Verlander and Indians Closer Chris Perez Comment on Tigers Slump

Indians Sweep Tigers, Verlander Shows Frustration

5/25/12 in MLB   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

May 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Just some quick numbers from the three-game series in Cleveland:
 
6 – The amount of runs scored by the Tigers.
 
3-28 – Tigers hitting with runners in scoring position.
 
1 – Tigers home runs.
 
102 – Miles per hour on Justin Verlander’s fastball on Thursday afternoon after throwing 115 pitches already.
 
3 – Saves by Chris Perez in as many days.
 
6 – Amount of games the Tigers now trail the 1st place Indians by.
 
“At some point, it’s not early anymore,” Verlander said in a post-game interview.  “We’ve got to find our groove and we’ve got to find it quickly.”
 
When asked in a follow-up as to when the Tigers will need to start finding this groove, Verlander responded, “For me, (it’s) now.”
 
This frustration is a great thing to see from a leader like Verlander, one of the most competitive players in the majors.  Because right now, the team needs it.
 
But the Tigers ace wasn’t the only pitcher to comment on the Tigers struggles of late.  Cleveland closer Chris Perez, who has been one of the American League’s most reliable closers so far this season, channeled his inner Roy Hibbert, accusing the Tigers of merely having a few stars while the Indians boast a collection of hard-working players.
 
“You look over there and they’ve got Cabrera and Fielder and Verlander and Valverde,” Perez said, “That doesn’t win baseball games.  Good teams win baseball games.”
 
Well that one hurt.  Was there some extra emphasis on ‘good’ there?  Maybe hanging up the quote in the locker-room could give the team that extra push?
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