Justin Verlander so far this season has pitched very well and is undoubtedly the best pitcher on the Houston Astros’ pitching staff. As his third start of the season approaches on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, here’s a look at his season thus far, and why Verlander should be on Cy Young watch.
It’s hard to believe that someone coming off of Tommy John surgery would return and make an immediate impact, but such is the case for the future Hall of Famer. Justin Verlander has pitched in two games so far this season against the Angels and Mariners, his final lines are as follows:
4/9 vs Angels: Five innings pitched, three hits, one earned run, three walks, and seven strikeouts.
4/16 vs Mariners: Eight innings pitched, three hits, no runs allowed, no walks, and eight strikeouts.
Verlander’s season stats have him with a .069 earned run average and a .069 WHIP.
It’s still rather early into the season, and a lot can happen between now and game 162, but his stats are impressive regardless. Most pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery tend to struggle in their first season back and take a while to fully return to form, but that’s not the case for JV, who including his starts in spring training, hasn’t had a bad game.
Justin Verlander will start the opening game of the three-game set against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Friday which is sure to be great. It will perhaps be the biggest test for Verlander so far this season as he will have to face a lineup featuring the AL MVP runner up from a year ago, Vladimir Gurriero Jr.
If Justin Verlander can continue pitching the way he has so far all season long, he should easily be a Cy Young candidate, which would be just another trophy on his already loaded shelf of awards.
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