Verlander Chasing Greinke

Everyone knows that Zack Greinke has been brilliant this year. The young Royals ace continues to be quite the story from the first two months, blowing hitters away and accumulating some hilarious numbers through nine starts. However, during the last month approximately, hes actually been out pitched by a division rival. Heres what Justin Verlander has been doing in his last six starts. 42 1/3 innings, 24 hits, 0 home runs, 10 walks, 60 strikeouts, 1.14 FIP, 0.85 Cory James Jersey ERAOf the 24 hits hes allowed, 21 have been singles. Hes faced 159 batters, and they're hitting .162/.220/.182 against him. National League pitchers are hitting .139/.190/.172 around the season, if you want a frame of reference for just what Milton Williams Jersey sort of domination Verlander is currently enjoying. Included in those six starts are three of the top four strikeout games within the American League this season. On May 14th, Verlander struck out 13 Twins batters. On May 3rd and could 8th, he struck out 11 Indians batters. Joba Chamberlain is the only other AL pitcher to record 11+ strikeouts inside a game this year, and he made it happen once. Verlanders second game from the Indians registered a game score of 92 the very best any pitcher has already established this season. So much for figuring out a pitcher after youve gotten a chance to see him twice in the same week. The Indians were pleased to see Verlander move on to destroying other teams offensive hopes. In terms of WPA, Verlander has tallied up 2.30 wins throughout his current six start stretch of brilliance. Greinke leads all major league starters in WPA with a 2.50 mark, which averages out to .27 WPA per start. Verlander is averaging .38 WPA per start during his last six appearances. In fact, you can look at all the different combinations of six start stretches Cooper Helfet Jersey that Greinke has had this season, and none of them are quite as good as the main one Verlander happens to be on. Yes, were splitting hairs a bit when were saying the guy having a 1.14 FIP is pitching much better than the guy with a 1.40 FIP, as both of them are pitching at remarkably awesome levels, and also the point isnt to downgrade Greinkes accomplishments in the slightest I just want to give some context to how good Verlander continues to be lately. His season ERA might only stand at 3.55 because of some rough performances by his teammates during his first four starts, but Verlander has had them out of the equation for the last month or so. With a 12.76 K/9 throughout his run of unhittablene s, Sean Smith Jersey hes eliminating the chance for bad defense or tough luck to mask how well hes been pitching all year long. Hes had a large amount of ground to achieve, given how much better Greinke did to begin the year, but Verlander is pitching in a Cy Young level at this time. Watching these two face off all summer ought to be a lot of fun.