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Monday, May 26, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL CRISIS POINT REVISITED: JUSTIN VERLANDER BOMBING LIKE I SAID HE WOULD

Thanks for making me look smart Justin.  The rock bottom of the 2014 fantasy baseball season and the firm exclamation point regarding yours truly telling anyone who would listen....and not many did....that former top pitcher in the game Justin Verlander was on a sharp decline, was completely validated to a "T" in his beyond awful Sunday start.  Leading up to the game and all season long I explained about how Verlander was on the C.C. Sabbathia 2013 decline as his velocity had dropped for the third season in a row, his hit rate shot way up, and his walks were getting out of control.  In addition the former 240 K monster was losing strikeouts left and right.  The bottom literally fell out for Verlander Sunday as he gave up 6 ER in 5.1 IP while giving up a ridiculous 11 hits and 3  walks.  The number of strikeouts?  Try only 1.  That brought Verlander's season ERA to 4.04 and his WHIP a truly horrific 1.51.  For anyone who tried to debate me earlier in the season about my negative views on Verlander, needless to say I believe I got the last laugh.  Comparisons to Sabbathia's 2013 gross fade as right on par as the rapid loss of velocity has made him more hittable than ever and the strikeouts have fallen off the map as the fastball lags.  What is worse is that Verlander's XFIP is almost 5.00 as he has benefitted from some good luck on his BABIP which means he has actually pitched worse.  Put it all together and Verlander is now looking like he is really nothing more than around an SP 4.  Seriously.  As I always say the numbers don't lie and all you have to do is go back to this past winter to see I spoke about the negatives surrounding Verlander before the season began.  This was one guy I wanted no part of this season and the numbers have bore that out.  What a joke this guy is. 

 

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