Astros: Verlander named AL Player of the Week

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 09: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros delivers a pitch during the third inning of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches on March 9, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 09: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros delivers a pitch during the third inning of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches on March 9, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Justin Verlander earns the honor of AL Player of the Week after two brilliant performances for the Astros.

Justin Verlander was the only pitcher to help the Astros win last week as he went 2-0 versus the Twins and Rangers. Verlander began the week with a win against the Twins last Monday. In a cold, frigid environment, Verlander was right at home from his days as a Tiger. He threw seven innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk. He did not allow a run to cross the plate and tallied nine strikeouts. It was a vintage night for Verlander, who has learned to navigate AL Central teams well in his career.

Last night’s performance was overshadowed by Bartolo Colon’s outing. However, it deserves a lot of recognition. Verlander went eight innings, allowing one run on one hit, with one walk and 11 strikeouts. A lack of offense cost Verlander a shot at claiming a second win that week, but the performance was one for fans to lean on. This guy is still hungry.

A lot more to come from JV

Before the season started, I wrote about Justin and that fans can look forward to great things from their new ace. The veteran right-hander is in a great place both on an off the field. It is easily seen with his performances. His passion shows with every pitch. He has adapted to Minute Maid Park well and continues to develop well beyond the hard-throwing ability he possesses.

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The biggest trade of 2017 is turning into one of the best moves made by the Astros in franchise history. Although that is subjective, I believe in Verlander’s ability to be great throughout his time here in Houston. He is one of the last great starting pitchers from an era that revolved around durability and grit. We are lucky as fans to watch him work in an Astros jersey.

***Stats from MLB.com***

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