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The one where Verlander returns to form

It appears that Justin Verlander seems to have found some of that rhythm that had proven so elusive this season. Unfortunately the Tigers bats couldn’t muster enough against Ryan Rowland-Smith and the Tigers dropped their 3rd game in a row.

Verlander had a shaky first inning, but then found a groove and became the first pitcher to see the 7th inning. Along the way he picked up 6 K’s and did a nice job mixing his pitches. During the game that appeared to happen by design, in the post game though Verlander said it was out of necessity because he was struggling to command the fastball.

Even struggling with his command he managed to throw the heater for a strike 69% of the time.

Offensively the Tigers couldn’t generate many rallies against Smith. There were too many balls popped up, and the balls that were hit hard didn’t find grass (Raburn and Guillen lined balls to left field and Cabrera drove two shots to Ichiro). The Tigers offensive highlights amounted a Magglio Ordonez blast and a pinch hit RBI for Johnny Damon.

Posted by on April 18, 2010.

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Categories: 2010 Season, Game Post

5 Responses

  1. What is that ump doing to the third base coach?

    by Kurt on Apr 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

  2. I hate to hate on anybody, but isn’t it becoming apparent that Raburn is a total defensive liability no matter where you put him?

    by Scott on Apr 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm

  3. Even struggling with his command he managed to throw the heater for a strike 69% of the time.

    That’s probably a deceptive stat. When using the heater as an “out” pitch, he probably throws it for a strike less often than when he’s simply using it as a “get me over” pitch. If he didn’t trust it last night, he probably didn’t use it as an “out” pitch very often.

    by Jeff Molby on Apr 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  4. It was good to see JV with a quality start. We knew the offense would struggle this year, but I doubt the Twins will stay this hot.

    by Mcb on Apr 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

  5. wow.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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