Saturday was another dominant outing for Justin Verlander Jul 23, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports

Since a rough outing against the Chicago White Sox on June 18, Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has been virtually untouchable. That continued on Saturday afternoon in a game against the Seattle Mariners, who had been baseball’s hottest team before the All-Star Break.

Verlander was nearly untouchable in Seattle. He went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. He also picked up the win, moving his record to 13-3 on the season.

Verlander is 39, an age where most pitchers are retired. If they are still pitching, it’s usually a much more control-based style as opposed to power. But Verlander’s fastball is still overpowering.

And that wasn’t a one-time thing, either. Verlander had a strong fastball working throughout the game, nearly hitting 100 MPH on multiple occasions.

It wasn’t just power for Verlander, either. His breaking ball was just as effective.

The MLB world reacted strongly to Verlander’s dominant outing.

Since that outing against the White Sox, Verlander has a 0.79 ERA and 0.853 WHIP with 36 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched. He’s also won all five outings. In the three outings before that start, he had a 0.86 ERA, 0.762 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 21 innings and a 2-0 record.

So, Verlander is having a great year and is showing no signs of fading as we head into the dog days of summer, which customarily is the hardest part of the year for pitchers — especially veterans. It’s no wonder why he’s a leading Cy Young Award contender in the American League.

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