This season has been anything but smooth sailing for Justin Verlander.
At most, Verlander has four starts left in the regular season. That means at best he'll finish 16-11.
The only other season Verlander has not won at least 17 games was 2008, when he went 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA.
This season has not been a repeat of that, despite the 4-3 loss to the pesky Kansas City Royals (74-68) Saturday night.
But as long as the Tigers make the playoffs, Verlander (12-11, 3.64 ERA) will have a chance to make his season a memorable one by pitching well then.
At 82-60, the Tigers remain 5 12 games ahead of the Indians in the Central Division.
In past seasons, Verlander has pitched much better in the regular season than he has in the postseason. In 12 postseason starts, Verlander is 6-4 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
However, last season Verlander was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in four postseason starts.
In his last outing against the Cleveland Indians, Verlander did not allow a run ...