Jim Leyland doesn't like what he's seening from Justin Verlander.
Verlander doesn't like it either, but the two disagree on what's caused his two-month slump.
"It looks to me, and we'll have to see what Justin says about it, that he's pitching careful," Leyland said after Verlander allowed six runs, five earned, in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Royals. "He's not being aggressive right now.
"I don't know for sure, but that's what I sense."
The worst moment came in the bottom of the fifth. After the Tigers had taken advantage of Kansas City mistakes to tie the game at 5, Verlander got the first two outs but fell behind 2-0 to Mike Moustakas.
The next pitch was a 92-mph fastball down the middle, and Moustakas crushed it for what turned out to be a game-winning homer.
"It's obviously frustrating because these guys look to me to win games," Verlander said. "That's especially true when they score five runs. That's why I'm here."
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