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Grand Rapids Press 23 hours ago
Justin Verlander does it again, sending Astros to Game 7 showdown vs. Yankees

Justin Verlander does it again, sending Astros to Game 7 showdown vs. Yankees

Verlander is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in his two ALCS starts. Hes struck out 21 and walked just two in 16 innings. The Houston Astros will play for a spot in the World Series tonight after Justin Verlander kept them alive by throwing another gem. Verlander struck out eight through seven scoreless innings as the Astros beat the New York Yankees 7-1 at Minute Maid Park to even the series at 3-3. The Astros have won all three games played in Houston; New York has won all three in the Bronx. The decisive Game 7 is at 8:08 p.m. tonight in Houston. The Astros' Charlie...
Sports Illustrated Oct 20, 2017

Justin Verlander Dominates Yankees Again to Force ALCS Game 7

Justin Verlander and a rejuvenated Astros offense ensured there will a Game 7.
Justin Verlander, Astros beat Yankees to force Game 7 in ALCS

Justin Verlander, Astros beat Yankees to force Game 7 in ALCS

Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Sports Illustrated 17 hours ago

Game 6, ALCS Turned on Alex Bregman's Fifth Inning Walk

Alex Bregman's fifth inning walk and Justin Verlander's masterful start powered the Astros to victory in ALCS Game 6.
Washington Times Oct 20, 2017

Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7 in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees ...
Larry Brown Sports Oct 20, 2017

Justin Verlander has been money in elimination games

There are few pitchers you’d rather have on the mound when facing elimination in the playoffs than Justin Verlander. Verlander ran his scoreless innings streak during playoff elimination games to 24 after shutting out the New York Yankees for seven innings during Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night. The Houston Astros’ right-handed pitcher...Read More
Washington Times 6 hours ago

Perfect last-second decision for ALCS MVP Verlander, Astros

HOUSTON (AP) - That last-second decision by Justin Verlander has turned out perfectly for the Houston Astros. An MVP indeed. Verlander and the Astros are headed to the World Series after the big right-hander beat the New York Yankees twice in the American League Championship Series. Houston won the pennant ...

Verlander excels, Houston ties series

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn’t afford anything else. The right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7. Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine of his outings for the Astros. And with his club facing playoff elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again. Game 7 is Saturday night in...
New York Post Oct 21, 2017
Sabathia’s ‘tough road’ has led him to biggest game of Yankees’ season

Sabathia’s ‘tough road’ has led him to biggest game of Yankees’ season

HOUSTON — So many unknowns come attached to a Game 7. So the Yankees will clasp onto one known: CC Sabathia will embrace this American League Championship Series challenge. The Yankees failed to punch their ticket to the World Series on Friday night, falling to the Astros and Justin Verlander, 7-1, in ALCS Game 6...
Washington Times Oct 19, 2017

Astros now trailing Yankees in ALCS, need 9th Verlander win

HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander agreed to that last-minute trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched. Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander's ninth game - or their season will end short of ...

Tigers expected to name Ron Gardenhire as manager

The Detroit Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The Tigers, who are replacing Brad Ausmus after four seasons at the helm, tied for the worst record in the majors this year and are rebuilding after trading Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez. Gardenhire, the bench coach this season for the Diamondbacks, is familiar to Tigers fans from his long run managing the AL Central rival Twins from 2002-14. The Twins won the division six times in...
River Ave. Blues Oct 20, 2017

The best way to beat Justin Verlander in Game Six could be swinging early in the count

Tonight the Yankees have a chance to advance to the World Series, and they’re in this position because they beat up on Dallas Keuchel in Game Five. Keuchel shut the Yankees down in Game One, which he’s done throughout his career, but the tables were turned in Game Five and he didn’t make it through […] The post The best way to beat Justin Verlander in Game Six could be swinging early in the count appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Bless You Boys 13 hours ago
Justin Verlander is making his case for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Justin Verlander is making his case for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame

The former Tigers ace is not quite there yet. Watching Justin Verlander mowing down hitters in the postseason has become the favorite pastime of Detroit Tigers fans this fall. Viewing one masterpiece after another from a distance is all we have left from a team that has been razed to the ground, with a banner that reads “under construction” across the gates of Comerica Park. For 13 seasons, Verlander toed the rubber for the Tigers. He won the AL Rookie of the Year Award, the AL Cy Young Award, and even a Most Valuable Player Award, which is something that no pitcher had done since 1992...
South Side Sox Oct 20, 2017
Ron Gardenhire’s second chance back in AL Central

Ron Gardenhire’s second chance back in AL Central

Tigers pick former Minnesota fixture to lead rebuild, which could be a mess if he hasn’t changed The most AL Central manager is back where he belongs. The Detroit Tigers put the “hire” in “Ron Gardenhire” on Thursday, selecting him to replace Brad Ausmus as manager of a rebuilding club, pending completion of a contract. Back when we were discussing the void Justin Verlander left in the division after the trade to Houston, Esteban Beltre’s Two Left Hands floated Jason Kubel as a Most AL Central starter, saying: He left the Central, immediately realized he was scared of everywhere...
Viva El Birdos Oct 20, 2017
VEB Podcast #101: The VEB Awards--AL and NL edition

