Verlander slotted to face Sox, Indians later this month
Is it too early for the Tigers to plan out their pitching rotation for division matchups? In this situation, with a gap to make up against both the Indians and White Sox, it is not, and the result will have Justin Verlander pitching the third game out of the All-Star break.
Doug Fister and Max Scherzer are slated to pitch the first two games in Baltimore, with Verlander pitching Sunday. By doing that, Verlander falls in line to pitch the series opener against the White Sox at home on July 20, then pitch in Cleveland July 25 or 26. It’ll also put him in line to pitch in Boston at the end of the month.
Could it cost him an extra start at the end of the season? Perhaps, though they can tweak that by how they use their off-days. But at this point, you can argue it’s more important who he starts against than how many starts he gets.