Sizzling Hot Player of the Week: Justin Verlander

15 06 2011
Justin Verlander

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Justin Verlander just led the Detroit Tigers to a shutout win against the Cleveland Indians.  The win made the Tigers lead the American League Central Divion for the first time this season.  For Verlander it was his 5th straight win.  He has won 7 out of 8 starts since his second career no-hitter in Toronto last May 7.  Here are some amazing stats from his starts this month:

Record: 3-0 (8-3 Overall)

Innings pitched: 27 (he now leads the AL pitchers in IP)

Runs Allowed: 3

Strikeouts: 29 (He leads the AL with 105 k’s this season)

He has been torching players with near 100 mph fastballs late in the game and combined with a curveball 20 miles slower form the same arm slot, even the best hitters have a little chance when he is on.  His control is superb and the recent games.  He has shown baseball fans and fantasy team owners that he is one true ace.

He is on way another All-Star selection and Cy Young consideration.  Hopefully the Tigers will help him in the months to come to achieve his first Cy Young award.  I am sure that he will be a major factor in Detroit’s pennant and playoff bid.  The outlook is good so far and I would be rooting to see him pitch again in October.


World Series Game 2: Giants lead 2-0 after shutout win

30 10 2010
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Matt Cain pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to lead the San Francisco Giants to 9-0 win in Game 2 of the World Series against the AL Champs Texas Rangers. Edgar Renteria continues to surprise people this October by hitting a home run along with 3 RBIs. The series will shift to Texas with the Rangers trying to avoid being swept in its first World Series.

World Series: Giants take Game 1

28 10 2010
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What was expected to be a pitchers duel turned out to be a semi-batting practice by the San Francisco Giants.  The bats of San Francisco made the seemingly unhittable Cliff Lee look ordinary.  Freddy Sanchez had 3 doubles and was key in the six run 5th inning in putting the Giants ahead of the AL Champs Texas Rangers.

Ted Lincecum, who happens to be part Filipino did his part to limit the offense of the Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series.  The Rangers defense also helped the Giants by committing 4 errors.

caloycomment: It was great to see some offense in Game 1. Many bettors thought the Cliff Lee would just mow the down the batting order.  Boy, they were wrong. I would expect a series that will be full of Home runs and runs.  Giants in 6!!! 😉