Will Justin Verlander solve the Houston Astros’ pitching woes? | The Tylt
Will Justin Verlander solve the Houston Astros’ pitching woes?
Houston lacked an ace-level power arm to really carry them to World Series. They have it now.
Justin Verlander has been hot the last five games. In that span, the former Old Dominion pitcher has a 2.21 ERA, struck out 40 batters and allowed a .164 batting average. Verlander will be a breath of fresh air for the Astros, who are 12th in the league in ERA, and 16th in walks. His ability to go deep into games will also help an already solid bullpen who have opponents hitting .231.
Verlander is the second-star pitcher the Astros need in the playoffs.
The addition of Verlander will certainly help the Astros starting rotation, he can only do so much when he's not pitching the other three or four games in a playoff series.
He can't help Luke Gregerson gives up a 4.01 ERA from the bullpen. He can't make the rest of the starters have quality starts. The Astros offense has been one of the best in the league, but what happens when the temperature drops and balls stop flying as far? Verlander was a series-changing pitcher years ago. He is not the same player he was then.
Bringing Verlander in was a good move by the Astros, but pinning their World Series hopes on him is a mistake.
Is Justin Verlander high? All willingly aboard a sinking ship.... This helps no one. What a joke.