Verlander to Houston
If you’re from central Virginia like I am, the name, “Verlander” probably means a little more to you than the average baseball fan. The home-grown Goochland High School and ODU graduate is arguably the best baseball player to come out of Virginia. He was drafted 2nd overall by the Detroit Tigers in 2004, broke into the MLB in 2005 and quickly rose to become one of the more dominant pitchers in the league. By 2011 he was the best pitcher in baseball with an MLB leading 24 wins and 2.40 ERA, and led the Tigers to a World Series appearance the following year. It seemed like the veteran would remain in Detroit for the entirety of his career but that’s no longer the case.
The Tigers’ dominance began to drop after the 2013 season with losing pieces like Max Scherzer, Yoenis Cespedes, and David Price and are struggling this season with a record of 58-77. Detroit recently traded away their long time veteran to the Astros for prospects: Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers, as well as cash. While Verlander isn’t what he once was on the mound, he’s a solid addition to any pitching rotation. Add in the fact that he’s going to a team with the best record in the American League, I think you’ll see him pick up a few more wins as the regular season closes out. Not to mention there’s a good chance he gets a well-deserved World Series ring late in his career. I wish Justin Verlander the best in his future!