Dan Lambskin wrote:filthy...in the past he seems to fade after the ASB though, so it will be intersting to see if he keeps it up. i still give the edge to Roy right now
No doubt Halladay has the inside track with his history and stuff. Verlander is an exeperienced major leaguer now, though, so maybe he has learned what he needs to do to stay strong all season. I love the way he is pitching right now, but before I could say Cy Young and Verlander in the same sentence I have to see how well he does when his stuff is there. Cy Young winners give up 4-5 when they are off, Verlander's April ERA was 6.75 which suggests that when he is off he is awful.
He adjusted his arm angle during spring training. During his first 4 starts he allowed 21 ER. Then after his fifth start (7 IP, 0 ER, 9 K), he said he finally got comfortable with the new arm angle, and has rattled off 9 QS in a row since then (most of them absolutely filthy, allowing 2 ER or less in 8 of the 9), so I tend to buy his explanation. So I don't think you can take that 6.75 ERA is an indication of what its like when he is off. He seems to have become comfortable with the new arm angle and hasn't been off yet since he has. Not saying he won't ever be off ever, just don't think we have an indicator yet of what it will be like with the new angle.