Verlander made the World Series twice as a member of the Detroit Tigers, but the team came up short both times.
Verlander thinks he knows why the team couldn’t get the job done.
He told WXYZ-TV Detroit the time off between the Championship Series and the World Series played a big role in that.
As Verlander explains, the time off between those games cooled the Tigers down. He believes that winning it all “comes down to the hottest team at the right time. And we were the hottest team twice. And we got cooled off by the week layoff for the World Series both times. Sucks.”
We can’t definitively prove the “hottest team” wins every time, but we can look into Verlander’s claim that the Tigers were that team prior to the World Series.
Verlander makes his return to the mound in Detroit on Wednesday, and spoke about the past again as he arrived at Comerica Park.
Will this second trip back to Detroit be easier for Verlander?
“I don’t think so. I think anytime I’m gonna come back here… it’ll be a pretty nerve-racking experience,” he added.
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