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Postby mrbo » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:29 pm

I didnt watch the entire game, but from what I did watch I didnt see him even reach 95 once in yesterdays (June 7) game @CWS.

Was anyone watching more closely? Was he throwing anything faster than 95? In previous games I'd seen him throw 100+ on consecutive pitches. I'd also seen him still throwing 100mph after 110 pitches.

Could it be the bleeding hand (blister?) from last weeks game vs the Yanks?

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Postby dipset » Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:23 pm

Not sure
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Postby Trot Nixon » Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:49 pm

I watched what they put on ESPN, and from what I saw, it was down...but it could also be due to that fact that they were in another stadium so the radar could have been different...I just don't trust the MPH shown on TV.
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Postby freeling_prideful » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:27 pm

Under normal circumstances I'd say absolutely you should never worry about the gun. However, in Verlander's case it is a concern...he hasn't thrown over 140 innings in a year, he was shut down last year due to shoulder fatigue (despite throwing only like 130-some innings).

Meanwhile, his K rates have been unimpressive this year and getting lower...I think it's all indicating that he is beginning to slow down. I expect that the Tigers will probably end up shutting him down in late August or early September, b/c it's just not healthy to push a guy more than 50-60 innings over where he was the previous year. Once he starts hitting the 160-180 range, his velocity will no doubt fall and they'll have to sit him.
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Postby SOUTHSIDE HITMEN » Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:36 pm

Watched the game and Hawk said the radar was reading 5 to 6 MPH slower than actual. I seen Verlander hit 94 so really it was 99 to 100.
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Postby Wynk23 » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:36 pm

Noticed the same thing.
I think it was something with the gun.
Zumaya was only hitting 93-95 from what I remember.
The 5-6 MPH off sounds right to me.
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Postby DetroitDan » Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:11 am

SOUTHSIDE HITMEN wrote:Watched the game and Hawk said the radar was reading 5 to 6 MPH slower than actual. I seen Verlander hit 94 so really it was 99 to 100.

Like the hitmen said, the gun in CHW has been weird this series. Contreas was around 85, Zumaya 91. It was oboviously way off. No worries for JV as of now.
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Postby RaNe » Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:58 am

dipset wrote:Not sure

Quite an informative post...

Anyways, I read about the blister that Verlander was having problems with, and I don't think it's going to linger much longer. I expect him to get back on track. Also, from what the others said, there's nothing to worry about because he's still throwing the heat.
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