Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Detroit Tigers player facing the most pressure in MLB playoffs will be....

Final frontier for Justin Verlander is excelling in postseason
Justin Verlander is the best pitcher of his generation. He has won 17 or more games in six of his first seven full major league seasons. His 124 wins are by far the most of any MLB pitcher under 30. The Angels' Jared Weaver, taken in the same draft as Verlander, is second on the list with 104. Verlander has been Rookie of the Year, a Cy Young Award winner and one those rare pitchers to be named MVP. The only thing missing from Verlander's resume is postseason success. In eight starts, Verlander is 3-3 with a 5.57 ERA. His WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) is 1.548 compared to 1.173 during the regular season.
So far, this hasn't been much of an issue when Verlander is mentioned baseball's great pitchers. It seems more of an aberration than a trend. He has just eight postseason starts. But it will be if he turns in a similar performance in these playoffs.
And the pressure to seal his individual status in the game is minimal compared to what Verlander means to his team overall. The one ace in the hole the Tigers are carrying over clubs entering the playoffs is their starting pitching. Verlander is their ace. If he doesn't get it done, neither will the Tigers as a whole.


Blogger Barry said...

Pat, I think Verlander has grown into a better and different pitcher than before. I have not check the stats but he should do better against hitters that swing for the fence than your high OBP guys. The only thing I wish Verlander would do different would be use his 100 m.p.h once per batter than late in the game. His slider, curve, chsnge-up and on the corner 92 m.p.h fastball are extraordinary. My point on the 100 m.p.h fastball is he can groove them once in a while and he starts throwing 3 or 4 heaters per hitter
late in the game he might groove one.

1:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tip of the ol' hat of the Tiger's fans. Congratulations on winning the Triple Crown. Great season!

8:37 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Book, I was thinking the same thing while watching Miggy get the triple crown accomplished tonight - Verlander has to step up now on this biggest stage and own it - or he will always be a great pitcher who stopped shy of the finish line. He has to step up and own this - and to show mentorship to Fister, Scherzer and Sanchez - just like Kenny Rogers - tarred hand and all - did with Verlander and Bonderman in the 2006 post season.

Rogers taught Verlander how to be a winner - now Verlander has to hit that next plateau leading his team mates.

Great point.

11:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many fans don't realize that Justin Verlander won the MLB Pitcher's Triple Crown in 2011. (Wins, SOs, ERA)

So the Tigers have Triple Crown winners in the last two seasons.

And both are young and in their prime.

10:06 AM 
Anonymous Tigers said...

The one ace in the hole the Tigers are carrying over clubs entering the playoffs is their starting pitching. Great stuff!

7:47 AM 

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