I have Verlander and King Felix pretty close…and whoever gets to 16 wins loses!.
A year ago today, he got his 20th win of the season in Minnesota. Tonight in Kansas City, he seeks his 13th win. Yet his ERA is almost the same as at this point last season.
When he won his 20th game last season, his ERA rose to 2.38. He finished the season at 2.40.
His ERA for this season is 2.50.
A look at several other categories shows how Verlander is pitching with dominance comparable to last season:
• Quality starts: He went 28-for-34 in quality starts last season. (A quality start is one in which a pitcher goes at least six innings and doesn’t allow more than three earned runs.) He’s 20-for-26 in quality starts this season.
• Strikeouts: Verlander had 250 last season to lead the majors. He’s on pace for 251 this season. (But he might finish second on his own team to Max Scherzer.)
• Slugging percentage: The opposition’s slugging percentage off Verlander last season was .313. This season, it’s .318.
• Homers: Verlander gave up 24 last season. He’s on pace to allow 21 this season.
• Innings pitched: Verlander threw 251 last season to lead the league. He’s on a pace to throw 249 this season.
Posted: August 28, 2012 at 02:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
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