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Batter vs. Pitcher career splits can be dicey (i.e. small sample sizes, previous seasons, etc.) but for what it's worth, I took a look at how Wilson and Verlander have fared against players they're likely to face in Game 1. I removed injured players (e.g. Brennan Boesch) or players very unlikely to play (e.g. Treanor).
Verlander vs. Rangers (130 PAs)OBP: .285SLG: .297OPS: .581
Wilson vs. Tigers (83 PAs)OBP: .289SLG: .338OPS: .627
Pretty depressing from an offensive point of view. Detroit also has a good bullpen. This isn't going to be an easy series at all.
Anyone looked at how Verlander has performed at the Ballpark?
Just saw your other post in which you point out that Detroit's bullpen was 28th in xFIP, so maybe I spoke too soon. I haven't followed them closely, but from the games I've seen, they looked better than that. Benoit and Velverde are certainly good. But Velverde has a huge spread between xFIP and ERA.
Jason Verlander has made 3 career starts at the Ballpark, and none were recent.
2009 - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 13 K - Win (13-5)2007 - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K - Win (10-0)2006 - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K - Win (7-0)
Collectively he is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 26:4 strikeout to walk ratio.
Is Jason any relation to Justin Verlander? LOL. Thanks for the #'s, but those were different teams compared to 2011's team.
Appreciated, TexastRangers, but in fairness to the 2011 Rangers, their offense is better than any of those years. Of course, one could also argue that Verlander is probably a better pitcher now, as well...
Jason is Justin's evil twin. /facepalm
My bad, not sure where that came from...
I can't cast stones bro. I make mistakes in haste to make my point all the time on here. And as Andy and I said, the numbers do reflect Verlander's worthiness as a stud pitcher, but those years were totally different teams than this one. My hope is that the groove and tear we had hoped for for Cruz, begins tomorrow night and continues. I hope Josh goes on one too. If this offense fires on all cylinders and the pitching can maintain their level of production? God help the opposition.
Verlander may be wearing down. He pitched more innings than anyone in several years in 2011. He struggled in his last start of the season and in his ALDS start. probably why he was not allowed to pitch in Game 5. I am sure he will still be good, but eventually being a workhorse has to catch up to you...
This is just a feeling I have but I think Texas is going to be just fine against the Tigers. On Saturday, C.J. certainly can't be as bad as he was against the Rays and the offense -- even against Verlander -- will be better than it was against that fuzz cheeked rookie.In the other matchups, I feel as if the Dutchstache will be a bit more relaxed than he was in his first playoff start and the Ranger hitters will be comfortable at home. Colby looked very tough in his most recent start and Harrison was very good in Game 4 in Tampa.Now, going to Detroit, that may be another matter.But the feeling from these precincts is good.And as always, I have the right to come back in a few days and say "never mind.''
Ricky, no disagreement from me. I was just responding to an earlier request for his numbers for our Ballpark, which are limited, and way out of date.
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