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A drop in spring velocity doesn't concern me here. He's 36 and as established of an ace as exists in baseball; he doesn't need to show that he can throw 100 in March. Sure, the age will catch up to him eventually, but he has room to decline and still be an excellent starter. His spring results look fine and there's a report that he's improved his changeup. I'm not anywhere remotely close to worried at this point.

https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/03/12/justin-verlander-houston-astros-changeup

 

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23 minutes ago, Triple Short Of a Cycle said:

So what's the deal with him? Has not looked like himself in all 3 starts

Velocity is fine but location appears off. He also seems to have "blow-up" innings where his pitch count gets high which impacts his whole start 

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56 minutes ago, zingzing said:

He is exactly what u dream of when u draft ur first pitcher, consistent stud. 

 ^^^ That is seriously true! I mean the luxury of knowing start after start no matter if it's a healthy Yankees at Yankee stadium, he's gonna get it done.Always good for the QS even if he has to bulldog his way through it. He's one player I will hate to see leave the game, whenever that is. 

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27 minutes ago, Febonacci said:

So...normally I wouldnt complain but Verlander has had a not so good June.

 

Giving up multiple HRs every game past week. Anyone slightly worried about age catching up this season?

 

Its the changed balls. Juiced balls easier to hit HRS all pitchers are getting lit.

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It seems like the HRs are just going to have to be something you have to get used to.  Even with the bad June, his stats are still fantastic. Maybe it was just regression in a sense.  He looked solid enough last night, aside from the usual HRs, and his obviously really high on the player raters regardless.

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12 minutes ago, jfazz23 said:

cant believe there is only 1 page lol

Same thing for Carlos Santana, who's having a career year, but it's still unbelievable that a player with Verlander's stats only has the one page too.  I guess we're just used to it by now, but maybe the no-hitter will finally spark a second page.

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7 minutes ago, KilloWertz said:

Same thing for Carlos Santana, who's having a career year, but it's still unbelievable that a player with Verlander's stats only has the one page too.  I guess we're just used to it by now, but maybe the no-hitter will finally spark a second page.

I'll do my part. He became just the sixth pitcher with three or more career no-hitters today.

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Had Abraham Toro not homered with 2 outs in the top of the ninth, the game goes to extra innings. Verlander at 120 pitches after 9 might not have come out for the 10th inning and there goes the no hitter. He could have become the next Harvey Haddix.

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