A's fans thought they had it all figured out. Use Justin Verlander's (alleged?) ex, Kate Upton, to get into his head during the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS.
I guess it halfway worked. Verlander was asked about this after the game, he said he did notice it, and "no comment."
He let his pitching do the talking: 10 strikeouts, a no hitter in the seventh inning, eight shutout innings.
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We hope Justin Verlander keeps overcompensating, too.
By the way, if this entire thing sounds a bit familiar, there's a reason for that. This, about a week ago, when our own HookSlide put together his top 10 ways the A's could win the ALDS:
8. A's fan sits behind home plate while Verlander pitches, holds up picture of Kate Upton during the entire game #WhyTheTigersWillLose— HookSlide (@HookSlideBYB) October 4, 2013