Justin Verlander vs. Max Scherzer, the match between two living legends ended on a dull note. The team’s rise and fall also affected the two legends.
The Houston Astros-Texas Rangers game held at Globe Rifle Field on the 7th was heavily covered in mainstream American news. This is because the two teams focused on the legendary showdown rather than competing in the American League West Division.
Verlander (40) and Scherzer worked together at the New York Mets this year. It was a reunion seven years after advancing to the World Series with the Detroit Tigers from 2011 to 2014. However, the Mets, who spent a lot of money in the offseason, gave up on the season and traded Scherzer to the Texas Rangers and Verlander to his hometown Houston Astros.
We met as enemies after the trade. The two legends have won the Cy Young Award three times, so they are sure to be in the Hall of Fame. Verlander also won MVP. Moreover, they are symbols of a power pitcher who is extending his 3,000 strikeout streak. Scherzer ranks 11th of all time with 3,365, and Verlander ranks 13th of all time with 3,317.
This is the first time since September 17, 2007 that an active pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts has competed as a starter. It was a match between New York Yankees Roger Clemens and Boston Red Sox Curt Schilling. In that matchup, the Yankees’ Clemens was the losing pitcher with 2 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 1 run in 6 innings, and Schilling was the losing pitcher with 6 hits, 2 strikeouts, and 4 runs in 7.2 innings. Clemens was a no-decision and the Yankees won 4-3.
The match between Verlander and Scherzer ended in the third inning, just like the day before. Houston’s batting lineup pounded Scherzer (12 wins, 6 losses, 3.91) with 6 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 7 runs, including 3 home runs, through the 3rd inning. Verlander (11 wins, 7 losses, 3.23) led the Texas batting line to a 12-3 victory with 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, and 2 runs (1 earned run) in 7 innings.
Houston, which had 6 arches including 3 home runs by Jose Altuve the previous day, also hit 5 cannons on this day, including a grand slam by Jose Abreuu. Abreuu had multiple home runs, three hits, and seven RBIs. Houston scored 39 points and allowed 10 runs in three games.메이저사이트
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer gave up 7 runs in 3 innings in a match against Justin Verlander. AP Yonhap News
Texas second baseman Marcus Simien hit a solo home run (No. 21) in the first inning. While chasing Houston left-handed hitter Michael Brantley’s home run in the second inning, right fielder Adolis Garcia hit his knee on the fence and had to be replaced during the game. Garcia is an irreplaceable hitter with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.
Texas started tied for first place on March 31st before the opening game and maintained the lead and tie for the lead in the AL West until August 26th. However, since August 16, they have recorded 4 wins and 15 losses, the worst among 30 MLB teams, and even their wild card spot is under threat. They fell to 3rd place in the AL West with 76 wins and 63 losses on the season, and were 0.5 games behind the 3rd place Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card.
Texas’ recent slump is total. Through 19 games, the starting ERA is 5.33, 22nd in MLB, and the bullpen is 7.29, 29th. The bullpen made only two saves out of 12 opportunities.
In comparison, the defending World Series champion, Houston, hovered around .500, but came up in the second half and took the lead in the district (80 wins, 61 losses) for the first time this season with a sweep against Texas. It has potential. Experts are predicting that Houston will win the district. Texas, which has a weak bullpen, has the least chance. Even the wild card advance is a foggy situation.
There is a saying in Major League Baseball that goes, “You can’t win the pennant in April.” Texas appears to be the target.