The Kansas City Royals seem to bring the best out of Justin Verlander. The Detroit Tigers ace didn’t even allow a base runner to touch second base. Verlander came into the game with a 15-2 record and a 2.67 ERA lifetime against the Royals, and Wednesday was no different.
Verlander tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. More importantly for the Tigers, he didn’t give the Royals an inch. He seemed determined to approach each and every at-bat with a plan in mind and had better break on his curveball than he has had recently.
There had been a lot of talk about Verlander’s dipping velocity, but he appears to be squashing those issues with his performances lately. He was able to touch 97 mph in the seventh inning and appeared to be saving a little more than he showed.
Verlander has tossed four straight quality starts. It’s a good sign as he had allowed a combined 13 earned runs in just 7.2 innings in back-to-back starts against the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers before that streak.
Verlander wasn’t able to earn a win despite his stellar efforts thanks to a Jose Valverde blown save. Even though he wasn’t able to get the win, it’s a very good sign the Verlander is finally getting back to the form that saw him earn the Cy Young and MVP award.