Justin Verlander is critical of his performance despite looking electric on the mound

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On Wednesday afternoon Justin Verlander took the hill for the New York Mets for his third start of the spring and looked absolutely dominant despite not liking how he felt on the mound. Verlander threw 5 shutout innings while striking out 8 batters and only allowing 1 hit. When speaking to reporters after the game, Verlander categorized his performance as "sloppy."

Despite Verlander claiming that he "needs some work," the Mets couldn't be happier with the results thus far. Verlander has pitched to a 1.29 ERA thus far and while Spring Training is more about feeling good than results, you can't ignore how great Verlander has looked to the naked eye.

Justin Verlander put up a dominant scoreless start for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon and was not satisfied

While many all-time greats are rarely satisfied with their performances as they are always looking to get better, I would expect more of the same during the regular season from Verlander's mouth as both he and Max Scherzer are going to push one another all season long to be great.

Trust me, if Verlander is displeased with 5 innings of shutout ball with 8 strikeouts and only allowing the opponent to reach base once on him, I'll take it. I can only imagine how good Verlander can be during the regular season when he is satisfied with the results on the mound both in the box score and how the ball is coming out of his hand.

Verlander has a couple of starts left this spring and it will be interesting to hear how he feels leading up to Opening Day in regard to his mechanics and how the ball feels coming out of his hand. As fans, we will continue to eye the box score to see how the results look from a distance and hope that the results are up to Verlander's standard as I personally can not wait to see him on top of his game from his perspective.

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