In spite of a crappy 7-0 loss to Seattle, the Tigers' magic number is down to 5 thanks to an assist by our good friends from Kansas City who beat Cleveland. Am concerned that Verlander had 120 pitches in 6 1/2 innings. A loss for him. At this point, when I see Phil Coke come to mound, I have to leave the room. (I like Phil. He's a great guy. But, he's lost his stuff.)
PitchF/x agrees. His velocity has remained consistent enough on all of his pitches, as has his horizontal movement, but his vertical movement is way down. I would guess that these are the balls that are getting hit, changes with no sink, fastballs without enough rise, sliders with no sink etc.