Found May 20, 2012 on Crown Crazed:
 Someone Who Deserves a Raise...Justin Verlander, of course. He's currently 5-1 with a ERA of 2.13 and leads the Majors with a .80 WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched). Last season he became just the sixth pitcher since 1968 to win the MVP award. The others: Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Willie Hernandez, Roger Clemens, and Dennis Eckersley. Verlander threw his second career no-hitter last season, joining a group of 22 others with multiple no-hitters. Friday night, he was two outs away from becoming just the sixth pitcher ever with at least three no-hitters, joining Cy Young (3), Larry Corcoran (3), Bob Feller (3), Sandy Koufax (4) and Nolan Ryan (7). Tigers manager Jim Leyland on Verlander's one-hitter: "Some freaky (bleep)."  The scariest part, Verlander is just 29.Something to Watch...Aroldis Chapman taking over the closer role for the Reds. He's yet to give up an earned run this season (22.1 Innings Pitched) and has been a setup man in the seventh and eighth inni...

Verlander takes no-hitter into ninth

Justin Verlander came within two outs of his third career no-hitter, allowing only Josh Harrison's ninth-inning single in the Detroit Tigers' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. The 29-year-old Verlander, last year's AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, nearly became the sixth major league pitcher with at least three career no-hitters. But with one out...

Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander Heating Up For Summer

Justin Verlander’s latest brush with greatness gives enough reason to expect more spectacular pitching from him this season — not that he hasn’t been dominant and otherworldly already, but the 6-foot-5 Detroit Tigers ace most definitely has plenty of nastiness to unleash come summer. He showed that in 2011, and gave a preview of what’s to come [...]

Verlander Loses No-No in the 9th with One Out

He almost does it again! Justin Verlander almost does it again. As the Pittsburgh Pirates faced the Detroit Tigers tonight, Verlander almost completed his third career no-hitter. His first no-no came at home on June 12th, 2007, against the Milwaukee Brewers. His second was thrown last year on May 7th, in Toronto, against the Blue Jays. Now, with the Pirates visiting, Verlander put...

Verlander reaction to losing his no-hitter: “F-bomb”

When Pirates utilityman Josh Harrison’s blooper got by the Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta with one out in the ninth inning Friday to bust up Justin Verlander’s no-hitter, everyone had a reaction.  41,000+ fans at Comerica Park mustered up a collective “ahhhh”.  Sitting on my couch with only my one year old home with me (sleeping in a different room), I verbalized a ...

Verlander gem bittersweet for Pirates manager

DETROIT -- Clint Hurdle grew up in Michigan and dreamed about watching one of his beloved Tigers pitch a no-hitter. Friday night, he almost got his wish. The Big Rapids native, now the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, could only watch helplessly as Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against his team. Even when Josh Harrison's soft liner up the middle...

I’ll admit it, I jinxed Justin Verlander’s potential no-hitter against Pirates

Baseball is a game of superstition, warranted or not. Most of the time it is warranted. That’s just how the game goes. Growing up playing the game for most of my life, and now coaching a fine bunch of young men at Burton Atherton, I often encourage players to do the same exact thing they [...]

Game 2012.40: Pirates at Tigers

Detroit Tigers, 19-20, 3 games behind Cleveland. Last season on May 7 the Tigers were 16-18, and a whole 7 games behind Cleveland in the Central.  Then Justin Verlander sparked the team with a no-hitter against the Blue Jays, they won their next 6, and improved their way to a Central Division title. Could Verlander’s dominating one-hitter last night be the spark that turns the...

Up-and-down season continues for Tigers

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander can't pitch every game, so the Tigers are going to have to find a way to win on those other four days. Manager Jim Leyland cautioned after Friday night's 6-0, one-hit shutout by Verlander that they would need rookie Drew Smyly to pitch well for the Tigers to create some momentum. Kind of how most of the season has gone thus far for the Tigers...

Little-known Harrison stays hot while breaking up Verlander's no-hit bid

No member of the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted to be involved with a Justin Verlander no-hitter. But the Detroit Tigers ace had one going heading into the ninth inning against the visiting Pirates on Friday night. With one out in the ninth, unheralded Josh Harrison singled off Verlander to avoid being no-hit. "No one wants to be part of a no-hitter, so it was nice to look...

Leyland: 'Best pitching he's ever seen'

DETROIT -- Less than 24 hours later, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was still raving about Justin Verlander's one-hit shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Thats probably the best game Ive ever seen pitched, and Ive seen a lot of games -- over 3,000," Leyland said. "I dont know how to explain that. "Anybody who was here last night probably saw one of the best...

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 18 by Larry Granillo

Justin Verlander gives up a basehit to Josh Harrison in the ninth inning? Maybe he should be demoted to the bullpen. At least it was the DH who got the hit. And if you're impressed by pitchers taking no-hitters into the late innings, just know that Nolan Ryan had a no-hitter in the seventh inning or later 31 times! Let's get to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Nick Markakis...

Factor12 Rating Leaders: Week 6

The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers. Brandon Beachy (1) Justin Verlander regains the number one F12 Rating after pitching his latest masterpiece (7IP / 2H / 1ER / 1BB / 8K) against the Oakland Athletics.  The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner holds a 31.009 Factor12 Rating. (2...
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