You don't have to say much when talking about the kind of pitcher Justin Verlander is, as one word truly describes him on the mound: dominant.
After spending the better part of the last 12 years in Detroit, Verlander has Houston on the brink of a World Series appearance following another lights-out playoff performance where he allowed no runs and struck out eight batters over seven innings.
Justin Verlander took care of business in the ALCS. pic.twitter.com/LOx56SXuqw— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2017
Verlander has been clutch in the ALCS, pitching 16 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 21 batters. Justin is no stranger to clutch performances though -- his win last night put him in elite company with one other Hall-of-Fame pitcher.
Justin Verlander joins John Smoltz as the only pitchers to make three scoreless starts when facing elimination in MLB postseason history. pic.twitter.com/Vq0Wn3CCi4— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2017
Don't forget about his time with Detroit. Although the Tigers never won a World Series, they made plenty of postseason appearances during Verlander's tenure, and two of these scoreless outings came during his time in Motown when shut down the Athletics in the 2012 and 2013 ALDS.
In his career, Verlander has an MVP, a Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in addition to being a six-time All-Star, winning the pitching triple-crown (wins, ERA and strikeouts) and tossing two no-hitters.
The only thing Verlander hasn't added to his legacy, through no fault of his own, is the elusive World Series ring. On Friday night, he brought his team one win closer for the chance at not only a World Series ring, but also history.