Pitcher & No-hitter
May 8, 2011 by staff
Rajai Davis, the Blue Jays do not really have a chance. It may well have been there swinging a match in that final at-bat. After a bad regulator and deposit taking another by a ball, Davis managed to lack of a fastball of 99 mph – 106th pitch by Verlander in the game – Davis fouled a fastball 100 miles per hour. How does it feel to throw 100 in 106 launch game? And Verlander, as always, was seen without effort. As Joe said in the study Magrane MLB Network, which does not even seem to be sweating.
But Verlander did not have the no-hitter for now. Davis hoped to find a way to slide the plate, but it was useless against a final print slider bending, waving helplessly Verlander completed the second no-hitter of his career and second in the majors this week.
Verlander has been in my mind this week. On “Baseball Today” podcast Thursday I asked if he is one of the top 10 starters in the majors. My argument against it is based on the fact that he never had to turn off the lights, sub-3.00 ERA season. Since his rookie season of 2006 – when he pitched the Tigers in the World Series – there have been 25 seasons as a pitcher posted an ERA of 3.00 or less, and pitched 200 innings, but none of Verlander. Maybe that rule is too high? If it drops to 200 innings and an ERA of 3.25 or less, we have 54 seasons … none of Verlander.
Maybe a little touchy. After all, Verlander has won plenty of games: Since 2006, only Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia has more wins. Only five pitchers with more inputs: Halladay, Sabathia, Dan Haren, Felix Hernandez and Bronson Arroyo. But Velander has had only two top-10 finishes in the AL in ERA (seventh in 2006 and sixth in 2009), and its electrical equipment, expectations are that it should be a top-three CY Young contender every season.
Maybe 2011 will finally be the year that he is no longer a competitor, but the winner. He entered Saturday’s game with a record of 2-3 and effectiveness of 3.75, but was an average of 9.6 K per nine (the second highest rate of his career) and a low of his career-7.1 hits per nine. During an inteview after the game on the MLB Network, spoke of how he and the Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp had been working on his delivery a bit slow, so it is a bit more methodical in order to maintain greater consistency and location. He said that in reality marked by his fastball in the first innings against the Blue Jays, pitching 92 to 94, and then brings more speed at the end. And no one maintains its speed at the end of a game like Verlander.
This approach was in line with final box score: four strikeouts (he had 12 in his previous no-hitter in 2007 against the Brewers), but thrown 108 pitches and allowed only one foot, and was in a straight line only 3.2 a couple of inches from the plate to JP Arencibia in the eighth inning.
Maybe this is the last jump to the greatness of Cy Young-type Verlander has finally learned. Take a little off the fastball, look better, throw fewer pitches, mixing in his slider, curve and change … and then use that heater 99 miles per hour when you need it most.
It’s a scary proposition for opposing hitters: Verlander know exactly what you are doing out there.
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