The Astros’ Justin Verlander

Houston’s Justin Verlander Struggles in the World Series. Again.

The question in the aftermath of Game 5: Why did the Astros go out and get Justin Verlander instead of trying to get one of the best pitchers in baseball?

The question in the aftermath of Game 6: Why the Astros are not a legitimate championship contender this year?

Here’s a look at them both.

Verlander, the Best Pitcher of the Past 25 Years, Struggles in a World Series

For a few years now, when I’ve been trying to get a baseball team to be the better version of itself and not just the same version from last year, I’d put my money on Justin Verlander. He’d prove me wrong, but always.

What’s funny about that is that he’s the best pitcher in baseball right now. In 2014, he was named American League Cy Young and MVP, and he’s one of the only pitchers in baseball who would have gotten the nod from me without giving back the year he made the NL MVP and Cy Young.

If the rest of the pitchers in the National League got the same amount of votes as he did for the first two awards in his first three years in the big leagues, he would have gotten more votes than all of the pitchers in the NL combined. And that’s not even counting the fact that he was named MVP of a team with three Hall of Famers.

That’s insane.

That, or he’s been the best pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break.

In 2014, he was the best pitcher in baseball. His team won 108 games, and the first half of the season had been just as dominant as his first two years with a team with a payroll of $108 million.

By May and June, his ERA had dropped to 2.56. By the All-Star break, his ERA had dropped to 2.53. In July and August, his ERA had dropped to 2.21.

He was only 25 years old at the time, but he was the best pitcher in baseball. He was the best player in baseball, and at the age of 20, was still getting better.

So what

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