High Stakes For Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Oct 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) celebrates after striking out the batter with a runner on third base against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 1-0 with a walk off win. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Verlander is a big game pitcher.  He wants the ball when the spotlight is hottest and the pressure the highest. There is another perception of Justin Verlander. It is the one of postseason under-achiever.

Verlander erased some of the perception with solid postseason performances last year.  That can all be undone if he loses tonight.

But that is the job of an ace pitcher.  To put his team on his back and will them to win.

Can Justin Verlander do that tonight.

The numbers suggest he can.

Verlander has a 2.10 ERA against The Oakland Athletic’s in the playoffs.  He also has a 16 scoreless inning playoff streak going against the A’s dating back to the 2012 postseason. That was Game 5 in the 2012 ALDS,  when he blanked the Athletics in a complete game shut-out, eliminating them from the playoffs.

If he can do that to the A’s again tonight it will solidify his reputation and a big game pitcher ans erase any doubt created by a sub-par 2013 season.  It may also be what the Tigers need to inspire the offense and create momentum that can carry them through to the next round.

Watch how it all plays out tonight on TBS at 9:00 pm and be sure to check with Detroit Jock City for all the latest news and views about the Detroit Tigers 2013 postseason run.

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