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Justin Verlander Was Out of Gas At End of 2006?

A lot was made about the downturn in the White Sox rotation in 2006.  Many people felt that overwork in 2005 actually came back to haunt the team near the end of 2005 and it’ll be interesting to see, as a few Tigers set career highs for innings pitched, whether this will happen to the Tigers starters.

Justin Verlander was the first to admit that he hit a wall in 2006.  As Tom Gage mentions, Verlander wasn’t quite as effective in the second half and things really came to a head in the World Series against the Cardinals.

So it’ll be interesting to see how the Tigers and Jim Leyland compensate for this.  It might not hurt to throw Wil Ledzma in there as a sixth starter now and then to give everyone an extra day off and maybe narrow their start total down by one or two.

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