I live in DET and have seen/heard all of the games he has pitched. Baseball Prospectus had some comments on him yesterday -- in summary: future star, great talent. Early performance may be somewhat misleading only because he truly has pitched vs. the Weak Sisters.
In fact, you could argue that Verlander has had one of the easiest schedule of any ML pitcher to date:
Is he good? Absolutely. Is he THIS good. Probably not quite. I'd say Young and Verlander are pretty evenly matched.
The Tigers walk down Easy Street is about to come to an end: CLE, NYY, BOS, TOR, CWS all coming up (maybe I got the order wrong, but the teams are right). That's quite a buzzsaw. We'll see what they are made out of and how Verlander fares.
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