Justin Verlander got lit up, again, allowing seven runs on 12 hits and two walks with just two strikeouts over six innings in the loss to the Royals Monday.

JV insisted, post-game, that he is not injured, which makes his rapid decline even more concerning. At least, if the former CY Young had an injury then we could explain why he is struggling and still have hope that he still has a few years left in the tank. Unfortunately, it appears that Verlander, who has had the highest level of combined usage and leverage since the start to the 2006 season, is at the point where you really need to consider dropping him if you can find another option on waivers who is trending in a more positive direction regardless if they do not have anywhere near the name value as Verlander.ANALYST: Michael Pichan