Rangers 12, Tigers 4
It’s been a bad week with the Tigers going 1-6, losing in dramatic and blowout fashion, with today’s game being an example of the latter. Justin Verlander (11 GS, 71.1 IP, 4.04 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) had one of the worst outings of his career during one of his worst stretches, allowing nine runs in 5.1 innings while striking out one and walking three. The contact was good and the bounces didn’t go his way. It’s probably time to worry about him a little bit, even if worrying about him means he’s throwing like a back end starter rather than a front end one. The bats couldn’t get enough going despite a couple runs early and a couple of runs late, allowing the game to coast to an underwhelming end which included a hamstring issue that led to Cabrera coming out of the game and an ankle issue that took Joba. A long flight to Oakland will set up Drew Smyly (6 GS, 39.1 IP, 2.97 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 0.6 fWAR) on Monday.
The Moment: Nick walks twice!