The Detroit Tigers hit the diamond early on Thursday afternoon, with their star ace on the mound against the Chicago White Sox. However, it was the White Sox that came away the victory, securing a 7-4 win behind a solid performance from Jake Peavy.
On the flip side of the end result was Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander, who once again struggled for Detroit in allowing seven runs on 11 hits in six innings of work. Verlander gave up two runs in the first, four in fourth, and another one in the bottom half of the sixth. The loss drops Verlander’s overall record to 10-8 on the year, running his ERA up to 3.99 in the process. While Verlander has still managed to secure ten wins at this point in the season, he simply has not been himself over the course of the past month and a half. In fact, he has only won two games since a victory back on Jun. 7.
So, what’s wrong with Verlander?
Even despite their ace being a little off over the course of the past few weeks, the Tigers have positioned themselves in a decent spot in the American League Central, clinging to a three game lead as the month of August nears. Detroit is a serious playoff contender once again this season, but in order for them to have playoff success, Verlander needs to return to his norm.
He is not just the star pitcher on their staff, but he is the guy they need on his A-game as the regular season hits its home stretch and the playoffs arrives later this fall.
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