Justin Verlander vs. Nats hitters — round 2
As great as Justin Verlander has been in his career, it’s hard to believe that he doesn’t have a win in the World Series.
He made two World Series starts in 2006 against the St. Louis Cardinals and lost both of them giving up 10 runs (7 earned) in 11 innings.
Verlander got another chance with the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series but gave up 5 earned runs in just 4 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.
He pitched really well in the Houston Astros 2017 World Series win, but got a loss and a no-decision in two starts despite giving up just 5 earned runs in 12 innings.
And then obviously the Nationals got the best of him in Game 2 of this World Series as he gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings.
Combine that all together and he’s now 0-5 in World Series games with a 5.73 ERA in 33 innings.
But you know that’s just going to fuel Verlander’s fire even more.
Just like Strasburg, we didn’t exactly see the best from Verlander in Game 2 as he only had one 1-2-3 inning.
And things really unraveled once he came out of the game.
Kurt Suzuki is still on the Nationals postseason roster, and it would be great if he could start in Game 6 as he owned Verlander in Game 2 with a single and a huge home run to start the seventh inning rally.