Justin Verlander K’s 11 to lead Astros to win in ALCS opener

2:40 AM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. HOUSTON — The Astros quickly ran out of superlatives in describing Justin Verlander‘s performance in their 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night. Echoes of “first-ballot Hall … Read more

MLB playoff field is set! Why 2022 postseason could be best ever

AP Photo/Hakim Wright The regular season is officially in the books (OK, maybe there is still a game or two trickling slowly to its finish as you read this) and the 2022 MLB playoffs are set to start Friday — and this year’s postseason could be epic. In addition to a new format that features … Read more

Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, bullpen blank Philadelphia Phillies, lose no-hit bid in 9th

HOUSTON — After capping his magnificent comeback season with another stellar start Tuesday night, Justin Verlander was too busy looking ahead to reflect too much on what he’s accomplished already. “I wouldn’t be who I am or in this position now if I just was happy with where I finish the regular season. … I’m … Read more

Mets-Braves, AL and NL Wild Card

As the 2022 regular season has winded down, all eyes have been on Aaron Judge’s chase to break Roger Maris’ American League record for most home runs in a single season and Albert Pujols’ race to 700 career home runs. One of those milestones has been reached, with Pujols hitting two home runs against the … Read more

Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander leaves after 3 innings and 60 pitches, but right calf issue ‘the best of bad news’

HOUSTON — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander left his start on Sunday after three innings and 60 pitches, with the team later announcing he has right calf discomfort. Verlander struck out six — including all three in the first inning — and allowed three hits and one walk to the visiting Baltimore Orioles before departing … Read more

Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, Chicago White Sox’s Dylan Cease each surrender 3 runs in Cy Young showdown

CHICAGO — The American League Cy Young race probably didn’t alter much on Tuesday, as Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander and his top competitor for the honor — Chicago White Sox righty Dylan Cease — each gave up three runs in the White Sox’s eventual 4-3 victory. “I was disappointed,” Cease said despite the team … Read more

Cy Young favorites Justin Verlander, Dylan Cease set to clash in Chicago

CHICAGO — A rare, late season matchup of Cy Young favorites takes place Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field when Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander takes on White Sox righty Dylan Cease. The two pitchers rank first and second in ERA, with Verlander’s 1.85 mark a tick better than Cease’s 1.96. According to the Elias … Read more