Justin Verlander keeps on getting better. The 36-year-old right-hander has already made a landmark in baseball by his numerous awards. In 2017, he was traded by Detroit Tigers before the end of the trade deadline. He helped Astros win the 2017 World Series Trophy.
On Sunday, Verlander threw 120 pitches; he has improved to 17-5 this season with a 2.56 ERA and an astounding 0.77 WHIP. He is on the track to edge teammate Gerrit Cole for the 2019 American League Cy Young. He is the best pitcher in the modern game.
For now, Verlander only cares about finishing games, winning games, getting the Cy Award, capturing the World Series title and finally securing a place in MLB history. He carefully studies the game and knows how to play.
Verlander is to make $66 million with Astros in the next two years; if he was after money, he would have quit. But he wants more, to win another Cy. He enjoys the game to the extent that he boost that he will play to his late forties.
As long as Verlander is on the mound, we know we’re watching baseball history. We see memories that will be forever attached to the future Hall of Famer.