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The Tigers' Justin Verlander is having his worst statistical season in five years and former Detroit ace Denny McLain thinks he knows what's wrong.
“Right now his head is moving a great deal when he pitches” McLain told the Detroit News.
“That is like a golf swing. When your head is moving in golf you start to play Army golf. Your ball is going left right left right. You’ve got to keep your head still and you’ve got to drive toward the plate. I see him standing upright after a pitch. That is not a good thing.”
Verlander is 12-10 with a 3.73 ERA on the season. Not bad for most pitchers but Verlander isn't most pitchers. Just two years ago he was the American League MVP and Cy Young winner.
McLain won both those awards in 1968 when he had 31 wins and helped lead the Tigers to the World Series championship. His controversial career ended just four years later when he was 28 and he later was convicted on charges of embezzlement and served time in prison.
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Oakland used him for a punching bag the other night–and the Athletics can’t hit!!! I’ve been saying for the past two years that Verlander isn’t even the Tigers’ best pitcher—let alone the best pitcher in either league as his apologists in Detroit would have everyone believe. His problems (like those of Tiger Woods in majors since 2009, anyway) are entirely in his head...
Justin Verlander -- author of two no-hitters, winner of a Most Valuable Player award -- is used to making history. Not this kind.
Tuesday against the Oakland A's, Verlander needed 44 pitches to get through the first inning. Verlander has thrown more than 1,800 innings in the major leagues, including the postseason. Never before had he expended so many pitches in a single frame...
Justin Verlander is no ordinary pitcher…
Last season, JV was the best in the game and can continue to be the best in the game which is why his 12-10 record and 3.73 ERA although not terrible by any means for an ordinary pitcher is WAY off base for the Tigers’ staff ace.
So what’s the problem?
Adam Hernandez and Shawn Bell discuss just that in the debut episode of Detroit Sports...
The Detroit Tigers are almost certainly going to be playing in October. Whether Justin Verlander decides to reclaim his status as staff ace by then remains to be seen.
The right-hander continued his up-and-down season Tuesday night, allowing five runs - three earned - in five innings as Detroit lost a rain-shortened game, 6-3 to the Oakland Athletics.
Verlander (12-10) needed 44...
Alright, I think it’s finally time to address what might possibly be the biggest elephant in the room during the 2013 season — what the heck is going on with Justin Verlander? And not only that, but is this the end of his reign as an elite starting pitcher?With six years and $160 million left on his new contract, Tigers management and fans definitely don’t want to start having...
Some might say that Justin Verlander has been charitable toward opposing hitters this season. Through Tuesday’s start, he was allowing hitters to hit .257 against him. In comparison, opposing hitters have hit .190 against Max Scherzer and .226 against Anibal Sanchez.
On Wednesday, JV’s philanthropic attitude contributed to something...
DETROIT -- Justin Verlander may not be having the kind of season he would like on the field, but he's definitely making an impact with his off-field endeavors.
Verlander, who already donates his Comerica Park suite to wounded veterans as part of his Victory for Veterans program, has decided to do more for those who have served the country.
Justin Verlander -- author of two no-hitters, winner of a Most
Valuable Player award -- is used to making history. Not this
DETROIT -- Jim Leyland would never acknowledge that he didn't mind losing a game.
If there had ever been a time, though, it might have been Tuesday night.
When the umpires finally pulled the plug on a rainy 6-3 loss to Oakland, Leyland and the Tigers were facing an ugly situation. Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out in the top of the sixth, and Bruce Rondon had just...
The resurgent A's beat the Detroit Tigers for the second night in a row Tuesday taking a rain-shorted 6-3 decision at Comerica Park in a game called after five and one-half innings.
Facing Justin Verlander who beat them twice in the American League Division Series last year the A's scored twice in the first then after falling behind 3-2 tied the game in the third and took...
Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in a game cut short by rain on Tuesday night.
Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out when the tarp was pulled on the field due to the weather. It was called after an 80-minute delay.
Oakland starter Tommy...
Behind Tommy Milone, the Oakland A’s beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Thanks to some persistent and strong rain storms in the Detroit area, though, Bob Melvin and the A’s didn’t have to walk a tightrope en route to a thrilling win (as they did on Monday night).
Instead, Brandon Moss’ opposite field two-run homer in the top of the fifth proved...
77-55, first place, 5.5 up on the Cleveland Indians.
Rain put a merciful end to the debacle of the 6-3 loss to the A’s. It was a forgettable game, but I remember a few things:
A. Prince Fielder’s 2-run, bases-loaded single to tie the game wasn’t just a 2-run, bases-loaded single to tie the game. It was also a fine display of “old style” Prince at the dish, the whole at...