Jose Valverde vultured a win on Saturday when the Tigers came back in the bottom of the ninth against the Yankees after Valverde blew the save in the top half.
That’s Valverde’s third blown save in 12 chances on the season, and it could’ve been much worse. Entering with a one-run lead, he hit Russell Martin with the first pitch he threw leading off the inning. After Dewayne Wise pinch ran and stole second, he walked Derek Jeter. Curtis Granderson popped out to center for the first out of the inning, then a double steal put both runners in scoring position with one out. After hitting Alex Rodriguez to load the bases, he bore down to get Robinson Cano to pop out. Just when it seemed like he would escape danger, he walked Mark Teixeira to tie the game. He simply doesn’t have the dominating stuff any longer, and needs to improve his command drastically if he wants to have success.