Justin Verlander and you

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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