Perhaps thriving on the pressure of trade rumors, Justin Verlander has looked a bit like his old self lately. Remarkable has some interesting notes as he heads into his first start in a Houston Astros uniform….
Throwing heat….Verlander has an average fastball velocity of 95.5 MPH since the All-Star Break (Rank: 12th of 185 qualified SPs; League Avg: 92.0).
Dominating lefties….the right-hander has struck out 35.5% (38/107) of left-handed batters he’s faced since the All-Star Break (Rank: 3rd among starters behind two lefties; League Avg: 19.9%).
He has at least 6 strikeouts in each of his last 9 games (this is the longest active streak).
Verlander has allowed an OBP of .238 (62/261) since the All-Star Break (Rank: 5th of 179 qualified SPs; League Avg: .328).
The Indians have logged at least 10 hits in each of their last 6 games (longest active streak).
Starting pitchers have lasted less than 6 innings against the Rangers in each of the last 5 games (longest active streak).
The Rays have hit at least one home run in each of their last 15 games (longest active streak).
The Angels have scored six or more runs in each of their last 6 games (longest active streak).
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