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Circling the Bases: What's Wrong With Verlander?

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Circling the Bases: What's Wrong with Verlander?

Justin Verlander threw 200 innings for the first time in 2007. Since that season, here are his rankings in total pitches thrown per season among all hurlers.

2007: 3,355 pitches, 21st in baseball
2008: 3,528 pitches, 8th in baseball
2009: 3,931 pitches, 1st in baseball
2010: 3,744 pitches, 2nd in baseball
2011: 3,941 pitches, 1st in baseball
2012: 3,768 pitches, 1st in baseball

From 2007-12 Verlander threw a total of 1,356.1 innings (let's not forget that the last two years that Verlander has thrown an additional 48.2 innings in the playoffs). Only one pitcher in baseball has thrown more innings the past six years CC Sabathia (1,399) who is also having some issues this season. Coincidence? Perhaps, but the #3 man on the innings pitched tree the past six years is none other than Roy Halladay (1,351).

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