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Will Verlander bounce back?
A rough outing Tuesday night capped a miserable August for Justin Verlander, as he dropped to 12-10 with a 3.73 ERA. More troubling? He's winless in his past four starts and the Tigers are 13-15 in games he's started. But there's good news: With the Tigers a near-lock for the playoffs, Verlander has time to figure things out. And the stats show he's done it before: Verlander is 9-4 in August the past four seasons, but 13-1 in September in the past three. Will he bounce back in time to help Detroit in the playoffs?
Justin Verlander rocked again
Watch out, Detroit Tigers fans. In addition to Miguel Cabrera's nagging injury -- he's missed three straight games with a hurt left hip flexor -- Justin Verlander continued his confounding season on Thursday, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Now, the Tigers are far from doomed; they're still three games up on Cleveland in the AL Central. But one must wonder if something isn't amiss with the 2011 American League MVP.
Yu Darvish vs. Justin Verlander
Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander will face off on Thursday as the Rangers host the Tigers. Both pitchers have excelled this season, with Verlander sporting a miniscule ERA and Darvish coming within one out of throwing a perfect game. Who will prevail when these two pitching titans face off? Could this matchup be a playoff preview?
Justin Verlander is making so much money, you guys. The 30-year-old Tigers pitcher is set to make $180 million over seven years, with an option for an eighth year that would bring the value of the deal to $202 million. This pretty easily makes him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, beating Felix Hernandez by about $5 million. Considering his accomplishments -- five All-Star appearances, a Cy Young Award, the fact that he somehow throws harder in the ninth inning than he did in the first (which makes him possibly a wizard) -- we'd say he's made a good argument for it.
Both Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez are dominant. Hernandez has a perfect game to his name, while Verlander has two no-hitters.