Justin Verlander struggled in his 2014 debut allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking three batters and striking out two in the no decision.
Hopes were high for JV to get off to hot start after a solid spring training where he did not allow a single run in 20 innings pitched. In Verlander's defense he has a track record of starting slow, but the Royals made plenty of hard contact against him and the three walks in the fourth inning are worrisome, but do not panic just yet as you already knew there was a chance he would pitch more like a number 2 starter than the consistent ace he had been before last season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
With a couple of mediocre starts this spring, major league scouts are showing concern regarding Masahiro Tanaka's velocity.
Well that's certainly turned over the last few weeks. When spring training began, there was all sorts of talk to how great Tanaka looked, but now that he's been hit around a little, most recently by the Twins, people are showing some concern. On scout did concede that it was the spring and he was willing to give Tanaka the benefit of the doubt based on last year's performance, but the growing concern is legitimate. Tanaka opted for rest and rehab for his partially-torn UCL this offseason rather than the Tommmy John surgery he likely needs. We've warned you off him these past few months, and now we're starting to hear more joining our crusade. Leave him be for your fellow owners. Maybe he starts the season strong, but how long is he going to hold up? The outlook doesn't seem good. Analysis: Howard Bender