What happened to Justin Verlander?
For the past few years Justin Verlander has worn the crown of best pitcher in MLB. His 100 MPH fastball, devastating curveball, exploding slider, and disappearing change-up makes up one of the best pitch repertoires in the history of the game. His command of all these pitches even raises his dominance to another level. He was the 2011 MVP, making him the last pitcher since 1992 to win the award.
This year has been a different story. His ERA has been in the upper 3s and his overall effectiveness has seemingly worn off. Many people around the sport of baseball are especially concerned with his current velocity being around 90-92mph. I've gone over the videos of Verlander in peak 2011 form, opposed to his 2013 delivery. Within a few minutes I noticed the blaring difference between the two.
Lets take a step by step look at what has changed.
Going through the Core Savvy checklist of possible red flags I was looking at his leg drive, equal & opposite hands, and foot strike.
Undoubtedly this mechanical flaw of a weak front knee is what is causing Verlander to lose velocity. It is possible Verlander is experiencing a knee or hamstring injury that is being kept under wraps. This could be the cause for the weakness of the front knee.
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