I have not read anywhere what I think helped Verlander to weaken. In the 6th he was already at about 100 pitches/he ended with 120. Ellsbury singled and it was 0-0 and Verlander made at least, I'm guessing, 20 pitches to 1st to keep him close. I think that those tosses which had to be accurate added to his pitch count fatigue.
Lackey is a fighter like Peavy. Loved it when he was being removed and he said "You've got to be f--king kidding me". At the time I felt he had 2 outs and no hard hit balls in that inning and he should have pitched to Avila whom he owned.
We are batting .133 and at 90 at bats have 43 strike outs, almost 50%. They are not doing much better hitting about .225. Napoli had 6 at bats & all strike outs before his HR. But their guy who walks on water, Cabrera, was 0-4 and the most critical out was with men on 1st & 3rd and he struck out. All games have been close including Tampa except for the 1st, 12-2, so 1-2 runs are critical in this series & I would advise our speedies, Ells, Vic, Pedey and even Nava, Middy, drew & Gomes to think about laying down bunts toward Cabrera who is very immobile & getting on and stealing and also helping their pitcher lose concentration.
Greedy perhaps but I'm looking for a sweep in Detroit and having the next game in Fenway be in the World Series.
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