But when you’re as good as Justin Verlander, and you get pounded this bad, it’s worth wondering what the heck went wrong. Verlander was dominated by the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, giving up nine runs on 11 hits over just four innings. Cleveland tagged the Cy Young runner-up for three home runs during the start.
The Tigers took some time to look over his performance, and determined that Verlander’s stuff was strong. On top of that, they didn’t believe the Indians were stealing their signs either. So, how did Cleveland mash one of the best pitchers of the recent era? An article from the Detroit Free Press suggests Verlander may have been tipping pitches.