re: 2012 GIANTS...TROUT >
They only started stretching out Sale in past 5 or 6 starts I think. Plus he had that week or so span where he was the closer, no he's back to being a starter. That messed him up a bit.
Still, this doesn't mean Verlander isn't the best pitcher going today. He is. I'm just giving Sale the nod because he's been amazing so far. Pretty much unhittable. I mean Verlander is winning the actual Cy Young, so I'll give Sale the midway mark nod.
He's only essentially missed 1 start and they've pitched him and Peavy on 6 days rest the last two (which I'm not sure that does anything to limit his innings, honestly).
I'd be pleased if Sale won as a homer. Just found it astonishing that Verlander goes out there 7-9 innings nearly every damn game.