There is no question that Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander shines in the postseason, and his performance on Wednesday added to his own playoff record.
There’s also something more about that eighth 10-strikeout game. Verlander seems to be finding a way to beat Father Time in the same kind of way another legendary pitcher did in Texas.
It’s possible that Verlander could surpass Ryan for the oldest pitcher with double-digit whiffs in the postseason. However, that would mean throwing in the World Series. For that to happen, Verlander’s Astros have to keep putting up the formula that worked so well for them in Game 1: Dominate on the mound and let the long ball provide the offense.
Framber Valdez is scheduled to face the Yankees on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, going up against New York’s Luis Severino. Game 2’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. (Eastern time) and will be televised on TBS.