AL Central Standings
FanGraphs examines Justin Verlander below the surface, Jim Leyland has no pity for players suspended for drug violations, and Jim Joyce saves a woman's life with CPR. These stories and not very much more in today's Morning Prowl.
Justin Verlander Below the Surface -- FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
In other news, Justin Verlander GIFs are my favorite.
Detroit Tigers' pitchers surpass 1,000 strikeouts this year, on pace to break franchise record -- MLive.com, James Schmehl
"At this rate, the Detroit Tigers are on pace to record 1,334 strikeouts -- crushing the club's all-time mark of 1,115 set in 1968 and 2011." Not too bad, I guess.
Tigers Sweep Jays; Also, I Recap the Series -- Walkoff Woodward, Cameron Scott
"Why not combine both, baby? Now you’re talking double team — supreme. The Tigers swept the Jays, in one of the least impressive sweeps I’ve seen." I don't know about you, but I find any sweep impressive personally.
Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland offers little pity for MLB players suspended for drug violations -- MLive.com, James Schmehl
That's good, because they don't actually deserve any.
Around the AL Central:
Batting Orders and Plate Appearances -- Royals Review, Clark Foster
"A pretty fair amount of pop tart outrage was heard when Ned Yost recently moved Alex Gordon from the lead-off spot into the number three hole in the batting order."
Chris Sale's Success, And Other Relievers Turned Starters -- Baseball Nation, Marc Normandin
"Chris Sale has been a rousing success in his conversion to starter, but it hasn't worked that way for every former reliever in 2012."
Elsewhere in baseball:
A.J. Burnett in a good mental state of mind -- SweetSpot Blog, Matt Szefc
"What A.J. Burnett remembers thinking, in the middle of the gut-wrenching pain, was don't fall to the ground."
Umpire Jim Joyce saves woman's life with CPR at a game -- Detroit Free Press, Heather Tucker
Can we forgive him now?
Derek Jeter responds to Skip Bayless’ steroid implication: ‘This is a first for me, man’ -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
This might be the first time the entire MLB fanbase has rallied around a Yankee. And it's all Skip Bayless' fault. But ... then again ... when is it not?