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Don’t start with the Justin Verlander on three days’ rest stuff

Oct 27, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

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Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave up five runs in four innings against the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series.

That’s as many runs as probable Game 4 starter Max Scherzer has allowed in his last four starts combined. The last time Scherzer allowed five runs in a start was July 30. Including his two postseason outings, he’s 9-2 with a 2.49 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings since the All-Star break.

No, none of that makes Scherzer a better pitcher than Verlander. But he’s pretty obviously a better bet on long rest than Verlander would be on three days’ rest in Sunday’s Game 4.

Tigers pitching has been just fine so far. In fact, aside from Verlander and Jose Valverde in Game 1, it’s been great. The team simply needs to score some runs. If Detroit is going to come back from a 3-0 deficit, it has a much better chance of happening with Scherzer, Verlander, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez all going on normal or extra rest these next four games than it would with Verlander on short rest, Scherzer and Fister the next two games and then Verlander on short rest again.

So, please, no more Verlander talk. Not until Game 5 anyway.

  1. icanspeel - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Doesn’t matter who pitches if they can’t score any runs.

  2. bjbeliever - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Scherzer’s stuff is nasty, not letting him pitch game four would be a huge mistake

  3. nomorsacbball - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    I’m pretty sure Pablo wouldn’t mind Verlander pitching on 3 days rest

  4. dawgpoundmember - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    its the reason the tigers didnt run away with the central….its either 1 run or 6

  5. ericellers - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    This is Yankee tigers in reverse, except its the giants.

  6. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Screw the TV ratings; if you’re a Giants fan, it doesn’t get much better than this! Go Giants! They’re gonna be raising some Cain tomorrow!

  7. Old Gator - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    I agree with Matthew. The Tiggers ought to go with Strasburg. He’s had plenty of rest..

  8. natsattack - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    They have to win 4 straight anyway, does the order really matter?

  9. billymc75 - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    He pitched four innings

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