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July 26, 2013

What You Need to Know

Panic in Detroit?

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
The series finale between the White Sox and Tigers may have been the league’s main attraction yesterday afternoon, drawing fans of both teams and those eager to see the pitching matchup of Justin Verlander and Jake Peavy, as well as scouts evaluating the latter for prospective trade-deadline buyers.

Peavy held serve for those eyeing his services, tossing seven-plus innings of four-run ball, over which he permitted only four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The 32-year-old’s outing might have looked better had manager Robin Ventura turned to his bullpen to begin the eighth inning. But the skipper let Peavy—whose pitch count was well into the triple digits—return to the bump, and he promptly served up a home run by Brayan Pena, the third long ball authored against him on the afternoon. With 118 pitches, 74 of them strikes, on the counter, Ventura finally took the ball from his workhorse no. 2 starter and handed it to Matt Lindstrom, who combined with closer Addison Reed to protect the 7-4 lead.

That’s enough about Peavy, though: the real story here is that that White Sox, with the worst offense (.241 team TAv) in the American League and the second-worst (Marlins, .230) in all of baseball, scored at least seven runs in a game started by Verlander for the second time this month. Even more stunning is that all of those runs were charged to the Tigers’ pre-season ace, who needed 103 pitches to complete six innings.

In the course of recording 18 outs, Verlander was knocked around for 11 hits, three of them for extra-bases, and he also issued two walks. Meanwhile, he notched only four strikeouts, failing to exceed five for the eighth consecutive start. This is the longest such stretch for Verlander since the beginning of the 2008 season (April 6 through May 14), which he finished with a 4.84 ERA before emerging in 2009 as a perennial Cy Young Award contender.

After two years that, in the pitcher’s own words, “came easy,” 2013 has been “extremely difficult.” Verlander was Verlander in April, when he posted a 1.83 ERA and collected 41 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, but the road has been bumpy since the middle of May. The right-hander told reporters that he has recently tweaked his mechanics with the help of pitching coach Jeff Jones.

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