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May 14, 2009

Verlander and Willis


See the box score here.

I know: one game, small sample size. Maybe the next time out he can throw something besides the fastball for a strike; maybe next time the fastball won't be turned so readily into line drives.

The alarming thing I saw was what happened when he had to throw the ball other than pitches: An error on a pickoff throw; an awkward lob to second base after Mike Redmond's liner found his glove. I think opposing teams can bunt on him (and on Miguel Cabrera, the caboose on the loose at first base.) But if Willis doesn't show better stuff, nobody needs to bunt on him.

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