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Andy Behrens

Justin Verlander and you

Andy Behrens
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If you're anything like me, you spend most of your day refreshing the page, trying to make the Graffiti Pink ad come back worrying about Justin Verlander.

After Wednesday's hard-luck loss to the Royals, the 25-year-old right-hander is 1-7 on the season with a 6.05 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. This is your sixth round pick we're talking about, so it's an obvious concern. Verlander has basically become a fixture on the most-dropped list.

Concerns have been raised about an early-season dip in velocity, and there's been open speculation about a shoulder injury. But his fastball was consistently 93-96 mph in his last start, and Verlander insists that he's healthy:

"My shoulder feels great, really good ... There's nothing the matter at all."

This, I'm afraid, is what a buy-low candidate looks like. You obviously can't get anyone at a discount when they're performing at their best. Verlander has been fairly candid in discussing what he believes to be an issue with his mechanics:

"I know what I need to work on. My front side is flying (open). When that happens, everything kind of flattens out on me. I've had a tendency to do that my whole career."

That actually sounds like a reasonable explanation, and a correctable problem. Thus, I'm buying, not selling -- and I'm certainly not dropping.

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