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MLB: Justin Verlander's Case for AL Cy Young, Giants Sanchez & More

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Justin Verlander Dominant Again

In shutting out the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0, Justin Verlander won his sixth straight start for the Detroit Tigers on Saturday becoming the second pitcher to 10 wins in the AL (CC Sabathia). Verlander pounded the zone with 84 strikes in 119 pitches over eight innings allowing only four hits and walking just one while striking out 14. Verlander has now won his last eight decisions.

Approaching the half way mark Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38) and James Shields (8-4, 2.29) have to be the front runners for the AL Cy Young. Complete games, strikeouts, no hitters, you name it, these guys are making headlines every time out.

If you’ve been following our Sports Wagering Maharishi, Jake Ciely, you’ve probably made some nice money betting on the Tigers and Rays when Verlander and Shields pitch as he has been right on the money with these two all year. The Cy Young race in the AL is shaping up to be pretty special. 

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Giants Play DL Game with Jonathan Sanchez; Cheating or Not?

The San Francisco Giants placed left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list Saturday afternoon due to left bicep tendinitis and activated Barry Zito to take his roster spot. (That’s the official statement.)

But check out the quote from manager Bruce Bochy about the situation with Sanchez.

“The move was made because Johnny needed a break. He wasn’t pitching in pain, so to speak, because of the maintenance they were doing between starts. But there comes a time when you’ve just got to take a break to get it cleared up, and we’re at that point now.”

In other words, Sanchez needs to do some work on the side line and come back after the All Star break throwing strikes.

Let’s face it folks, there’s nothing wrong with Sanchez other than he goes through stretches where he can’t hit the side of a barn with the ball. At times he’s almost Oliver Perez-like. Sanchez leads the National League with 59 walks, including 25 in his last 25 2/3 innings, and six on Friday. He also hit Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch on Friday that broke the right fielder’s left thumb.

After pitching 4 2/3 innings Friday night against Cleveland Sanchez stated that he felt “healthy” and “fine.” On Saturday after the Giants placed him on the DL he changed his tune and said that his arm felt sore during his previous three starts. The New York Yankees perfected the “contrived injury system” during the Joe Torre ERA. If you recall, every so often a pitcher would go into a slump and get shelled two or three outings in a row and then mysteriously end up on the DL.

This type of thing happens all the time and MLB never calls the team out on it. Also, no other teams ever put up a stink about it because they want to be able to do it too. The 15-day DL is sometimes simply used to take a slumping player out of the lineup for a bit and fill his roster spot with an able player. Call it cheating, gaming the system, player maintenance, whatever you want, it is what it is.

Jon Niese Leaves Game with Rapid Heartbeat (Jon, get checked out please!)

After striking out Adrian Beltre to open the sixth inning, Mets pitcher Jon Niese began having trouble breathing, spending several moments at the back of the mound in an attempt to catch his breath. One batter later manager Terry Collins decided to remove Niese from the game for precautionary reasons after Nelson Cruz doubled with two outs in the inning.

The official statement from the New York Mets is that Niese left Saturday’s game in the sixth inning with a rapid heartbeat, but neither he nor the team considered the issue serious. Really? Then why did he come out of the game?

If I were Niese I’d sit down where ever the heck I am at the moment and call for an ambulance. He needs to get checked out ASAP by someone not working for the Mets. Letting a Mets doctor or trainer diagnose and treat you is no better than letting me do it. All I know is that almost every time without fail, when the Mets trainers and doctors say that they know what the problem is and they have things under control, they don’t.

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