DETROIT Justin Verlander might have finally figured out April.
If the Tigers ace has ever shown a weakness, it has been the first month of the season. He came into 2013 with a 11-15 record in April, including a 4.37 ERA. It's the only month where he hasn't had at least a .600 winning percentage, and it is also his worst ERA.
This year, though, Verlander hasn't waited until May to start looking like a Cy Young candidate. The Tigers' 6-1 victory over the Twins gives him a 3-2 record for the month, but he could easily have four or five wins with a little more run support. His ERA of 1.83 and 41-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio give a better picture of how well he is pitching.
"I'm pretty sure this is my last April start, right?" Verlander joked, knowing that May was only 90 minutes away. "Hopefully, this will be the end of the April issues, because I'm pretty happy with the way things have gone this time."
As well as Verlander had pitched in his first five starts, there were still conce...