Tuesday, July 05, 2005

One and done

In his MLB debut, Justin Verlander took the loss against the Indians 6-0. His final stat line reads:

J. Verlander (L, 0-1) 5.1 7 4 4 3 4

It was obvious from watching the game that Verlander is a magnificent talent who will win a lot of games in Detroit. I would even venture to say that he's ready for the big leagues right now. However, the Tigers have their 5-man rotation accounted for which leaves no room for Verlander.

Hopefully, Justin's performance will encourage Dave Dombrowski to trade Mike Maroth and/or Jason Johnson at the trade deadline. The Tigers are out of the playoff race and need to begin looking to next year. Verlander's success next year would probably be much greater if he is given the last half of this season to figure out the big leagues.

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