Verlander Strikes Again!

Once again, Justin Verlander came in and imposed his will on a game this playoffs. Unfortunately it was not one of his signature strikeout performances, but Verlander dominated over the 8 1/3 innings.

The 2012 Playoffs are turning into the Justin Verlander show!

It was a cold night in Detroit, cold not because its fastly becoming fall, but because the pitching version of Mr. October was on the mound for the Tigers. Verlander dominated the game throughout, not by his typical standards. He struck out just 3 batters, walked none, and took a shutout into the 9th inning. He was able to weasel his way out of trouble for the majority of the game, racking up 115 pitches going into the 9th inning.

But to lead off the inning, Verlander showed a little vunerability in his matchup with Eduardo Nunez. But pesky as he is, Nunez was able to work the count, and when Verlander hung a curveball on the 9th pitch of the at-bat, Nunez slammed it over the left-field fence giving the Yankees a glimmer of hope. It prevented the Yankees from becoming the first team to be shut out in consecutive playoff games since the 1991 Pirates.

After Brett Gardner followed with a pesky at-bat of his own, ending with a weak tap out to the pitcher, Verlander’s night was done at 132 pitches.

Although Verlander threw a no-hitter, won 24 games, won the MVP and Cy Young awards, this year he might come away with the ultimate prize, the World Series trophy. He has not allowed more than 2 runs this whole postseason, both on solo home runs.

Yankees are down 3-0 in the series with C.C. Sabathia on the mound tonight. Unless this is 2004 and the Yankees can turn into the Red Sox, they are done. No way they can come back from this deficit. They are an old team, missing their best hitter, while their highest paid player is sitting on bench. Might as well write this team’s death certificate for this playoffs.

Game 3 of the NLCS is tonight. Matt Cain to face Kyle Lohse Big moment in this series, with the Cardinals going home for 3 straight games. Whoever can take 2 out of 3 or better in St. Louis should have the clear advantage. My guess, Cards take 2 in St. Louis, then close out game 6 in San Francisco. Tune in to see if I’m right!

 

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