Maybe the most unexpected and impressive developments of the 2016 season is the return to dominance of Justin Verlander. No one saw this level of pitching returning for JV. What a joy he has been to watch. So let’s revisit a post we published earlier this season.

Totally Tigers

By:  Kurt Snyder

What have you done for me lately? It’s the constant expectation that successful athletes must live by. And it can be ruthless. Fans will be behind you for years just as long as you are successful. But your leash is short when things begin to take a turn for the worse.

And it doesn’t matter what causes the turn; injuries, slumps or just plain decline in skills. Pitchers especially are held to an almost unrealistic standard. It begins with winning, followed by the expected large salary, should your team decide to invest long-term. And once a team does, that scrutiny is always lurking around the corner, ready to pounce, ready to unleash criticism at the slightest hiccup.

Justin Verlander: the crown jewel rookie upstart  of 2006. He gave fans a taste and fans wanted to dig in. But JV wasn’t quite a pitcher yet. He was a thrower…

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  1. HIs resurgence is due to a combination of maturity, superb competitive personality, and a return of some of his fastball. He was only 91/92 last year. He routinely touches 95 now. Whatever dynamic caused that improvement should be analyzed and used by others. Swing an miss stuff is always good.


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