Interleague play is coming up again, and Justin Verlander is sick of being an automatic out at the plate.
“To not succeed at anything pisses me off,” Verlander told CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler. “And not just to not succeed — to not excel.”
As a result, Verlander, who is 0-for-22 with 14 strikeouts lifetime as a hitter (including an 0-for-2 in the World Series), is working with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and has tweaked his batting stance. The new approach led to him knocking a ball into the upper deck at Target Field in batting practice earlier this week.
“He’s better,” McClendon said. “I’m predicting he gets his first hit.”