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Despite losses, Justin Verlander's ERA is promising

BASEBALL RUMORS

The Detroit Tigers have won only two of Justin Verlander's six April starts, but his 3.64 earned-run average for marks the first time since 2007 that he's finished April with a sub-5.50 ERA.

April 30, 2011|By Phil Rogers
  • Detroit starter Justin Verlander's has made a bigger impact for the Tigers than his win-loss record would indicate.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander's has made a bigger impact for the… (Paul Sancya / Associated…)

Justin Verlander seemingly has been mediocre, with the Tigers winning only two of his six April starts, but his 3.64 earned-run average is actually a good sign. This is the first time since 2007 that he has finished the first month with an ERA below 5.50....

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