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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and Astros’ Justin Verlander named MLB Comeback Players of the Year for 2022

Major League Baseball on Tuesday night announced the two winners of the Comeback Player of the Year award for 2022: Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros for the American League.

The award goes annually to the player in each league who enjoys success during the season in question despite being confronted with obstacles of some kind. In Verlander’s case, he missed the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Coming off the major procedure and at the age of 39, Verlander went 18-4 for the eventual World Series champs with an MLB-best ERA of 1.75 and a K/BB ratio of 6.38. Days prior to winning Comeback Player of the Year for 2022, Verlander won the AL Cy Young award for the third time in his career. He’s now one of the most coveted arms on the free agent market and will join the rare class of hurler who pitches into his 40s.

Other AL players receiving Comeback Player of the Year votes for 2022 include Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, infielder/outfielder Matt Carpenter of the New York Yankees, and third baseman Alex Bregman of the Astros.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2022 at 12:04 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, justin verlander

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Astros’ Verlander, Marlins’ Alcantara win 2022 MLB Cy Young Awards

It didn’t take Justin Verlander long to realize he could have a special year after missing almost two full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Heading into his fifth start, Verlander knew he was back.

“In that moment, I felt normal and like myself, pain-free, able to recover like I always have,” he said. “I think my mindset just completely shifted to like, ‘OK, I am the pitcher I’ve always been.’”

On Wednesday, the Houston ace capped his stellar season by winning the American League Cy Young Award, joining Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in the National League as unanimous selections.

It’s the second time the winners in both leagues were unanimous since the award began in 1956 and the first since Detroit’s Denny McLain in the AL and St. Louis’ Bob Gibson in the NL swept the voting in 1968.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, sandy alcantara

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Justin Verlander goes winless yet again, now has worst ERA in Fall Classic history

The Astros went scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, ensuring Verlander would have to wait for his first career win in the World Series.

Verlander has now appeared in five different World Series, making eight total starts. The results have been ugly: an 0-6 record and 6.07 ERA, the worst mark in the history of the Fall Classics (min. 30 innings pitched).

He has been even worse in Game 1s, holding a 10.29 ERA when opening the World Series, according to ESPN.

The Astros were clearly hoping for something different from Verlander, who was among the best stories in baseball this year by posting a 1.75 ERA in 175 innings with 220 strikeouts. One of the best pitchers of his generation, Verlander’s World Series troubles have spanned 16 years and two different teams, all the way back to Game 1 of the 2006 World Series, when he yielded six earned runs to the St. Louis Cardinals as a rookie on the Detroit Tigers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 29, 2022 at 12:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Verlander 6 no-hit innings, 16th W; Astros top Correa, Twins | ESPN

HOUSTON—— Justin Verlander was totally fine leaving with a no-hitter intact after six innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

“I like to go deep in games in the regular season, but I’d rather do it in the postseason or at least be fresh and strong for that,” the Houston ace said.

Verlander posted his major league-leading 16th win and the Astros beat the Minnesota Tuesday night in Carlos Correa’s return to Houston.

Verlander (16-3) allowed just one runner to reach base — Nick Gordon struck out in the second inning on a wild pitch to get aboard. Verlander fanned 10 and lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.87 in his spectacular return after missing almost two seasons after Tommy John surgery.

Hombre Brotani Posted: August 24, 2022 at 03:31 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, twins

Friday, August 05, 2022

Verlander’s latest gem cashes $25 million option for ‘23

Justin Verlander’s season stats shine like a work of art.

His 15-3 record is dazzling. His 1.73 ERA is league-leading. His 0.85 WHIP is minuscule. And his 130 innings pitched are impressive—and might end up being the most important in the grand scheme of things.

With his six-inning scoreless start in Houston’s 6-0 win over Cleveland on Thursday, Verlander reached that 130 innings mark, triggering his $25 million player option for 2023. And while Verlander and the Astros still have a long way to go before they can focus on next season, the player option being picked up is a huge step forward for the 39-year-old hurler who is putting together a comeback season for the ages.

“I wasn’t pitching to get to 130 innings,” Verlander said after the game. “When we we were doing the contract, [Astros owner] Jim [Crane] told me they wanted 130 innings for my player option. I was asking for a straight player option and they said they’d like 130 innings, and that was that. I thought that was a very fair number the way I like to pitch.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2022 at 05:32 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander

Friday, June 17, 2022

From Tommy John to Cy Young form at 39? Inside Justin Verlander’s unprecedented return to dominance [$]

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His return in 2021 a nonstarter, Verlander began watching games again during the playoffs and lived vicariously through the Astros’ run to the World Series, which they lost to Atlanta. The day after the season ended, Verlander hit free agency for the first time in his career. Houston tagged him with the qualifying offer, and he decided to sign within the next 10 days.

“Houston was at the top of the list,” Verlander said. “As negotiations started going, they kind of fell off. Some other teams really started to show a lot of interest. I would say that the leader was probably Toronto. They were great. And I talked to George (Springer, his former Astros teammate now with the Blue Jays) a bunch. They were very proactive to the point that when I signed with Houston, I made sure to let them know that I appreciated it all. Ultimately, when it came down to it, Houston had the same offer. It was all kind of ballpark between them and Toronto, and New York (Yankees) was kind of always just a step behind.”

Despite Verlander pitching in just one game over the previous two seasons, the Astros gave him a one-year, $25 million contract with a player option for $25 million if he reaches 130 innings this season. He’s more than halfway there already, logging 78.2 innings over a dozen starts, allowing the fewest baserunners per inning of every pitcher in MLB and carving through lineups as if time had jumped from 2019 to today.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2022 at 11:39 AM | 26 comment(s)
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