New York Mets veteran pitcher Justin Verlander, 40메이저사이트, has had another meltdown.
Verlander started a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Monday (Aug. 28), giving up six runs on nine hits with two walks and one strikeout over five innings.
It was a day he had to settle for avoiding a loss. After giving up six runs in five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 17, Verlander rebounded with an eight-inning, one-run victory against the Cleveland Indians on April 22.
He seemed to have found his groove again. But on this day at Coors Field, he fell apart again. The nine-time American League All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and one-time MVP has been struggling this year.
He was an “ace” last year at a young age, going 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA in 28 starts. At one point, he even topped 200 innings (251 with Detroit in 2011), showing that he’s still got it.
But against Colorado, he struggled. He was hit hard in the second inning. After the first inning, he allowed four consecutive batters to reach base, giving up a walk and then a double. He also gave up a sacrifice fly, giving up five runs in the second inning alone. It was an uncharacteristic second inning for Verlander.
In the bottom of the third, Vullander gave up back-to-back singles to load the bases again. He kept the fourth and fifth innings scoreless, but that was as close as he would get.
Down 6-1 in the top of the sixth, the Tigers scored five runs to tie the game and take the loss.