(VČERA 24. 6. 2018, 16:21:02, Beyond the Boxscore)
With the total lack of competition in the AL Central, the Indians can afford to slack. That doesnâ€™t mean they donâ€™t need to improve for the postseason, though.
The last three seasons has been the Indians watching their competition in the AL Central slowly slip away. In 2016, the year in which they made it all the way to game seven of the World Series, they tussled with the Tigers until August, ultimately claiming the division:
In 2017, as not only the Royals and White Sox were in their rebuilds, so were the Tigers, dismantling their team, including the famous shipping of Justin Verlander to the Astros. The Indiansâ€™ divisional odds never dropped below 79.7%, and that was on April 14th. They cruised to a division odd, the longest modern winning streak, and a whopping 108 Pythagorean wins. Losing the final three games to the Yankees in the ALDS was a stinging blow, but the team should have been proud of such a talented team on paper (více...)
Justin Verlander had his next scheduled start bumped up to Sunday
(20. 6. 2018, 23:56:36, rotoworld.com)
Justin Verlander had his next scheduled start bumped up to Sunday against the Royals. Verlander will switch places with Gerrit Cole, who will start on Monday against the Blue Jays to keep both on regular rest. [...] (více...)
Justin Verlander allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings and struck
(20. 6. 2018, 05:56:16, rotoworld.com)
Justin Verlander allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10 Tuesday against the Rays. It was Verlander's best outing of the month thus far, but it wasn't quite enough to secure a win opposite Blake Snell. [...] (více...)
Vintage Verlander stacks up to ageless wonders
(16. 6. 2018, 17:42:01, MLB.com)
Justin Verlander, at age 35, is not all that old "for the earth." But it's definitely too old to be doing what he's doing, i.e. at or near the top of the Majors in seemingly every category that counts. (více...)
How far ahead are Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the Cy Young races?
(15. 6. 2018, 20:21:02, Beyond the Boxscore)
Are they already locks? If now, how close are they?
Weâ€™re not even halfway into the Major League Baseball season, so itâ€™s probably just a tad too early to be having a discussion about eventual award winners. Anyway, here we are, doing it anyway.
Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are each pacing their respective leagues in the starting pitching department, and, as of now, itâ€™s not particularly close. Scherzer, with his 3.9 fWAR, and Verlander, with his 3.5 fWAR, are in first and second in the majors in fWAR, respectively, and the rest of their leagues arenâ€™t quite breathing down their necks, either, but I will get to that in just a little bit. (více...)