Justin Verlander's Lackluster Pitching Could Cost Detroit Tigers Everything

By John Raffel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Verlander can’t keep pitching poorly for the Detroit Tigers.

If he keeps pitching as poorly as he did in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals, then the Tigers won’t win a World Series, pennant, division or anything else this season.

There’s no way they can.

Verlander is a run-of-the-mill pitcher right now. He is not the Verlander of the past two seasons who was the best pitcher in baseball. He’s not even close. He showed that against Kansas City. The game was tied 3-3 and it was the bottom of the fourth. Verlander allowed one run already and had the bases loaded with two outs. On a 3-2 pitch, he threw a breaking pitch that was way wide to walk in a run.

That is not the way Justin Verlander pitches. But he’s been doing things like this too frequently as of late and it’s been hurting the team. In the past, Verlander might have gotten off to a slow start but usually was on a roll by the middle part of the season.

It’s just not going to be a typical Verlander season, which has already been demonstrated. He’s had some good games but he’s also going to have some bad ones. That’s already been proven. He doesn’t have that rhythm that has carried him through in past seasons. For Verlander to have an off night in the past was a rarity. This season, it’s a frequent nightmare. As a result, this is a Tigers team that might not win anything this season, despite all the talent on the roster.

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