Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:37:01 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander looked at some pictures from earlier in his career and from this season to see if he was changing the grip on the baseball before his start Monday, July 21. He noticed a difference in his arm action and immediately made an adjustment while warming up. He allowed three runs and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It felt like I was able to throw the way I want," Verlander said. "Really, (today was) the first time all year that I've been able to locate my fastball as well as I would like to."
Fantasy Tip: This could be good news moving forward.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:38:03 -0700
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera was quoted that SP Justin Verlander (groin) is still bothered by hernia surgery he had before the season. "There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,'' Cabrera said in Spanish. "It's part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don't see it as frequently."
Fantasy Tip: Miggy later denied saying that, but this would explain why Verlander has looked like a shell of himself this season. It's actually good news. With rest from the All-Star break, Verlander could have a better second half.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:52:52 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander beat the Oakland Athletics for his first win since May 30 Wednesday, July 2, but he allowed two home runs in the first inning.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander is clearly a shell of his former Cy Young self this year while working with diminished fastball velocity. He rared back to reach the high-90s late in the game, which is a good sign. However, you'll probably need to pick and choose your spots with him.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:34:54 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander is looking for consistency. He threw an extended bullpen session Tuesday, June 24, and a shortened bullpen session Wednesday, June 25. Verlander threw off of flat ground Thursday, June 26.
Fantasy Tip: With seven or more runs allowed in back-to-back games, Verlander is a risky start. Consider benching the struggling star, until he turns things around.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:35:08 -0700
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, pitching coach Jeff Jones and SP Justin Verlander analyzed video from the past two seasons, and from Verlander's latest start Monday, June 16, against the Kansas City Royals. "We definitely saw something different between a couple years ago and yesterday," Ausmus said. "I think it's premature. I don't think he needs to reinvent himself. I don't think he needs to start throwing a knuckleball. We're talking about a guy who still throws 96. He hit 98 a few times in Chicago. We're not talking about someone who's gone from 100 to 91. This guy still has it in him. I don't think he's at the point where he needs to reassess his approach to getting hitters out that drastically."
Fantasy Tip: Verlander has allowed seven or more runs in back-to-back outings for the first time in his career, so obviously something is amiss, whether it be mechanics, a nagging injury, etc. The team is working on it, and fantasy owners need to be patient. He is a talented guy who could turn it around soon and re-emerge as a fantasy ace. Plus, there is nothing else to do but be patient, as his trade value is at an all-time low. Why trade him to a competitor just to see the light go off for someone else's team?
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:29:15 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander has allowed a .307 average to opponents on his fastball this year, which is up from .215 in his Cy Young year in 2011. He's progressively lost life on his fastball in each season since 2009, when his average fastball velocity sat at 95.6 mph, which was second in the American League at the time. Now he's down to 92.6 mph, which is outside the top-25 qualified pitchers in the league.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander isn't the same, clearly, and he's in a bad rut right now. He won't be this bad the rest of the way, but he'll need to adapt to his diminished velocity and attack hitters differently. Consider benching him for a start or two, depending on matchups, until he turns it around.
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:36:51 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander allowed seven earned runs and a season-high 12 hits over six innings in a loss against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 16. It is the first time in his career he has allowed seven or more earned runs in consecutive starts.
Fantasy Tip: Something is clearly not right with Verlander, and he has been very ordinary to subpar for fantasy owners lately. It wouldn't be surprising in the least if it comes out he has been pitching through some type of injury, because he is just not himself.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:31:40 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings in his loss to the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, June 11, and he has now lasted less than six innings against the White Sox for the first time since July 26 of 2008. Verlander walked four, giving him consecutive games with four walks for the first time this year.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander has become a shell of his former self recently. It probably starts with his gradual dip in velocity, as he's no longer missing many bats, and opponents are squaring him up more often. He's searching for answers, and they may not come quickly. It's hard to say bench him, but based on the matchups, maybe you at least start to think about it.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:41:56 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly will have his turn in the rotation skipped after the game Tuesday, June 10, against the Chicago White Sox was rained out. The Tigers will use SPs Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer back to back against their division rivals.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:11:03 -0700
The Detroit Tigers have changed their rotation this week following the rainout Tuesday, April 15. SP Anibal Sanchez will go Wednesday, April 16. Justin Verlander is lined up for Thursday, April 17. Drew Smyly will go later in the week.