But Verlander’s performance only raised more questions about whether or not the Mets could possibly trade him ahead of next week’s deadline on Aug. 1.
Yet, it is not something that is concerning the veteran right-hander, nor has he spoken about it with anyone internally within the organization.
“Not really [thinking about it],” he said. “I’m just focused on what’s ahead of me. I would hope if there was any chance [GM Billy Eppler] would come and talk to me and that hasn’t happened.
“I’m focused on being a Met. That’s why I signed here. I want to win here. Obviously, it hasn’t gone according to plan just yet but I didn’t sign a one-year deal.”
Verlander is now 5-5 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 15 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner had struggled early after missing the first month of the season with an injury, but has now allowed three or fewer runs in his last six starts — including three scoreless outings.
“Finding my groove. Pitching better…being more deceptive,” Verlander said after Tuesday’s game. “[There’s] million adjustments so I don’t know if I can narrow it down. But it’s nice to see better reactions on pitches from hitters.”
Source: Yahoo Sports