Originally Posted by doublem23
Verlander's looking somewhat human already, having his worst season in 7 years... Maybe it's just a fluke bad half or maybe it's the wear and tear of pitching over 1,000 innings the last 4 seasons...
This is a tough point to agree with. Don't forget his 11-17 season 5 years ago.
This year he had two weirdly bad starts back to back in May (in one he still struck out 9 in 5 innings), and one lousy start last week. His K rate is at a career best so far, his HR rate is normal, line drive rate, ground ball rate, flyball rate, etc. are all about normal. Basically he's walking just a few more people and seemingly has had rather bad luck on batted balls (bad defense?) with a crazy high .344 BABIP. I guess maybe his fastball is down a little, but he's always kind of seemed like someone who threw it all different speeds depending on the situation anyway.