Verlander Makes Astros Debut against Seattle 5 th September 2017
The Houston Astros need to make a splash before the trade-deadline to help them stay on top in the American League. The Astros hold an 11 ½ lead in the American League West and they only hold a 3 ½ lead over the Cleveland Indians for the best record in the AL. The Astros needed help at the mound, they have lost many games due to pitching. Thursday they acquired one of the best in the league and all eyes will be on Verlander against Seattle this Tuesday 5 th September.
Justin Verlander waived his no-trade clause and this allowed the Detroit Tigers to move him to the Astros. In 2011, Verlander won the Al Cy Young Award and the AL Most Valuable Player Award.
Verlander is joining the 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, who is 11-3 on the season with a 2.91 ERA, Lance McCullers Jr, who is 7-3 on the season with a 3.92 ERA and coming of the DL. Those three with be the 1-2-3 punch for the Astros and finish on top of the AL, while helping them get through the playoffs.
So far this year, Verlander is 10-8 on the season with a 3.84 ERA in 28 starts for the Tigers. In the past 11 games he has started, Verlander is 5-3 with a 2.31 ERA. After the all-star break, Verlander has been one of the best in baseball.
Verlander is third in the AL in ERA, second in WHIP, second in batting average, and he is fifth in strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He will try to help the Astros pitchers who have mostly struggled in the second half of the season. The Astros went from first in ERA to eighth in the AL, first to fifth in batting average, and first to ninth in OPS, ouch!
The Astros gave up three prospects to acquire Justin from the Tigers; left-handed pitcher Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron and catcher Jake Rogers. Verlander will be able to show he was worth the trade on Tuesday when he takes the mound the first time as an Astro against the Seattle Mainers.
If he performs up to par and my guess is he will, it will give the city of Houston hope that they can make it back to the World Series. With the recent hardship caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Astros will have a lot of fans cheering them along the way to win their first World Series in history and bring home a championship to the city and give Texans a thing to feel happy about after all of the recent downers.