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Justin Verlander Finally Ends Historic Streak With Clutch World Series Performance

Tyler Maher
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander did something he'd never done before in Game 5 of the World Series.
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander did something he'd never done before in Game 5 of the World Series. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Game 5 of the 2022 World Series wasn't a "must-win" for Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros in the literal sense, but was a pivotal moment to flip the series momentum.

With an opportunity to head back to Houston up 3-2 on the Philadelphia Phillies, Verlander needed to flip the script on his unfortunate World Series reputation.

The two-time AL Cy Young winner came up huge on the road in Game 5, pitching the Astros to a 3-2 victory and putting an end to his historic run of World Series futility.

It looked like Verlander might be in for a long night after surrendering a leadoff homer to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the first, but that was all Philadelphia would score off him. Pitching through several jams, Verlander departed with a 2-1 lead after five innings.

It took him an MLB-record nine tries, but the veteran ace finally notched his first win in the Fall Classic. Heading into Thursday's game, he was 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in the World Series, earning the reputation that he couldn't produce when the lights were shining the brightest.

With a 3-2 series lead and the final two games at home, the Astros are -550 favorites to win the title on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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