Astros' pitcher Justin Verlander has once again proven that he one of the best pitchers this century. Since coming over from Detroit in late August, Verlander has shown the world that he belongs in the hall of fame.
During his remarkable postseason run, he has shown major league baseball that at 34-years-old, he can still pitch like an ace. During the Astros' ALCS series against the New York Yankees, he threw a total of 16 innings, including a complete game with 21 strikeouts, one allowed run, and just two walks.
Verlander has the numbers and resume that would many consider an automatic pass into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
If you look at his career numbers, his 188 wins stands out, especially because he has only played in the big leagues for 12 full seasons, excluding his short stint in 2005. He also has 2416 strikeouts in 2545 career innings. He has led major league baseball in strikeouts four times, including the 2009 season when he 269 strikeouts.
He also has been in the top-five for the American League Cy Young five times! He won the award in 2011, and he has finished runner up twice. Also, he won the AL MVP award in 2011. Verlander has appeared in six all-star games, too.
If you compare his numbers to other hall-of-fame pitchers, he has more hall-of-fame points than pitchers like Tom Glavine, Whitey Ford, and Jim Palmer. MLB greats Nolan Ryan and Phil Nierko never won Cy Young awards but they still made it in. Those two for sure had amazing careers but so has Verlander, who has done more than they have!
Many question if Verlander is worth his 2017 salary of $28 million, but if you look at his numbers this season with both the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, he could possibly become another top-5 Cy Young award candidate. He went 15-8, with a 3.36 ERA and 219 strikeouts, in 206 innings. He did all of this at 34-years-old!
I think Verlander is hall-of-fame worthy. He has been one of the best pitchers of 21st century. Verlander is the Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson of this era!