Verlander, a certain Rookie of the Year (I guess the vote is rigged if he knows the results before they've been tabulated) after a 17-9 season, has been leaking oil in October.
- He hasn't pitched past the sixth inning in any of his three starts,
- with his runs allowed increasing from 3 against the Yankees
- to 4 against Oakland
- and 7 against the Cardinals.
Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune notes the above, trying to be optimistic.