After posting an excellent 2.34 ERA while allowing four runs or less in each of his previous nine starts, Verlander just simply came apart in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game. In that frame alone, the Indians drove four baseballs out of the yard, plating six total runs. Given how good Verlander has been over the past several weeks, this meltdown should be chalked up to just an inning that totally got away from him. The six-time All-Star had only surrendered four homers in a game, much less an inning, one time in his career prior to this outing. He will look to rebound in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Although Ian Kennedy had a strong start on Sunday, both Edinson Volquez and Chris Young were knocked around this weekend. Medlen reached 4.2 innings in his last rehab start but needs more time prior to returning to the majors. When Medlen does, he is on the same pitching day as Chris Young and could take his spot in the second half.
When fantasy owners of D.J. LeMahieu read about him leaving the Rockies game on Sunday, they had to be nervous. But it appears the news regarding his knee injury is positive as it is listed as a contusion. It may cost LeMahieu a game or two but once the swelling subsides he should return to the field.