Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for making this one, even if it is how Fangraphs is recruiting their writers these days. MLB Tonight took a leaf out of Drew Shepard’s book and overlapped each of Justin Verlander’s four pitches into one video clip. So, naturally, we GIF’d it.
His base-stealing days are over—he hasn’t even attempted a stolen base this year yet—and he will likely strike out more than 100 times this season, but his fast start is one of the big reasons why the Tigers find themselves at the end of April in first place in the American League Central.
Rondon’s command issues have been a recurring theme going back to spring training. He entered this spring as the leading candidate to be the closer to start the season, but control problems proved too troublesome and he opened the season in Triple-A Toledo. He is expected to reclaim his closer role in Toledo upon his return.
In recent days, all three of those right-handers have said that good pitching, like good hitting, is contagious.
They are providing the evidence, too.
Justin Verlander turned in the Tigers’ sixth straight quality start Tuesday night. He began the streak last Thursday. Each of the other four starters has contributed one quality start to the streak.