DETROIT The sheriff was back in town. Justin Verlander took the mound at Comerica Park on Monday, restoring law and order to his strike zone and the base paths.
Take a deep breath, Tigers fans. Your world or at least the land of your ace is back to normal.
Verlander struck out a season-high 13 and limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to three runs on seven hits over seven innings of a 6-5 win.
Normally, thats just another game for the 2011 American League MVP and not even one of his better ones. But after the last three starts, it signified an important return to normalcy.
Since he began making adjustments in order to get his velocity back on the 100 mph doorstep, Verlander went into a rare funk. He had an 11.37 ERA with 22 hits and eight walks allowed in his last three starts, which totaled only 12 23 innings.
He was up to 99 mph again while giving up hits and runs at an alarming rate.
Well, he shut off the alarm in this game. Not that Verlander was satisfied, but at least he...