Inukchuk wrote:I would imagine it's pretty safe to say he got left in too long today. How many pitches was he at after 7?
i forgot the number but i think it was high 80's. he was pretty stellar through those first 7 innings allowing only 2 hits. then they got to him in the 8th. 3 more runs scored before he was pulled by leyland and 2 more runs were charged to him when the bullpen allowed hit, walk, hit before being able to record ONE out. so 5 runs total were charged to verlander that inning.
being a verlander owner right now, it's pretty irritating because in both games i've tracked, verlander has pitched fairly well. but once he ran into trouble or got over that 100 pitch count, leyland would replace him and the bullpen would allow all the inherited baserunners to score so they were charged to verlander. other than a few innings here and there, i'd say verlander hasnt been a disappointment so far. it's just that none of us really thought that the ineptitude of the bullpen would raise verlander's era.