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Justin Verlander may not have had the best regular season, going 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA, but he's more than made up for it in the postseason.
In three starts, Verlander has gone 23 innings and given up only one run, which was a home run to Mike Napoli in Game 3 of the ALCS. Sadly, it was the only run of the game as the Red Sox picked up the win.
For Verlander, the lack of run support should be something he's used to. You have to go all the way back to Sept. 13 when the Tigers scored six runs against the Royals to find the last time Verlander got more than three runs of support. This year, Verlander has started seven games where the Tigers scored no runs.
Even with little run support in the postseason, Verlander has been able to show why he's the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
His fastball continues to be dominant, according to Brooksbaseball.net. Hitters are hitting just .125 against it and have struck out 20 times. And his curveball has been even more devastating, striking out eight hitters and allowing .071 average with the pitch.
When you look at his pitch outcomes, you see he's getting hitters to swing at everything. Most notably he's getting hitters to make contact with his fastball 53 percent of the time, but the .125 average shows you how much success they're having against it.
If the ALCS goes to seven games, Verlander will get the ball once more. It will be the second time he's received the ball in a winner-take-all game this postseason. If he pitches the way he has all postseason (and the Tigers can get a few hits), there's no reason why Verlander won't win again.