Houston Astros: A 2019 Justin Verlander stat is one of the best of all-time

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander just keeps padding his resume for a future Hall of Fame entry. His stat for 2019 is at a record-best. What is it?

Houston Astros fans — it’s over!  The streak is done with and this team can start focusing on making a soft landing into the All-Star Break.  They have 11 games before then and hopefully, they can get back to their winning ways during that period.

There’s no question that they will — it was just a slight hiccup along the way during the nuance of a 162-game season.  It’s baseball and weird stuff happens.  That’s why pencils have erasers and this team will course-correct themselves to be right in the mix to contend for their second World Series title.

You can definitely bank on it.  You can’t clobber the baseball every day as there will be times where one will struggle.  Although that had been the case as of late, that certainly wasn’t in today’s 9-4 win over the New York Yankees.

The bats were loud this afternoon and felt good to hear that familiar crack once again, followed by the amazement of baseball fans alike watching the hang time of these home runs head for the stands.

Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Tyler White, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel‘s efforts were truly gems to watch today as the team had no problems with pushing the narrative that there the best team in the majors when it comes to the long ball.  That notion would certainly be up for debate but we all know that they’re pretty damn good at it.

But speaking of being pretty darn good, how about that Justin Verlander?  He continues to be the ace the Houston Astros have needed for seasons on end and doesn’t miss an opportunity to impress.

He has been giving up a lot of earned runs lately and he’s on pace to give more than he’s had in quite some time but the other things he does — his collective attitude, his penchant for calculated strategy and the desire to be the best are all that makes him such a special player.

It has just been a pleasure to be able to watch him since he was traded here some two seasons

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ago and I think he’s still got plenty to show us moving forward.

We’ve heard Verlander say publicly that he wants to be the Tom Brady of baseball so that definitely means he’s confident he can pitch at a high level well into his 40s.  And I believe him just based off the numbers he has been able to put up so far.

How about those numbers anyway?  Here’s an important one that I’d like to note.

Verlander’s 2019 WHIP is at a 0.75, which is one of the most incredible marks made of all-time since 1900.  In comparison, Pedro Martinez was able to conjure up a 0.74 WHIP back in 2000, the last time someone has gotten this close to that mark.  This definitely puts the man into rarefied air.

He’s terrific at keeping guys off base and he gets beat, it’s typically by the long ball.  That’s not always a battle that one can win but certainly goes to show the level of command that he has on the bump.

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What a feat — I honestly can’t wait to see what this guy is going to do next.

Verlander, 36, has also posted a 10-3 record, a 2.67 ERA, 142 strikeouts while allowing 34 earned runs through 114.2 innings pitched in 17 starts this season.