these past two starts, and may in fact be starting to tire after another herculean workload this season. I don’t think rushing him back on short rest is the answer. Meanwhile:

    Scherzer post AS break: 8-2, 2.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 10.96 K/9
    Verlander post AS break: 8-3, 2.73 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 9.45 K/9

  5. oceanpeaks - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    With the Tigers offense looking like the walking dead, does it really matter?

  6. Marty - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Cain v Verlander would have been nice.

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