Whenever Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers, it's an event. He's so good that in any given start, he could possibly throw a no-hitter. Fortunately for the Boston Red Sox, that wasn't the case on Wednesday night in their 6-3 win.
And it was the bat of Daniel Nava that was the big difference in that win.
Nava came up in the 4th inning with the bases loaded and Verlander throwing gas on the mound. He had worked the count to 3-1 and then swung and missed at a 99 MPH heater. Nava then made an adjustment and was able to connect on Verlander's 100 MPH fastball for a bases clearing double that would give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead at the time.
And yes, this is the same Nava who wasn't invited to big league camp in spring training and wasn't even on Bobby Valentine's radar. But since being called up, Nava is hitting .276 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. But more importantly, he's getting on base in almost 50% of his plate appearances (.429 OBP).
Considering all of the i...