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Ray Zorback wrote:He thinks he has found his problem:
“Obviously the results weren’t what I would have liked, not even close,” Verlander said. “But I think we found something the other day in my mechanics that seemed to make everything crisper today. I thought it might make me a little more erratic for a start or two, but I know when it feels right, it feels right. It was definitely the right move to make.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2013 ... z2a9u2Wi9m
Skin Blues wrote:His velocity is fine. A lot has been made about the 91 MPH cutoff; it's always been there, and looking at seasonal game charts he's only down to about 92.5 MPH average from 93.5 last season, and his slider velocity is pretty much identical, if not higher than last season. Pretty much every peripheral statistic (the ones that stabilize much faster than ERA/WHIP and are a better indicator of talent/effectiveness) is close to where you'd expect it. K% is down a bit (entirely because of July - his K% from the first 3 months was higher than last season's total) and BB% is up a bit, but nothing drastic. His BABIP is way out of whack which is causing most of the trouble. ..
...July has been pretty awful overall but there are still flashes of the old Verlander, and I'm not gonna panic too much based on one month of stats from a healthy pitcher with such a long track record.
TheTrith wrote:He's walking nearly 50% more batters
TheTrith wrote:More hits allowed than innings pitched cannot simply be chalked up to bad luck.
TheTrith wrote:Another thing thats scary, if you want to dig into the underlying stats, is that his SwSt% is way down.
Last year it was 11.7%
This year under 10%, (down to 9.9, a drop of nearly 20% !)
TheTrith wrote:Also look at his max velocity for this year. According to pitch f/x he hasnt cracked 100mph on either 2 seam or 4 seam fastballs this year, something he had done regularly over the past few seasons. You'd think if everything is ok he would have hit 100 at least once.
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