In the midst of what turned into a very nice rebound season for Justin Verlander, an interesting pattern emerged. Like most pitchers, he was much more effective the first time he faced hitters. But in Verlander's case, he took that to something of an extreme:
Verlander, 2015, times through the order (performance)
1st PA: .497 OPS against
2nd PA: .705 OPS against
3rd PA: .709 OPS against
Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.