The Tiger Who Came in from the Cold

A few days ago, George Springer (L) shared s sure smile of agreement with new Astro teammate Justin Verlander that clinching the AL WEST feels so good.

 

ASTRO*NOTES

The 4-game career statistics of Justin Verlander as a Houston Astro speak loudly and plainly for his value to the club’s chances in the forthcoming 2017 post-season playoffs. In fact, it’s now pretty much impossible to think that we even could have entertained serious thoughts of lasting very long without help on his level at the front door of our starting rotation. All things considered, that evidence already had been stacking up at the time that GM Jeff Luhnow and Verlander fiancee Kate Upton went to work as independent forces to make it happen at the literal last minute of legal possibility.

Luhnow had to sell the idea to the Tigers; Upton had to convince Justin that she was 100% supportive of his choice to move on from Detroit for a serious Series run with the Astros. And they both got it done because Justin Verlander wanted it to happen too. Every Verlander body movement and facial expression on the field, in the dugout, or anywhere else on candid camera simply screams the roaring joy of this tiger who came in from the cold for another shot – or more – at baseball’s biggest prize. The guy fits both the team’s baseball needs and its rollicking big bopper temperament to an absolute tee.

Thank you, baseball gods, for smiling sunshine of another more spiritual nature upon our Harvey-soaked Houston baseball landscape of the mind!

And, oh yes, here’s the briefest of summaries on the so-far dazzling Astros career of the already great Justin Verlander.

The real story lays within the heart and soul of this smiling assassin of enemy team hitting excess:

ASTRO STATS W L ERA G/GS/CG IP R/ER HR H BB SO HBP
Justin Verlander 4 0 0.64 4/4/0 28.0 2/2 2 11 5 32 1

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HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE RACES, GB IN EACH

THRU GAMES PLAYED FRIDAY, 9/22/2017

CLUB W L W%   AL   NL   WS
DODGERS 98 56 .636   ~   L   L
INDIANS 96 58 .623   L   ~   2.0
ASTROS 94 59 .614   1.5   ~   3.5
NATIONALS 92 61 .601   ~   5.5   5.5

L = LEADER BY LEAGUE AND WS OVERALL.

Overall Leader gets home field advantage (HFA) in World Series.

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HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE SERIOUS CONTENDER SCORES

THRU GAMES PLAYED FRIDAY, 9/22/2017

ASTROS 3 – ANGELS 0

MARINERS 3 – INDIANS 1

METS 7 – NATIONALS 6

DODGERS 4 – GIANTS 2

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES PLAYED FRIDAY, 9/22/2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 566 196 38 4 24 .346
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 488 161 23 4 17 .330
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 575 184 30 1 24 .320
4 JOSH REDDICK HOU 473 150 34 4 13 .317
5 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 557 174 51 6 27 .312
6 JOE MAUER MIN 504 155 35 1 7 .308
7 JOSE ABREU CWS 594 181 41 6 31 .305
8 LORENZO CAIN KC 558 169 26 5 14 .303
9 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 609 182 42 4 20 .299
10 YULI GURRIEL HOU 502 150 39 1 18 .299
       
OTHER TOP 40
RANK HOUSTON ASTROS TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 391 116 20 1 21 .297
14 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 432 126 30 0 22 .292
21 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 521 148 28 0 32 .284
27 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 520 145 36 5 16 .279

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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