Justin Verlander's 131st pitch was 100 miles per hour

The Tigers barely held on for the 3-2 win against the Royals in the ninth inning Monday night. Justin Verlander had already allowed one run in the inning and then loaded the bases before Alex Gordon stepped to the plate with two outs. Verlander struck out Gordon with his 131st pitch on the night.

And as Verlander tends to do, he saved his best for last. His 129th pitch was 100.3 miles per hour, his fastest of the night. His 131st -- and final -- pitch of the night hit exactly 100 miles per hour. 

Now, surely questions will be raised about Verlander's 131-pitch workload in his third outing of the season. His season-high last year was 132, which didn't come until May 9 and that was the only game he topped 130 pitches. Still, it's hard to question leaving him in when he's hitting triple digits on the gun.

Check out the pitch-speed graph, courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net.



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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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