Justin Verlander identifies pitching mechanics issue

J. Meric

Verlander hopes that fixing the mechanical issue will help him return to dominant form.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander believes that he has identified a flaw in his pitching mechanics, the starter told Mike and Mike of ESPN Radio.

Verlander told the hosts that he compared video of himself in the past seasons to some of himself this season, and identified a problem with his shoulder angle. The starer believes the inconsistent mechanics have led to his struggles this season, as he stated:

"It's been a battle for me personally this year, mechanics-wise, to be able to repeat my delivery like I have in the past, but everything's healthy...I think (the mechanical flaw) led to me being too inconsistent trying to deliver the ball, especially with my fastball command, and that's kind of the root of all my problems this year."

The starter is 8-5 with a 3.77 ERA, so he has still pitched at an above-average level this season. Verlander has posted sub-3.00 ERAs the past two seasons and led the AL in strikeouts each year, so he has set lofty standards for himself.

Verlander is still striking out around 25% of the batters he faces, but has seen his walk rate increase. The starter also owns a .344 BABIP, which is 67 points above his career average.

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