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Sport Astros' Verlander 1st pitcher to go 0-5 in World Series

07:50  24 october  2019
07:50  24 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

Astros regroup behind Verlander for Game 2 vs. Yankees

  Astros regroup behind Verlander for Game 2 vs. Yankees HOUSTON - Astros ace right-hander Justin Verlander was almost sheepish in the dismissal of his strong postseason history against his upcoming opponent Sunday at Minute Maid Park, but there is little doubt that Houston will require Verlander to be stellar again against the New York Yankees. © APWF Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander waits for the start of Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Houston.

Because Verlander enters the Astros organization before Sept. 1, he is eligible to pitch in the postseason with his new club. The Astros were given the day off Friday after relocating their series against the Rangers to St. Petersburg, but will play a doubleheader at Minute Maid Park against the

Zimmerman hit the first World Series homer in Nationals history, connecting in the second. He was the first player drafted by the team for the 2005 season. He went 18-6 and set a career high for wins during the regular season. Astros : Verlander is 0 -4 with a 5 .67 ERA in five World Series starts.

HOUSTON (AP) — All of Justin Verlander's illustrious accomplishments mean little right now.

Washington Nationals' Kurt Suzuki rounds the bases after a home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)© Provided by The Associated Press Washington Nationals' Kurt Suzuki rounds the bases after a home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Not those 225 wins, not the 3,006 regular season strikeouts, not the record 202 postseason Ks. Not the eight All-Star selections, not the 2011 Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player prize.

Verlander dropped to 0-5 in World Series games Wednesday night as the Washington Nationals pounded the Houston Astros 12-3 for a 2-0 series lead. That skid on baseball's biggest stage is dragging the right-hander's reputation down like ballast sinking a ship to the bottom of the sea.

Solomon: Winning merely a part of Verlander’s routine

  Solomon: Winning merely a part of Verlander’s routine Justin Verlander likes things a certain way. Tension builds within as a start approaches. 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.

The Astros streamed from the dugout and bullpen to go wild, tossing their gloves in the air. Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Recap the game in the chat window below Astros strike in 1 st inning. Take 2- 0 lead over Dodgers in Game 7 of # WorldSeries Follow the game

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Never before has a pitcher lost his first five World Series decisions.

He wound up flat on his back in the fourth inning, slipping on Ryan Zimmerman's grounder and firing the ball off his own left foot. Verlander could smile about that one, an instant blooper reel staple.

But he was razed along with all the Astros in the seventh, and that was no laughing matter.

Verlander gave up a go-ahead home run to Kurt Suzuki , who had not driven in a run in this postseason, the start of a spirit-crushing six-run inning that lifted Washington.

And the big home run off a fastball at the letters came on Verlander's second pitch to catcher Martín Maldonado, who had not been behind the plate for Verlander since last year. Prior to Suzuki's at-bat, every pitch by Verlander this season had been delivered to Robinson Chirinos, who left when manager AJ Hinch replaced him with pinch-hitter Kyle Tucker, who struck out with two on for the final out of the sixth.

Simone Biles to toss ceremonial 1st pitch for Game 2 of the World Series

  Simone Biles to toss ceremonial 1st pitch for Game 2 of the World Series The Houston Astros look to bounce back after falling 5-4 to the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Star pitcher Justin Verlander (21-6) will take the mound for the Astros while Stephen Strasberg (18-6) is set to pitch for the Nationals. RELATED: 5 fast facts about Astros pitcher Justin Verlander Houston's shining star Simone Biles will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Olympic champion boxer and Houston native Marlen Esparza will call 'Play Ball.'Airman First Class Leah Fox of the USAF will perform the National Anthem.The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. and the game will air on Fox.

Who will pitch for the Dodgers and Astros in World Series Game 6? The Houston Astros are one victory away from winning their first World Series in franchise history. He started Game 2 as well but did not get a decision after going six innings and allowing three runs on two hits with five strikeouts.

Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch knows it's rare to see Alex Bregman mentally frustrated. He's going to go throw today and we'll see how he feels after he plays catch," Martinez said before Game 2. "These Corbin was the winning pitcher in the pennant-clinching 7-4 win over the Cardinals on Oct.

A likely Hall of Famer with a supermodel wife, the 36-year-old Verlander has a 5.73 ERA in six World Series starts.

He had a chance to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series two years ago but wasted a sixth-inning lead in a 3-1 loss. The Astros rebounded the next night for their first title.

Then, in this month of frustration, he had a chance to close out the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay in Game 4 on short rest, but he gave up three runs in the first inning of a 4-1 loss.

He had a chance to finish out the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees in Game 5 but allowed four runs in the first inning of another 4-1 defeat.

Verlander was 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA during the regular season, leading the major leagues in wins for the third time, throwing his third no-hitter and forming a dynamic duo with Gerrit Cole. In the World Series, they've hardly been so formidable. Cole allowed five runs in a 5-4 loss to open the Series.

Verlander is just 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA in five October starts, winless in four since the Division Series opener.

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Verlander World Series loser again as Nats beat Astros 7-2 .
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is a true top of the line ace, a starter who's likely headed for the Hall of Fame. But in the World Series, he showed he's no closer. Verlander (1-4) wasn't bad in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Just not good enough to get his first World Series win and give the Houston Astros their second title in three seasons. Houston led by 1 in the fifth before Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Adam Eaton and a second-deck dinger to Juan Soto to put the Nationals on the way to a 7-2 victory to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night.Verlander, who led the majors with 21 wins this season, fell to 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven World Series starts.

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