Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander serrated his 100th profession success Thursday in Cleveland. It appears as if the sky’s the limit for the 28-year-old, but you got the doubt just how many wins could Verlander get his career?
After reaching the century mark, the natural progression is 300 wins, which is essentially a speed pass into the Hall of Fame.
Jim Leyland, Tiger Manager, said, “He’s got a legitimate shot.”
Jeff Jones, pitching coach approved, “I don’t think there’s any question.”
Verlander improved to 17-5 on the season Thursday. That many victories for the next 12 years is very important to Verlander’s mission for 300. Knobler said, “If he pitches until he’s 40, Verlander would need to average 16-17 wins a season to reach 300. That’s not easy, but with his stuff, his drive and his durability, it’s far from impossible.”
Knobler as well asked a few Tigers about the year former Detroit star Custis Granderson is having. The Yankees centerfielder, in his second season after the three-team deal that place Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer and Phil Coke in the Old English D uniform is having a breakout campaign. He is the AL leader in RBIs (92) and triples (nine) and extra-base strikes (59) and is tied for second with 32 home runs, which is a current profession high.
Jim Leyland, the manager said, “He’s having a monster year, an MVP year. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.”
The guy that used to stand next to him in the outfield considers Granderson as the largest star on a team full of stars.
Magglio Ordoñez said, “He’s the best player they have right now.”