Detroit Tigers Playoff Starting Rotation: Send Justin Verlander To Bullpen

Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

If you were to ask any of my family or friends Justin Verlander is my Tiger, has been since 2006.  That makes this article that much harder to write.  If I were managing the Detroit Tigers my starting rotation would be:

1. Max Scherzer

2. Doug Fister

3. Anibal Sanchez

4. Rick Porcello

I would put Justin Verlander in the bullpen, San Francisco did this in the playoffs last year with Tim Lincecum. This idea worked well for the San Francisco Giants last year when they moved Tim Lincecum to the bullpen, they won the World Series and this year he is back as a starter.  Even last year this would be insane to even think about, however you do not pick playoff lineups on past performance.  Your decision should be based solely on the current performance.  Since the All-Star break the other 4 starting pitchers have had better stats than Verlander has had

Justin seems to be alright for a couple of innings and then all of a sudden you look at the scoreboard and he has given up 3 runs.  Some of this may be due to the fact that he has thrown more innings and pitches than any other player in baseball over the last three years.  Jim Leyland tends to over use him, but they have been victorious doing that.  Not that the back end rotation of Smyly, Rondon, and Benoit have not been doing the job, they have been.  It would be awesome to see a Smyly, Verlander, Benoit and in an emergency Verlander could go 2 or even 3 innings.  This would solve there relief pitching concerns and still keep their strong starting pitching going.  I would take those 4 against any 4 starters in baseball and more than likely come out on top.  This could be the decision that wins us a World Series.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander

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  • verlander

    //Even last year this would be insane to even think about//

    No, this is still insane to think about. They’ll put Porcello in the ‘pen.

    Also, if you’re going to make an outrageous statement like this, I, as a reader, expect solid evidence to back it up. Where is the actual evidence to support this idea?

  • Richard Seroka

    My latest article have it guys

  • Richard Seroka

    And I as the writer will provide them for you k=strike outs, Ip=Innings pitched
    Max Scherzer er=earned runs era=earned run ave
    Play offs
    2-1 40k 33Ip 14er 3.82era
    2nd half 2013
    6-0 44k 48.2ip 8er 1.69era

    Anibal Sanchez
    playoffs
    1-2 18k 20.1ip 4er 1.77era
    2nd half 2013
    4-1 41k 47.2ip 8er 1.51era
    Doug Fister
    playoffs
    2-2 29k 36.1ip 12er 2.97era
    2nd half 2013
    4-1 32k 46.2ip 12er 2.31era
    Rick Porcello
    playoffs
    0-1 13k 16.1ip 8er 4.41era
    2nd half 2013
    3-1 24k 36ip 15er 3.75era
    Justin Verlander
    playoffs
    6-4 77k 70.1ip 33er 4.22era
    2nd half 2013
    2-3 41k 47.2ip 22er 4.15era
    So as I said in the article Justin is having the worse second half of all the pitchers and based on this he would be the one I would move to the bullpen.

    • verlander

      Sample sizes, dude.

  • http://www.LambertKlein.com Lambert Klein

    I would move Sanchez up to 1 or 2. The rest looks good.

  • Eino Yuhare

    Are you high?

  • douinda

    Sometimes a few games in the bullpen can make a difference.

  • JD

    I agree with the author. Given his last outings and struggles this season, the pen in the playoffs may be best for him and the team. I am not even sure you do not go with three starters and put Porcello in the pen with him. This has nothing to do with what he has done in the past, but placing your team in the best position to win the World Series. Now, keep in my mind this could change if he “figures it out” over his remaining starts.