Astros' Justin Verlander: 0-6, 5.68 ERA In World Series Starts

Justin Verlander has been named the Game 1 starter for the Houston Astros, and why shouldn't he be? He's the front-runner for AL Cy Young this season after a remarkable comeback from two years off, going 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA. 

But what's up with that World Series record of his? Verlander has had seven career starts in the Fall Classic, going 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA. It's inexplicable. 
In fact, he's only the 2nd pitcher in baseball history with six or more losses in World Series play. 

It's the only blemish, really, on a Hall of Fame career that's featured 2 Cy Youngs, an MVP, 9 All-Star selections and a lifetime 3.24 ERA. 

His overall postseason record is solid, at 15-11 with a 3.55 ERA in 33 games (32 starts). But why the struggles in the World Series? He allowed six earned runs in Game 1 of the 2006 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, in his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers. 

Six years later, in 2012, the Tigers were back in the Fall Classic, and Verlander took a 3-0 postseason record with an ERA of 1.00 into the Series, but his start in Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants saw him surrender six hits and five runs in four innings. 

In 2017, with the Houston Astros, after winning the ALCS MVP for his 2-0 mark with a 0.56 ERA, he was winless in his two World Series starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers, though with a decent 3.75 ERA. 

2019, however, saw him struggle once again, allowing seven earned runs in 12 innings for a 5.73 ERA and two losses to the eventual champs, the Washington Nationals. 

Now, the 39-year-old will try to pick up his first-ever World Series victory against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night in Game 1. Aaron Nola starts for the Phils. 
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