When Justin Verlander first popped up in the World Series during his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers in 2006, few could have imagined the type of impact he would have on baseball over the next two decades.
Fast forward 16 years, and Verlander is preparing to start Game 1 of the 2022 World Series for the Houston Astros. This will be his fifth Fall Classic and first of the 2020s, making him just the third pitcher ever to start a World Series game in three different decades. The only other pitcher to do so was Roger Clemens, who pitched for an astounding 24 seasons.
Verlander hopes this time is different, however, as he's struggled in his previous World Series appearances. He's yet to earn a win in the Fall Classic, going 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA.
The 39-year-old's struggles are a big reason why his teams are just 1-3 in the World Series. The only time they won was in 2017, when the Astros prevailed over the Los Angeles Dodgers with nefarious circumstances at play.
Houston is hoping he can put that history behind him and keep Philadelphia's bats quiet on Friday. The Astros are currently -166 moneyline favorites to win Game 1 on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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