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Justin Verlander got knocked around again last night

Jun 12, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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Justin Verlander turned in another rough outing last night, allowing seven runs in 5.2 innings against the White Sox. And nearly all of the damage came in the sixth inning, following five innings of one-run ball to begin the game.

There’s no shame in serving up a homer to Jose Abreu, but Verlander also walked four batters and allowed eight hits while falling to 6-6 with a 4.61 ERA on the season. And that’s after posting a 2.48 ERA in April.

In his last six starts Verlander has allowed 35 runs in 37.2 innings, posting an ugly 7.41 ERA and .312 opponents’ batting average while managing a sub par 24/18 K/BB ratio. He’s yielded six homers in those six starts after allowing a grand total of 19 homers in 34 starts last year and an average of 18 homers per 34 starts for his entire career.

In other words he’s a mess right now, although last night at least Verlander averaged 95.8 miles per hour on his fastball, topping out at 99.0 mph, so velocity-wise there were no issues. His next start comes Monday against the Royals, who rank 12th among AL teams in runs and dead last in homers and slugging percentage. So if Verlander struggles again versus Kansas City … woof.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    It’s not so much the age, but the mileage.

  2. thetxhammer - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Kate Upton comments in 3,2,1…

    • Caught Looking - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Late night out on her birthday the night before.,0,2605254.column

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        Maybe that’s the problem. He’s not having his game day Taco Bell.

  3. dracko19 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    The velocity is what made him a great pitcher It’s back! He has some control issues right now, but he’s working through mechanics due to off season surgery. He’ll be fine by the all star break. Give him time.

    • hk62 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Also movement – you can’t just throw gas by kids, they’ve grown up on this stuff. If the ball path is flat you’re gonna get rocked even at 99 – and his fastball is flatter in the past 5 starts than anytime in the past 5 years. I am not a pitching expert but his mechanics look more vertical to me this year, wondering if its related to the chest muscle situation? Just not seeing as much movement on all of his pitches, even the off-speed stuff. He has the manager to help him fix this though.

  4. hojo20 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Just keep copying & pasting this headline.

  5. historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    The Royals always having his number. They’re his kryptonite, so that won’t be anything new. I don’t know why Beautiful Brad didn’t pull him when he first went out to the mound. Sometimes I wonder if BB’s doe eyes aren’t showing confusion instead of dreaminess. I don’t mean it! Anyway, V was hardly the only one stinking last night. The Sox scored like 4 (or 5?) with one out left — and our fielding certainly wasn’t helping. They didn’t even try to hustle; it was so flipping depressing.

    My apologies to everyone I texted/messaged with great obscenities during the game last night.

    • zzalapski - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Career against KC:
      17-5 W-L, 209 IP, 10 HR, 57 BB, 192 K, 2.89 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .235 BAA

      Maybe you misread his splits against Cleveland instead. Those are more pedestrian.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        I’m sorry, I was thinking of: V has given up more hits to Billy Butler than any other batter. His record against the the Royals in 2012 was 2-2 and in 2013 sank to 1-4. Granted he’s won the games so far this year, the trend for him against them has not been good the last couple of years. Also, career BA of Indians versus V: .249 with OPS of .693. Royals versus V: .270 with OPS of .721.

    • karlkolchak - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      “My apologies to everyone I texted/messaged with great obscenities during the game last night.”

      That was you? I thought it was my ex-wife.

  6. karlkolchak - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    If Verlander doesn’t figure it out, Detroit is in real trouble. One of these days, one of those four .500 teams chasing them is going to go on a run. The White Sox themselves, suprisingly, are only about one deal for another decent starting pitcher away from being pretty good.

  7. bostonfrogs - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    The problem is Ausmus. Entire team is in a tailspin, not just JV, and Ausmus can’t pull them out of it. Rookie managerial moves are just killing the team–some mistakes are obvious (like leaving Verlander in last night and not having the bullpen ready to go), and some are not.

    Tiger fans won’t admit it, but maybe Jim Leyland and Prince Fielder were more responsible for the team’s past successes than previously thought.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      “Tiger fans won’t admit it, but maybe Jim Leyland and Prince Fielder were more responsible for the team’s past successes than previously thought.”

      “Prince Fielder”

    • stex52 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Not really too fair to Ausmus. Detroit has had a super lineup that has tended to underperform its stats for several years. They have been good enough for a while, but the skills suggest they should have been much better.

  8. hieronymous27 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    The drop-off in his pitching performance has been on a downward trend for about a season and a half. J.V. Was 24 & 5 with a 2.40 E.R.A. in 2011; 17 & 8, 2.64 E.R.A. in 2012; 13 & 12, 3.46 E.R.A. last year and now he is 6 & 6 with a 4.61 E.R.A. He is not declining, he is crashing.

  9. pisano - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Maybe it’s like the CC Sabathia effect, too many miles on that arm. Both those guys logged a lot of miles, and both threw hard, the body can only take so much.

    • brandotho - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      But Sabathia has lot a ton of velocity on his fastball. Verlander still has more than enough to get by and dominate

  10. hoopmatch - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Regarding Kate Upton: I’m reminded of “The Natural” when a relationship with glamorous Kim Basinger caused Roy Hobbs’ performance (on the field) to fall off the table. Maybe Verlander needs to find his childhood sweetheart again (as Hobbs did).

  11. bostonfrogs - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    @doctorofsmuganomics: LOL! That was good, I’ll admit it.

    Yes, I know that Fielder underachieved during the regular season, was a complete non-factor in the playoffs, and had a wet blanket attitude to boot. Still… What I wouldn’t give to have that .280 average and 25 homers to go with Miggy and VMart right about now. May I remind you that our Detroit Tigers recently had Don Kelly batting 5th? Not Don Mattingly. Not Tom Kelly. Not even Kelly from “Saved By The Bell”. DON KELLY…batting 5th on a team picked to win the World Series.

    I will stop typing now so that the gravity of that horrible, horrible reality can slowly sink in for us all.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I’m a royals fan. who the tigers have batting 5th is of no consequence to me

  12. timmons94 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Quietly the white sox are playing very good baseball

  13. hieronymous27 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Bostonfrogs suggestion of Kelly Kapowski in a Tigers uniform, instead of Don Kelly, would lead me to consider a season ticket to games at Comerica Park.

  14. kastout11 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    When you are tapping Kate Upton, things cannot be that bad, regardless of how many hits or earned runs you give up.

  15. illogic87 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    What a bum!

  16. miguelcairo - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    That’s an expensive 4.61 ERA.

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