With Verlander dealing, Tigers still lead 3-1

Well, now the A's are in trouble.

After striking out the side in the sixth with only 14 pitches, Justin Verlander's got a 3-1 lead. Then again, he's also thrown 104 pitches so he's got almost no chance of throwing a complete game.

The A's have been grumbling about the strike zone, and this called strike three to Josh Reddick was almost certainly outside the box ...

Reddick

... but I gotta say, while I haven't seen every pitch -- I've been writing some -- a bunch of the strikes that Oakland hitters have been grumbling about and Twitters have been bitching about were actually right on the edge of the zone. You know, this is what great pitchers do. Throwing 95 doesn't really mean a lot unless you're hitting your spots, and Verlander does.

He is the best baseball pitcher alive right now, after all.

Jarrod Parker's looking good, too. He zipped through the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth, and it's still 3 to 1.

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