Ex-Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander to start for Houston Astros in Game 1 of American League Divisional Series
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
Manager A.J. Hinch announced the decision Tuesday, adding that left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015, will start Game 2 on Friday against Drew Pomeranz.
Verlander has been at his best since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade on Aug. 31. He’s 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five starts since the deal and 15-8 with a 3.36 ERA in 33 starts overall this season.
Verlander is a six-time All Star who has appeared in the playoffs five times. He is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 16 career postseason starts. He faced Boston twice this season while with Detroit but did not get a decision either time.