AngryMonkey wrote:The only aspect of his game which keeps him out of Santana/Peavy territory is Ks. Like Oswalt and Webb he will K a good number of batters each year, but he isn't going to approach the ridiculous filthy K numbers which Santana/Peavy post year in and year out. In terms of fantasy, this is the main difference for me. So I'd throw him in with Oswalt, Webb (keep in mind both are having down years this year) and Haren as well, but not in Santana/Peavy/Liriano (when he returns) territory.
you do realize liriano and verlander averaged pretty close to the same amout of K/per 9 in the minors right...
Verlander was also known for K's through his college career, a main reason why he suffered last year was the inability to throw his out pitch(knuckle-curveball) because of consistent blister problems so they had him get comfortable with the more conventional grip this year.
i think his K's will continue to climb then regress. it's more fo the control that was the problem in college when he was drafted but they tweaked his mech's and motion for better control.