Jeremy Guthrie’s missing this start due to pneumonia, but he’s out of the hospital today, which is great news. Hopefully he’ll be back to 100% soon.
Justin Verlander (2011):
Durable (four straight 200+ IP seasons); misses bats (8.8 K/9 last year); good control (2.9 BB/9 last year). That’s why he’s a top Cy Young candidate.
Verlander’s fastball is very good, and even if he’s sitting at 92-94 he can dial it up to the high 90s and blow it by people, or scale it back a little and get more sink with the two-seamer. His change also has a lot of tailing action and is hard to put a bat on. The curve is a big bender, and he’ll mix in a hard slider every now and again. It’s some pretty filthy stuff, and if he’s hitting his spot it’ll be very difficult to get much going.
O’s now have sole possession of the lowest walk rate in the league. Hooray!
Brad Bergesen (2010):
Bergesen’s got that four-seamer to compliment his sinker, but his off-speed pitches not being swing and miss offerings (though the slider is OK in that regard, but it leaves him susceptible to lefties) means he has to generate groundballs and keep from giving out free passes to be effective.
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, HR/FB%, BABIP, PitchFX