Justin Verlander faces these after this event.

After his vintage outing, Justin Verlander of the Astros receives the highest accolades.

After the Astros defeated the Tigers, Justin Verlander appeared like the Justin Verlander of old.
In a 9-3 victory on Sunday, the Houston Astros’ starting pitcher Justin Verlander recovered from a terrifying outing with an incredible performance against the Detroit Tigers. Spencer Torkelson, the first baseman for the Tigers, was astounded by Verlander’s dominance against Detroit, the team where he started his big-league career almost two decades ago (perhaps he will visit the Motor City one day).
According to Dawn Klemish of MLB.com, Torkelson stated, “He’s on his way to Cooperstown for a reason.” “At first, I thought we had a good plan—capitalize on mistakes—but I soon realized there wouldn’t be many mistakes to capitalize on.”



Justin Verlander and Spencer Torkelson with Comerica Park in background

Torkelson had to learn the hard way that Verlander is undoubtedly among the greatest of all time. The 24-year-old went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run on the day but struck out a few times against Verlander. Verlander was not harmed by the home run.
Verlander struck out eight batters in his final seven shutout innings, giving up only two hits and two walks. Out of the 95 pitches he threw, 61 were strikes. He led the game into the fifth inning with a no-hitter. That came after last week’s 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees saw Verlander give up three long balls and be hammered for seven runs.

The 41-year-old has just made a comeback from a shoulder ailment that kept him out of action during the 2024 season. Since making his season debut on April 19, he has five starts under his belt with a 2-1 record with a 3.38 ERA. He has recorded 23 strikeouts but has given up hits.
In the meantime, Torkelson has struggled in 2024. With 38 games played, the slugger has hit just.224/.294/.333 with one home run and 14 RBI. The fact that he leads the league in doubles (13) has been his saving grace. This follows an incredible 2023 season in which he hit 31 home runs and drove in 94 runs.

Justin Verlander could be on the move

We have become accustomed to seeing the Astros on top. After all, they have made it to the ALCS seven years in a row, making four trips to the World Series and collecting a couple of championships throughout that span.

However, this year has certainly been Houston’s year.
The Astros were just 15-25 heading into Monday night’s action, good for fourth place in the AL West. Luckily for Houston, its division has been terrible, as the club still sits just 6.5 games behind the Seattle Mariners for first place in the AL West.
But it seems pretty obvious that the Astros are not legitimate contenders and that their window may be closing. At least for this season.
As a result, Verlander’s name has surfaced in trade rumors, although his no-trade clause may make it difficult for Houston to complete a deal. Rumor has it that Verlander would waive his no-trade clause if the Baltimore Orioles or Los Angeles Dodgers came knocking, per Jon Heyman of The New York Post.
Verlander is currently in his second stint with the Astros. He was initially acquired by Houston from the Tigers ahead of the 2017 MLB trade deadline and proceeded to spend the next five-and-a-half seasons there. He then signed with the New York Mets in free agency in December 2022, but was dealt back to the Astros last August.
Could this be the end of the road for Verlander in Houston?
The Astros still have plenty of time to turn things around, but if they continue to struggle, they may have to say goodbye to Verlander once again.
Verlander has won three AL Cy Young awards in his career, with two of them coming in Houston. He most recently took home the honor in 2022 after going 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA.

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