A window into Verlander's dominance
August, 6, 2011
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
Leon Halip/Getty ImagesJustin Verlander is putting together a dominant 2011 campaign.The other day, in the midst of Brad Penny's start against the Rangers, Justin Verlander noted Penny's use of a split-fingered fastball to catcher Alex Avila, and mentioned that there might come a day when he would have to develop a splitter of his own.
The suggestion amused Avila. Verlander, after all, already has refined four pitches -- his fastball, changeup, slider and curveball. "The way he's been pitching this year," Avila said, "he'll throw almost any pitch in any count."