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Verlander may not be faster, but he's stronger -- and feels good as ever

  Velocity, everyone talks about Justin Verlander’s declining velocity. It’s true that the speed of Verlander’s average fastball has steadily declined, from 95.5 mph in 2010 to 93.1 in ’14, according to But when the Tigers signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract before the 2013 season, they were buying the pitcher, not the pitcher’s velocity...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Charting the Rest of Justin Verlander’s Career

Let’s be honest. Justin Verlander was awful last year. His ace title has been removed across baseball, and I don’t think there is anyone in Detroit who thinks he’s the best pitcher on the staff right now. He definitely wasn’t worth $20M last year, and we certainly don’t want Verlander’s contract to anchor a ship full of bad contracts sailing for Philly status (spoiler...
Via Tigers Weblog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander celebrates birthday in Lakeland, ignores Tigers' critics

LAKELAND, Fla. -- When Justin Verlander arrived at Joker Marchant Stadium Friday morning, there was a Happy Birthday balloon waiting for him. Verlander, who turned 32, didn't mind that the first official day of workouts for pitchers and catchers was on his birthday. "What a great birthday present," Verlander said. "I'm excited. I woke up early today and couldn't get back to sleep...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking for Justin Verlander’s Curveball

Maybe it was all a setup for the headline, but in Anthony Fenech’s piece about Justin Verlander and his effort to return to glory — titled “Tigers’ Verlander ‘way ahead of the curve’ early this spring” — the pitcher points to the current state of his curveball as a sign of early success. “I’ve seen […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ Ace Verlander Ready to Go

The last American League pitcher to capture a Most Valuable Player Award is already back at work. Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tigers’ one-time untouchable ace, has already been working out for spring training. Early reports are that Verlander has been throwing for a few weeks in preparation for 2015. The right-handed Verlander had his worst statistical season since 2008 last...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander says he has put on 20 pounds of muscle

Justin Verlander had a down year in 2014, and that may have had a lot to do with a core injury that prevented him from working out intensely during the offseason. This winter, the Detroit Tigers pitcher has been making up for lost time. According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Verlander has already...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

With Scherzer signed, should the Detroit Tigers go after James Shields?

With Max Scherzer now off the free agent market, there have been reports that the Detroit Tigers are looking at another free agent pitcher. This guy has World Series experience, has been a trusted veteran, and is asking for about half or even less than half of what Max Scherzer wanted. This guy’s name is James Shields and he would fit perfect with the Tigers. He is only asking...
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Verlander, Upton targeted in nude photo cell phone hack

Alleged nude photos of Kate Upton and boyfriend Justin Verlander were leaked online Sunday as part of a massive celebrity photo leak. The alleged nude photos show the Detroit Tigers ace and supermodel girlfriend naked in a bathroom standing side-by-side in profile with the mirror. Upton, who has twice appeared on the cover of Sports […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Upton jokes 'everyone blames me' when Verlander struggles

When Verlander struggles, who do you blame? His mechanics, his motion or maybe it’s his velocity? Or perhaps you go with a popular cause amongst fans when it comes to JV’s problems… Kate Upton. During a taping of Live! with Kelly and Michael this past week, Upton was filling in for Kelly Ripa and talking with Michael Strahan about a number of topics including those times when...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kate Upton goes gaga after Verlander gives her ball

The lovely Kate Upton took in Monday’s Yankees-Tigers game at Yankee Stadium and received a nice souvenir from a special friend. Upton’s boyfriend Justin Verlander wasn’t pitching during the game, so he had some time to flirt with his girlfriend, who was sitting in the premium seats behind the dugout. You can see Upton mouth […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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