"Just keep swimming", Verlander, 35, told reporters on Thursday. He now leads all active pitchers in wins above replacement, as per Baseball-Reference.com, as he has 63.8, just ahead of the Yankees' CC Sabathia (62.2), the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (62.1) and the Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke (61.5). "That's me: Just keep pitching, just head down, prepare myself and just keep pitching".
The Red Sox, who won 108 regular-season games, and the Astros, who won 103, were the two best teams in baseball this year based on their records, advanced analytics, scouts' eyes and pretty much any other way you want to measure it. "And at the end of my career, hopefully when I look up and all is said and done, that's cemented my legacy".
He earned the win in Game 1 of the Astros' sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.
"But there's no set number for me".
Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that Justin Verlander will start on Saturday. As I got ready to board my plane to Boston, I got chills and goosebumps just thinking about it.
He's likely to be among the three finalists for the AL Cy Young Award. And I think that's going to be what prepares me for the second half of my career.
"I've had a great learning experience the last five years or so", Verlander, who is signed with the Astros through 2020, told reporters.