The Houston Astros used to be frequent renters at the bottom of the MLB standings. But after years of drafting and trading, they built themselves a young super team. Prior to their World Series run in 2017, the Astros needed an ace, and they got one in the form of Justin Verlander.
The Detroit Tigers traded him to Houston, and it has paid dividends over the past couple of years. So just how good was he?
Pretty damn good, if you ask us.
Justin Verlander, since being traded to Houston: 2.34 ERA, 0.866 WHIP, 9.7 WAR in 292 IP https://t.co/n3mQqqcCMJ— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 30, 2019
That's right, since joining the Astros, Verlander has posted a 2.34 ERA, 9.7 WAR, and 0.866 WHIP in 292 innings of work. On top of that, the veteran struck out 386 batters while walking only 53, all while accumulating a 25-10 record.
Verlander is doing an equally fine job in 2019, posting a 2.45 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 4-1 record over seven starts.
Any takers on how to hit this Justin Verlander CB? pic.twitter.com/Rd41mKSwQF— Robby Rowland (@RobbyRow_12) April 30, 2019
You just can't deny how much of a difference Justin Verlander has made with the Houston Astros. They were already a strong squad, but the ace's presence makes them downright terrifying.