old photo by Samara Pearlstein
I was at work for this entire game. So maybe… someone can explain to me… (deep breath)… how it is that Justin Verlander threw 121 pitches in a whole 5.2 innings.
I mean, I’m just curious. I see that Francisco Liriano went 8 innings and threw a total of 112 pitches. Just throwing that out there.
Of course my box score reading comprehension skills tell me that Verlander didn’t give up that many baserunners, and the only run he allowed was unearned (which begs the other question: WHAT THE GUANO, THREE ERRORS?). He struck out seven while only walking three. So I can GUESS that he was right around the plate all night again, and guys were just fouling off pitches left, right, top, bottom, strange, charm, etc. But it still blows my mind. Over 120 pitches in under 6 innings, and this will be accounted a Pretty Damn Good Start because he struck out a bunch of dudes.
I refuse to accept this. I refuse to lie down (or let my typin’ fingers lie down) and accept the fact that Justin Verlander is always going to be inefficient, and if we want him to pitch a complete game, we just have to expect that it’s going to take 200 pitches.
Let me put it this way: the Tigers need an ace. But you don’t get to be an ace if you’re always out of the game by the 6th. Throwing so many pitches, taking himself out of the game by virtue of that pitch count… Verlander is not going to be an ace with that kind of baggage. And I hate that.