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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Justin Verlander responds after Astros block Free Press from media session

The Houston Astros blocked a Detroit Free Press reporter from attending Justin Verlander’s postgame media session on Wednesday night, violating Baseball Writers’ Association of America protocol and possibly the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

The Astros blocked Free Press writer Anthony Fenech at Verlander’s request, according to Gene Dias, Astros vice president of communications. Dias said Verlander was “adamant” that he would not speak to any credentialed media while Fenech was present.

Fenech has been the Tigers beat writer for the Free Press since 2015.

On Thursday, Verlander tweeted that the block stemmed from “his unethical behavior in the past.”  Verlander did not mention Fenech by name. It wasn’t immediately clear what Verlander was referring to.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:46 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Brewers vs. Astros - Verlander Strikes Out 15 - ESPN

Verlander Ks 15.

On a night when the Milwaukee Brewers struck out again and again, piling up a season-high 24 K’s against the Houston Astros, one big swing by Mike Moustakas made all those whiffs way easier to swallow.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2019 at 06:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Justin Verlander has an interesting theory on why his Tigers teams never won a World Series

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has one World Series ring, but he believes he could have more. Verlander made the World Series twice as a member of the Detroit Tigers, but the team came up short both times.

Verlander thinks he knows why the team couldn’t get the job done. He told WXYZ-TV Detroit the time off between the Championship Series and the World Series played a big role in that.

As Verlander explains, the time off between those games cooled the Tigers down. He believes that winning it all “comes down to the hottest team at the right time. And we were the hottest team twice. And we got cooled off by the week layoff for the World Series both times. Sucks.”

We can’t definitively prove the “hottest team” wins every time, but we can look into Verlander’s claim that the Tigers were that team prior to the World Series.

With logic like this, we can understand why relievers go berserk about their usage and baseball players generally go nuts about the idea of a pitch clock.

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

Saturday, May 11, 2019

MLB roundup: Verlander, Astros stifle Rangers

Justin Verlander allowed one hit over seven strong innings, and the Houston Astros belted three solo homers while overcoming an injury to star Jose Altuve to beat the visiting Texas Rangers 3-0 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Verlander, who improved to 6-1 with a 2.51 ERA, struck out eight and yielded only Asdrubal Cabrera’s single to lead off the fifth inning as the Astros won for the sixth time in seven games. It’s the third time in Verlander’s career that he has allowed just one hit in a start against the Rangers.

However, Houston’s latest victory might have come with a price as Altuve exited with left hamstring discomfort in the bottom of the first after beating out an infield hit. The team listed him as day-to-day.

For the rest of the night, the Astros were just fine without Altuve. Jake Marisnick clubbed his third homer of the season, a deep shot to right-center in the third inning. In the seventh, with two outs and Texas starter Lance Lynn in a nice groove, Yuli Gurriel and Robinson Chirinos delivered back-to-back home runs to pad the Astros’ advantage.

So, any subjects of interest that we’ve missed?

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve, justin verlander, rangers

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MLB roundup: Twins’ Odorizzi outduels Astros’ Verlander

Ehire Adrianza homered, and Jake Odorizzi pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Justin Verlander as the Minnesota Twins edged the Houston Astros 1-0 on Monday night in Minneapolis.

It was the third consecutive win for Odorizzi (3-2), including two in a row over the Astros. He allowed four singles and a walk while striking out seven.

Taylor Rogers pitched a scoreless eighth, and Blake Parker erased a leadoff single to Carlos Correa to start the ninth by inducing Yuli Gurriel to hit into a double play. Parker then got Josh Reddick to ground out to end the game for his sixth save.

Verlander (4-1), who lost for just the third time in his past 21 starts (14-3) against Minnesota, gave up two hits, two walks and a run over six innings before departing after throwing 100 pitches, 66 of which were strikes. He struck out seven.

So, how will they duel next?

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jake odorizzi, justin verlander

Friday, April 19, 2019

Justin Verlander wants to be the Tom Brady of baseball

It’s Justin Verlander’s 36th birthday.

The day he officially moves closer to 40 years old than 30. The day he creeps nearer to middle age and further away from the best physical version of himself. Not that you’d ever know it.

“Happy birthday,” shouts pitcher Brad Peacock, who’s seated on one of the tan leather couches in the middle of the Houston Astros’ spring training clubhouse. It’s 8:16 on a balmy south Florida morning, Feb. 20, and Verlander has just entered the locker room. Dressed in a powder blue, collared shirt and navy shorts, he is a whirlwind alpha-dog presence.

“Twenty-seven again,” shouts Verlander with a broad and mischievous grin. Though the comment is directed at Peacock, he speaks loudly enough for everyone in the spacious room to hear. “Prime of my career.”

Wait a minute- this isn’t some sort of gross insult, but something one would want to be?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:49 PM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tom brady

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Source: Astros, Verlander reach $66M extension

The Houston Astros and ace Justin Verlander have agreed to a two-year, $66 million contract extension through the 2021 season, a league source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.

Astros owner Jim Crane on Friday had said there was mutual interest for an extension with the 36-year-old right-hander.

The news was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.

So, is this how long the Astros think their window will last, or just how long they think it will last with Verlander?

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, contract extensions, justin verlander

 

 

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