dipset wrote:One question...what happened to the upper 90's fastball?
I asked someone that and apparently his velocity is right where it should be and the reason he sucks turds right now is because he's going out there and trying to pitcher a no-hitter every time he's out there and he's trying to shoulder the whole load himself.
Actually it seems like the exact opposite
Listening to the Tiger's announcers last night, it seemed like the change in pitching approach this season for Verlander is a concious
Apparently Verlander's thought-process is that an "ace" should
be pitching into the 7th or 8th every night, which is tough for a strikeout pitcher to do (he historically has reached the 100 pitch plateau around the fifth or sixth). So, apparently he's changed his approach in order to pitch to more contact. Instead of gassing guys with his 95+ stuff, he's trying to focus on keeping it down to 92-93 and getting more outs, throwing four or five pitches per batter, rather than six or seven. I'm not sure why he'd even think about changing what has worked for him in the past, but apparently this is his (and Chuck Hernandez') "plan"...
It may take a few more games for him to get his head back on straight and start using the flame-thrower again, but the stuff is definitely still there. He's been in the high 90's several times in each game so far, but always dials it back down. He just needs to get back to using it as his primary pitch, rather than the bs off-speed and BP crap he's throwing now. He's obviously not successful as a "contact pitcher".