Okay, who's the wise guy that changed the A's Wikipedia page?
We all know that Justin Verlander figuratively "owned" the Oakland A's, but one wiseacre changed the team's Wikipedia page to lead you to believe he literally "owns" them.
While the page has been changed back to reflect the co-ownership of Lew Wolff and John J. Fisher, this is how it looked some time after the Tigers beat the A's in Game 5 of the ALDS.
A ton of money and the blessing of the commissioner might get you an actual MLB franchise. However, Verlander took the more immediate route to his figurative ownership of the team that took the AL West by 5.5 games this season.
In two games in the ALDS, the star right-hander allowed just six hits and no runs. If you care about more flashy stats, Verlander punched out 21 batters and walked just two.
Now consider this is the same guy who was usurped at the top of the rotation by the red-hot Max Scherzer to start the series, and you begin to see Verlander may be out to prove he is still the ace we all enjoyed through the last few seasons.
In 2013, his ERA (3.46) and WHIP (1.31) were at their worst since 2008.
He was also mediocre in his final start of the 2012 postseason against the eventual World Series champion Giants, tossing just four innings and giving up five runs.
Of course, that postseason started out with him annihilating the A's in the 2012 ALDS, throwing 16 innings through two games wherein he gave up just one earned run and struck out 22.
Eye on Baseball's Matt Snyder broke down Verlander's gaudy stats at O.co Coliseum:
"0.30 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 37 strikeouts, six walks, 30 innings pitched. So, yeah, he might as well own O.co Coliseum."
Really, those numbers are enough to at least put the man's name on the lease.
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