Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander is on his way to another Cy Young Award this season and what he did on Sunday added to his impressive 2019 campaign.
Verlander threw 120 pitches and struck out 14 batters against the Toronto Blue Jays for his third career no-hitter as well as his 17th win of the season and it seems the 36-year-old seems to be getting better with age. His other no-hitters came when he was a member of the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and 2011, the latter also being against Toronto.
With his performance on Sunday, Verlander became the fifth pitcher in major league history to have three no-hitters or more, joining Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, and Bob Feller.
Verlander is in a tight battle for the Cy Young Award with his teammate Gerrit Cole as the two have been the best the American League has to offer in terms of starting pitching and it’s going to be an intriguing month of September to see who ultimately comes away with the award.
This is also great for the Houston Astros who are in a tight battle with the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in baseball which will be very important come playoff time in October for home-field advantage through the World Series. As long as Verlander and Cole can stay healthy, it’s going to be tough to beat Houston in the fight for the world championship.