The Detroit Tigers have won just 6 of their last 6 games. Some of those losses to can attribute to the bullpen but three of them can be credited directly to Justin Verlander.
Over his last four games Justin Verlander is 1-3 with a 5.25 ERA and 1.793 WHIP. During this four game stretch Verlander has given up most of his runs in one disastrous inning.
Last night against the White Sox was no exception. Verlander game up 7 runs in the sixth inning before being removed after just 5 2/3 innings of work. The Tigers added another run in the 7th but lost 8-2.
The Sox scored six of their seven runs against the Tigers with two outs, leaving some to wonder why he was left in the game when he had clearly lost his stuff.
“He’s our horse. I wanted him to get Eaton,” Ausmus said. “And then once Eaton gets on, he’s pitched well against Beckham in the past and I felt like he still had a good chance to get Beckham. But obviously not tonight.
“I definitely wanted him out there. I know he would always tell me he’s good, but he looked good from the side. He didn’t look like he was losing any of his stuff. I mean, he’s our guy. He really is.”
Sounds like Ausmus is trying to convince himself that Verlander is the “horse” of the Tigers rotation. In fact Verlander has been more mule than horse and he is carrying a lot of runs in his saddle bags.
The Tigers will try to get back into the win column today when they play the White Sox in the series finale.