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Indians conquer Verlander
May 12, 2013 - Zach Baker
Leave it to baseball to surprise you.
When the Indians lost to the Tigers 10-4 Friday, a number of Tribe fans resigned themselves to Detroit winning the series at best, sweeping it at worst.
After all, Justin Verlander was pitching.
Verlander is, arguably, the best pitcher in baseball, and has been one of the best since 2006, when he won Rookie of the Year. When he's on, you're not hitting him. Period.
A Tigers' victory was practically moved into the "certain" category when fans saw the Indians would be sending Ubaldo Jimenez to oppose Verlander.
At one time Jimenez also was one of the best. But while Verlander's time has been seven years, Jimenez's lasted about three months in 2010. Since then, he's been worse than mediocre.
But he wasn't Saturday night. Verlander was, and the result was a 7-6 Indians win. The Indians led 6-1 when Jimenez left in the sixth. Verlander was gone by the fifth.
Verlander likely will have a better record and ERA at season's end, and however many Cy Young votes he receives will be that many more than Jimenez.
But for one night, logic took a holiday.
Tribe fans are glad it did.