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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This is how Verlander got his groove back

“I was 99 percent sure I was going to need shoulder surgery. I couldn’t throw a baseball.”

By now, you probably know two things: Verlander didn’t need shoulder surgery, and he’s currently enjoying the most dominant season of a probable Hall of Fame career. After Monday’s emphatic 5-1 win over the Yankees, he leads the Majors with a 1.11 ERA. Verlander is pitching for the defending World Series champion Astros in a rotation that could become the best of all time.

Perhaps most tellingly, the 35-year-old Verlander is speaking candidly about a prospect that seemed so remote that night in Pittsburgh four years ago.

He wants to pitch in the Majors for another decade.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 29, 2018 at 01:17 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, justin verlander, tigers

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 29, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5681413)
"In my head, right now, I'm thinking 45," Verlander replied, when asked about the age at which he'd like to retire.

Shouldn't be a problem if Bartolo Colon can do it.
   2. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 01:42 PM (#5681418)
   3. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: May 29, 2018 at 01:53 PM (#5681428)
Shouldn't be a problem if Bartolo Colon can do it.


Verlander isn't in the quality physical condition that Bartolo is in.
   4. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 02:34 PM (#5681478)
Verlander isn't in the quality physical condition that Bartolo is in.


What's the saying? You can't pull fat???
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 29, 2018 at 06:32 PM (#5681721)
In my head, right now, I'm thinking 45,


Well of course, he must continue to work. It's not like he's got anything interesting at home to spend time on...
   6. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 06:35 PM (#5681723)
If this article doesn’t involve Dr. Mike Marshall I’m not interested.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 30, 2018 at 01:05 AM (#5681969)
Verlander isn't in the quality physical condition that Bartolo is in.

You mean "quantity" not "quality".
   8. caspian88 Posted: May 30, 2018 at 02:17 AM (#5681973)
Quantity has a quality all its own.
   9. . . . . . . Posted: May 30, 2018 at 07:25 AM (#5681986)
6 simple tricks the Astros taugh Verlander to revive his career:

Pitch calmly
Inside fastballs
Never groove one
Every pitch counts

Take what the batter gives you
Away, away, away!
Relax
   10. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 30, 2018 at 10:42 AM (#5682127)
Being married agrees with him.
   11. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 31, 2018 at 07:41 PM (#5683464)
In my head, right now, I'm thinking


Where else would one think?
   12. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: May 31, 2018 at 09:32 PM (#5683556)
One's other head.
   13. McCoy Posted: June 01, 2018 at 08:12 AM (#5683844)
By now, you probably know two things: Verlander didn’t need shoulder surgery, and he’s currently enjoying the most dominant season of a probable Hall of Fame career. After Monday’s emphatic 5-1 win over the Yankees, he leads the Majors with a 1.11 ERA.

Fun with sample size-In 2011 in 11 starts from end of May to July he had a 1.15 ERA and went 9-2. In 13 starts he had a 1.32 and was 11-2. He also pitched a little over an inning longer per start back then as well.

   14. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: June 01, 2018 at 08:43 AM (#5683857)
Interestingly, Bill James commented 20 years ago that, for righthanded pitchers with a huge fastball, it’s not uncommon for them to have a 1-2 year career crisis in their early 30s, when they lose a couple MPH off their fastball and have to learn how to get hitters out without being able to consistently blow them away, but then return to or near their former level for a few more years once they figure it out.

Verlander would seem to fit that profile. Now that we have the data, I wonder if his velocity in fact noticeably dropped about the time he started struggling?

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