Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers offense had the good fortune of facing Zach Britton, a call-up replacement for Jason Hammel, in their second game against the Baltimore Orioles. Well that’s all but a closed case isn’t it? I mean what chance could that guy have against the likes of Verlander and the Tigers? Unless you count the fact that he shut them out through seven innings in his start versus them last year and is a perfect 2 – 0 through two starts against them, he has very little chance.
Of course all of those things came into play as Britton once again had the Tigers number. He went 5.1 innings and gave up only one run. Verlander meanwhile saw his struggles rear their ugly head once again. He only went five innings giving up seven hits and five runs. Who would have picked that to happen? There is decent news for the Tigers in this loss however.
Verlander did give up a crooked number of runs in less than six innings but I don’t think the struggles that had him a few starts ago are returning. The perfect control might not have really been there but in all honesty he got burned on two mistakes. One was a two-run homer by J.J. Hardy in the fourth and one was a decisive three-run shot by Adam Jones in the fifth. Other than that Verlander didn’t look like he did a few weeks ago. I think this one can be chalked up to the simple fact that Britton has their number and they should hold their head high and come do damage tomorrow.