Detroit Tigers: Verlander and Tigers Not Crisp in Opening Day Loss to Yankees
Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander Drop Game Number One to New York
Well that was a game of unlikely outcomes.
Justin Verlander looked every bit ready to dominate early this season. He was crisp and dominating in the spring. Well, these are the games that matter.
Verlander was in no way horrible. He did enough to invoke confidence that he can anchor this staff. He just wasn't as good as the Tigers needed.
He was pumping fire early, but ended up making some costly walks in the first inning, an inning he would finish with 31 pitches. That may have been enough to tire his arm and allow a home run to Mark Teixeira in the third.
That was the other unlikely outcome of day one in Major League Baseball action. There was a rare Mark Teixeira sighting. The slugger that can't seem to get going early every season was in mid-season form.
He has a three-run blast in the third, and looked very comfortable all day. He said after the game, "I've been petitioning the league to start in March for years. Finally they let us start in March because everybody knows my Aprils. It's great to start this way. ... Last year was awful, it was embarrassing."
Yes, Tex, it was. My fantasy team is just barely coming back from your dismal start.
The Tigers have a lot to be proud of coming away from Thursday. They looked a bit shaky with the glove. In all, they look prepared to once again challenge for the American League Central. One game does not make a season, but we can assume these Tigers are ready to win a boat load of ball games.
Jim Leyland had his own assessment to offer. "Their bullpen and the long ball is what did us in today. I thought it was actually a decent game for the conditions. It was pretty rough."
We know what they Yankees are. They are a power hitting team that may have holes in their rotation. Chin up Tigers fans, this is a very long season.
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