After a week of dramatic down to the wire victories, the Tigers had an easy one today. They blanked the Royals 8-0 behind a Justin Verlander 5 hitter. Verlander, who had no strikeouts nor walks in his last start, struck out 7 and walked 1 tonight. He has now pitched 18 consecutive shutout innings and his ERA is now 2.70, 5th in the league. This was the first complete game shutout by an individual Tiger pitcher this year but the Tigers now have an amazing 9 shutouts as a team to lead the league. The second highest total in the league is only 4 by the Oakland Athletics. Four Tiger pitchers are now among the top 8 in the league in ERA:
Mike Maroth 2.45 (3rd)
Justin Verlander 2.70 (5th)
Kenny Rogers 2.91 (6th)
Nate Robertson 3.02 (8th)
It's not all about pitching though. The Tiger defense has been excellent and has helped the Tiger staff substantially. I'll show you just how much later in the week when I do a FIP analysis. For tonight though, I'll just congratulate Verlander on another excellent outing. It was only the Royals but, in this day and age, a nine inning shutout is a rarity regardless of the opponent.