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Justin Verlander Wins ALCS MVP After Two Dominant Outings

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To absolutely no one’s surprise, Justin Verlander was named the ALCS MVP following the Houston Astros’ 4-3 series win over the New York Yankees.

Verlander went 2-0 in two starts with a 0.56 ERA. He tossed a 13-strikeout complete game in the Astros’ 2-1 walkoff win in Game 2, and fired seven scoreless frames on five-hit ball in Houston’s 7-1 win in Game 6.

This is exactly why the Astros got Verlander on August 31- to pitch in big games like this. You could say it’s worked out so far.

The Yankees might as well tip their caps and call Verlander their daddy:

And of course there’s this:

Solid, solid weekend if you ask me.

With 136 career postseason strikeouts, Verlander’s sixth on the all-time list in that department trailing Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and John Smoltz (199- most all-time).

Overall in the postseason, Verlander’s now 11-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 20 games (19 starts). He’s been especially good lately- in his last 81 postseason innings (123 total) since 2013, his ERA is 1.67. That’s just 15 earned runs allowed.

Verlander’s Game 4 ALDS relief appearance on October 9 against the Boston Red Sox was the first such outing of his career. He tossed 2 2/3 innings allowing one run and was the winning pitcher in Houston’s clinching game at Fenway Park.

This will be the 34-year-old’s third World Series appearance; the others coming in 2006 and 2012 with the Detroit Tigers (lost both). In three Fall Classic games/starts, he’s 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA (12 ER/15 IP).

With his struggles in the Fall Classic thus far, you KNOW Verlander’s eager to get back on that stage. He came to Houston on August 31 for this very reason. He’s ready. He wants the ball. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, and wants to cement that Hall of Fame resume with a ring!

This year’s World Series begins this Tuesday in Los Angeles at 8 PM ET, and Verlander will start Game 2 on Wednesday. Make sure to check us out on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily for complete coverage!

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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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