VEB Podcast #101: The VEB Awards--AL and NL edition

John and Heather are joined by Rotoworld's Drew Silva to discuss the results of the Viva El Birdos community's picks for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award, and Most Valuable Player. Award results are listed below: AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners AL Cy Young Award: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox Luis Severino, New York Yankees Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers/Houston Astros AL Most...
Was Watching Oct 19, 2017

Game 6

There are 34 times in his career where Justin Verlander pitched 5 innings or less and allowed 4 earned runs or more. Basically, he gets rocked 1 out of every 11 starts. Hey, he ain’t God, man! Seriously, Yankees, do your thing. Keep the game close and get to their bullpen. Win it in six!!
Bleed Cubbie Blue Oct 20, 2017
2017 American League Championship Series, Game 6: Astros vs. Yankees, Friday 10/20, 7 p.m. CT

2017 American League Championship Series, Game 6: Astros vs. Yankees, Friday 10/20, 7 p.m. CT

The Astros try to force Game 7. The Astros began this series by thoroughly dominating the Yankees pitching-wise: New York scored just two runs on 10 hits total in the first two games, and tonight’s starter, Justin Verlander, threw a rare complete game. The Astros didn’t score much either: four runs on 11 hits, but that was enough for a 2-0 series lead. The Yankees then thoroughly dominated Games 3, 4 and 5, outscoring the Astros 19-5 at Yankee Stadium. This series has the feel of one where the home team wins every game. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case. The Astros certainly...
McCovey Chronicles Oct 20, 2017
Open ALCS Thread

Open ALCS Thread

Your last game thread before the horror of the World Series is upon us. The Astros attempt to stave off elimination tonight in Houston. The New York Yankees have a 3-2 series lead and are already being viewed by many as the favorites to advance, but anything could happen. Justin Verlander takes the mound against Luis Severino in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series tonight at 5:00 pm on Fox Sports 1. If the Yankees win, they advance to the World Series. If the Astros win, the series continues in Houston to Game 7 on Saturday, with pitching match-ups to be determined, if...
TalkingChop Oct 20, 2017
2017 ALCS Game 6 open thread

2017 ALCS Game 6 open thread

2017 American League Championship Series New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Yankees lead series 3-2. Game 6 - Probable Starters Yankees - Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) Astros - Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 ERA) Game Date/Time: Friday, October 20, 8 p.m. ET Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX TV: FS1 Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Camden Chat Oct 20, 2017
Friday ALCS open thread

Friday ALCS open thread

It's do or die time for the Houston Astros on Friday night, as they return to their home city needing a win to force a Game 7 against the Yankees, to be played tomorrow night, if necessary. That's not the greatest situation to be in, although they probably feel a little bit better about everything with Justin Verlander taking the mound for them. Including the postseason, Verlander has only pitched in eight games for the Astros. He was the winning pitcher in all eight games, including one outing where he pitched in relief. That also included a complete game earlier in this very series, a...
Lookout Landing 9 hours ago
10/21/17: ALCS Open Game Thread

10/21/17: ALCS Open Game Thread

Win or go home. A night after riding second half/postseason hero Justin Verlander to a victory to bring the series even, the Astros look to take game seven and move on to the World Series in hopes of fulfilling their Sports Illustrated-declared destiny. Houston Astros at New York Yankees Series tied 3-3 First Pitch: 5:00pm PT TV: Fox Sports 1 Today’s Lineups: @MLBlineups CC Sabathia is the first pitcher in MLB history to start a postseason game at 21 or younger and at 37 or older— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) October 21, 2017 In the deciding game of a series...
Larry Brown Sports Oct 20, 2017

Jose Altuve: ‘I literally love Justin Verlander’

Jose Altuve was not shy in expressing his fondness towards Justin Verlander during an interview after Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday. The Houston Astros’ superstar was clutch again for his team as he went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBIs in a 7-1 win to force Game 7. Verlander was similarly awesome, as...Read More
New York Post Oct 20, 2017
Jim Leyland: Yankees are going to see Verlander ‘at his best’

Jim Leyland: Yankees are going to see Verlander ‘at his best’

HOUSTON — Houston manager A.J. Hinch is about to find out what it’s like to have Justin Verlander on the mound with his team facing elimination. Jim Leyland already knows. “In games like that, he’s not gonna be denied,” Leyland said by phone Thursday, as Verlander prepares to pitch in Friday’s Game 6 of the...
Washington Times Oct 21, 2017

LEADING OFF: Yankees, Astros go to Game 7 in ALCS

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GAME 7 A night after Justin Verlander extended Houston's season, the Astros and Yankees will play Game 7 of their AL Championship Series. It's the first Game 7 for either team since 2004, when New York lost to Boston ...

LOOK: Justin Verlander makes Todd Frazier look like he's still in Little League

Verlander's stuff was insane during Game 6 of the ALCS

Astros' Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP after two dominant starts vs. Yankees

Thanks to two wins, a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts, Verlander takes the honors

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