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Detroit Tigers Links: More theories on Justin Verlander's decline & the problem with Justin Morneau

More theories on Justin Verlander's decline, the problem with Justin Morneau, and the unfair number of cross-country road trips for West Coast teams. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Duane Burleson

Tigers links:

What's wrong with Justin Verlander? Here are the theories ...
Detroit Free Press, James Jahnke and John Lowe

After another rough outing Tuesday night, giving up five runs (three earned) in five innings of a 6-3 home loss to the Oakland A's, Verlander's ERA is at 3.73.

Forever the answer, Justin Verlander now the Tigers' biggest question
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

All those seasons, all those games, the Tigers answered with one name: Justin Verlander.

The Screwball: Cabrera's Triple Crown encore one for the history books
Sporting News, Jesse Spector

Miguel Cabrera’s thoughts on his Triple Crown last year are very simple. "That already happened," he says.

Currently historic: Can Cabrera do it?
The Hardball Times, Jason Linden

A second triple crown seems at least possible, and Francisco Liriano makes a fleeting appearance.

How Much Has the Stolen Base Gap Actually Cost the Detroit Tigers?
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

There’s been a lot of hubub recently about the Detroit Tigers’ stolen base gap – specifically that they’ve stolen only 30 bases while opponents have stolen 105 bases against them.

Verlander commits $1 million to Wins for Warriors initiative
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

After all the debate on what’s going on with Justin Verlander on the mound, his work off the field took another step.

Around the AL Central:

Seven years into rebuilding, Royals "ahead of schedule"
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

According to Dayton Moore's schedule, the Royals will be in the playoffs before this kid's in college.

The Problem With Justin Morneau
The Triangle Blog, Michael Baumann

Morneau, one of the greatest Minnesota Twins of this or any decade, might be on his way out of town, putting Twins fans in a painful but fascinating situation, one that balances the rational against the emotional.

Elsewhere in baseball:

MLB's West Coast teams face unfair travel schedules
ESPN, Jim Caple

As the season winds down, so does the patience of teams on the West Coast who face an unfair number of cross-country road trips.

If baseball was invented today, would it be popular?
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Kind of a silly question, really. But Bob McManaman of asks it.

Reworking WARP: The Overlooked Uncertainty of Offense
Baseball Prospectus, Colin Wyers

How accurate can we be when comparing hitters' performance?