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Sport Solomon: Winning merely a part of Verlander’s routine

05:30  18 october  2019
05:30  18 october  2019 Source:   houstonchronicle.com

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He starts working on his next start right after his last, building toward game day, when teammates know it’s hands off, no idle chatter, leave the big guy alone.

“He is as focused as anyone I have ever seen,” Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole said. “His preparation is second to none.”

Thursday, more than 24 hours from his next start, Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, Verlander said he was already starting to feel it.

“No matter how confident you are rolling into a game, every playoff game is like a reset button, and you’ve just got to go out there and see what happens,” Verlander said. “I don’t know what stuff I’m going to have (Friday). It’s kind of the fear of the unknown. That’s the anxiousness of it.

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Enter Verlander , who readied to take the ball should Hinch require a second starter of sorts if the game was stilled by a prolonged delay. Except Verlander , to the backdrop of a steady "Jus-tin" chant by a taunting crowd, settled down. He finished the inning and returned to the dugout with this thought: "'Hit

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“I’m already starting to get a little anxious and nervous now.”

Hard to argue with his approach. It has worked to the tune of a likely Hall of Fame career, as he is one of the best pitchers of his generation.

The four days between starts are important to Verlander.

So it was good news for him when it was announced Tuesday afternoon that Game 4 of the ALCS had been postponed.

Had rain not pushed the game back a day, Verlander would have started Game 6 at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, if one were necessary.

In effect, the Astros won Games 2 and 3 and won the rain postponement too.

After looking at the forecast, Verlander already had his mind set on pitching on his normal rest.

“I’m very much a creature of habit and routine,” Verlander said. “The day after, because the forecast looked so bad, I started doing my normal routine. It might have actually thrown me off had I not. So I threw my bullpen like I had regular rest.”

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The 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner, who has a legendary focus and routine at which teammates marvel, was challenged in the ALDS, when he was called to start on three days’ rest for the first time in his career (480 starts in 15 seasons).

He admits he was a little sore between that start against Tampa and Game 2 of the ALCS, which came on his regular four days of rest.

Verlander allowed four runs on 3 2/3 innings on the short rest in the Astros’ 4-1 loss. He bounced back to give up just two runs in 6 2/3 against the Yankees as the Astros evened up the series.

“I think I responded well, better than I thought when I got on the mound,” Verlander said. “So that really wasn’t a concern rolling around on regular rest or an extra day this time.”

Yeah, but …

“I’m just glad I prepared to go on regular rest.”

So are the Astros. Verlander is good whenever, but his numbers are better on the standard four days’ rest.

In a much larger sample size (247-40), when he has taken the mound on four days’ rest Verlander has posted a full strikeout more per walk than when he has had five or more days. His regular-rest ERA is a half-run lower than it is with one extra day.

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Part of this is routine , as Verlander approaches every start with a quotidian obsessiveness, more to stimulate muscle memory than fulfill some superstitious sacrament. Beyond that is what these nine towels imply. Much as all starting pitchers want to throw a complete game

In other words, the change Friday from off day to game day suits him just fine.

Verlander, whose ERA is lower in the postseason than the regular season, says it would matter little to him whether the Astros had a 3-1 lead and he was pitching in the potential clincher or if the series were tied 2-2.

“Any game can swing on any moment, and the series can swing on that moment as well,” he said. “I guess you just don’t let off the gas. You just stay focused and try to do the best you can.”

And there is no time spent pondering historical significance or legacy were the Astros to win their second World Series title in three years — or more in the coming years.

“I’m just trying to win a championship because that’s what I want to do in my heart. I want to win,” Verlander said. “I want to win for my teammates. I want to win for myself. I want to win for the city.

“You’ve just got to be like a horse with blinders on.”

As for Game 5, Verlander will wake up with blinders on and do what he does.

“(Friday) morning will be the same, which is why routine helps,” he said. “But then you start throwing; it kind of calms you a little bit. You’re like, ‘OK, arm feels good. OK, I’m hitting my spots. OK, let’s check all the boxes, and then let’s go find out what we’ve got.’”

What the Astros have got for Game 5 is one of the best in the game at his best.

Perfect timing.

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