Tigers 5 @ Cubs 3

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Not much, but here goes…
  • Lil’ Darwin Barney collected two hits in a losing effort.
  • Travis Wood didn’t crap the bed, allowing three runs in 6.2 IP.
  • I had a great lunch today. Of course, even the worst meal I ever had was pretty good.

What Went Wrong

  • Justin Verlander didn’t get lost or abducted by aliens on his way to the ballpark.
  • I didn’t expect the Cubs to score many runs today, but they walked ZERO times against Verlander and Jose Valverde.
  • It’s frustrating to lose to the Tigers when their 2-3-4 hitters go 2 for 12, but that’s what happened.
  • Austin Jackson was a wrecking machine, picking up three hits and three RBIs.
  • Little elves didn’t come over and restock my fridge with beer. I keep waiting and waiting. Not sure what the problem is.

He’s Not Human

This just in…that Justin Verlander guy is pretty good. Many of you know that my wife is a lifelong Detroit fan, so we catch a lot of Tigers baseball via the MLB Package. I’m not sure how many of Verlander’s 213 career starts I’ve seen, but it’s a bunch. For me, he’s the most enjoyable player to watch in all of baseball.

Verlander’s stuff is undeniable, but the way he competes every single time he takes the mound is always a sight to see. My only fear is that Jim Leyland will break the seemingly unbreakable Verlander.

Hopefully Verlander is this generation’s Nolan Ryan, because the Tigers ride him like a mule.  For those of you who care about the Hall of Fame, here are some of Verlander’s comps at age 29:

  • Mike Mussina
  • Ramon Martinez
  • Barry Zito
  • Jack McDowell
  • Mark Mulder

If he stays healthy, Verlander should pile up career numbers better than anybody on that list, even the very underrated Mussina.

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