In 2011 Justin Verlander set baseball on fire, going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA to win both the AL Cy Young and the AL MVP. The Tigers finished the season 95-67 before losing to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS.
In 2012 the Tigers find themselves at 37-40 in third place in the AL Central. A big reason for this is because Justin Verlander, after losing only 5 games all of last season, finds himself at 8-5 on the season.
Which can only mean one thing: it's time for the Tigers to trade Justin Verlander.
I know what you're thinking. "You can't trade Justin Verlander, NotHawk, that'd be insane!"
No, it'd be the right thing to do.
Verlander is deteriorating right in front of our very eyes. I already told you his win loss record, but have you seen his ERA? Last season it was 2.40 and this season it's 2.69. That's 0.29 more runs per nine innings than he was giving up last season!
That's 0.29 runs more per inning that Fatty Fielder can't make up for on his own!
Then there's his strikeouts per nine innings ratio which has gone from 9.0 in 2011 to 8.8 in 2012. You think those extra balls being put in play have nothing to do with Verlander's skyrocketing ERA? How about his WHIP which has increased from 0.92 to 0.98?
Those stats aren't good enough for you? You need some nerd stats? How about the fact his ERA+ has gone from 170 in 2011 to 150 this season.
And now for the deathblow.
According to NerdGraphs, Justin Verlander was worth 7.0 WAR in 2011. This season he's barely half that at 3.6!
He's half the man he used to be, but for 100% of the price!
It's time to move him, Detroit, before the rest of the world becomes as smart as I am.
Now, being a genius, I don't want to just show you how Verlander is regressing, but I also want to show you the reason why. There are many of them.
Yep, it looks like while Justin's teammates were all getting themselves ready for the 2012 season and chasing down their dream of a World Series this offseason, all Justin was chasing was the mighty dollar and Kate Upton.
Is that the kind of leader you want in your clubhouse, Detroit? We all know that Justin Verlander is a cancer that is slowly killing your team. You don't have to live in fear of him any longer, Detroit.
Somebody will be stupid enough to take him.
I haven't even mentioned the fact that you currently have a payroll over $133 million, Detroit. That's a lot of money to be spending on a baseball team in a city that has an unemployment rate of 85%.
Verlander is making $20 million this season and will make another $40 million over the next two seasons.
That's $60 million you can save by trading Verlander right there, Detroit. $60 million you can use to help feed the starving citizens of your city.
If you're not going to do it for the good of your team, Detroit. Do it for the good of your people.