Houston Astros: 4 Verlander Stats You Might Not Know

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Astros fans feel the sting of losing a second World Series in three seasons, but Justin Verlander might be the solution. Read on for more.

Assuming major league baseball will ever be played again, cue dramatic music, Justin Verlander will give Houston Astros fans hope for the immediate future. Over the weekend, the two-time Cy Young Award winner turned 39—the oldest Astro, but debatably the most talented.

Time will tell how Verlander responds following Tommy John surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament when he returns to action, but here are four reasons for optimism.

Over the 60-year span of major league baseball in Houston, take a look at where Verlander ranks compared to every other Astros starter in franchise history according to Baseball Reference.