Verlander, who finally made his Mets debut, lost after hitting a home run in a row￼
Justin Verlander (40) suffered a yoke of defeat in his debut match with the New York Mets.
Verlander started on the 5th (Korean time) in an away game against the 2023 Major League Detroit Tigers held at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
It was his first game in a Mets uniform.
Verlander signed a two-year, $86 million contract with the Mets ahead of this season. However, at the end of March, when he was preparing for his first season after his transfer, he suffered shoulder pain while pitching in the bullpen and left the line.
Verlander, who started the season on the injured list (IL), took the mound only about a month after the opening.
Verlander, whom the Mets had waited for a long time, hit a home run in the first consecutive inning that day, recording 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 runs in 5 innings. 79 pitches. His highest speed was 96.6 miles (about 155.5 km).
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In the bottom of the first inning, Verlander set up Jack McKinstree, the leader, with a floating ball in center field.
However, he hit a curveball on the 3rd pitch thrown to Riley Green in the follow-up and allowed a superior solo shot. He hit a four-seam fastball from Javier Baez and dedicated a home run that went over the fence in the middle of the right.
There were no more mistakes.
In the 3rd inning, when he was trailing 0-2, he gave up a walk to McKinstree and a hit to the green, putting him on 1st and 2nd base with one out, but the subsequent hitters were cleaned up with a hit. In the 5th inning, when lead batter Andy Ibanez was hit by a double, he struck out and silenced the next three batters with ground balls.
Verlander passed the mound to Jeff Brigham in the bottom of the sixth, still trailing by two runs.
On this day, the Mets batting line, struggling with 3 hits, could not turn the charter until the end. Verlander was named the losing pitcher in his first appearance of the season as the Mets lost 2–0 to Detroit.