Justin Verlander, 40, has been named the Houston Astros’ starting pitcher for Game 1 of the American League Division Series (ALDS).

The Astros announced on Saturday that Verlander will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins. Frazier Valdez will start Game 2.

Houston, which won the American League West in a hard-fought series, will host Minnesota in a best-of-five ALDS starting on April 8.

Despite his advanced age, Verlander has pitched 162 1/3 innings in 27 games this season, going 13-8 with a 3.22 ERA.

He’s not just playing well, he’s playing at the top of his game. As a result, he beat out Valdez to start the first game of the postseason.

In 14 games (13 starts) in the ALDS so far, Verlander has pitched 79 innings with an 8-1 record and a 3.08 ERA. He has 90 strikeouts.레고토토

Houston seems to value Verlander’s experience. Verlander is the veteran of the veterans, having started a whopping 35 games in the postseason so far.

Valdez, who took over the No. 2 job behind Verlander, pitched 198 innings in 31 games last season, going 12-11 with a 3.45 ERA. He struck out 166 batters.

While his numbers are down from last year, he’s still a left-handed starter you can count on for one game. Houston’s fate rests on their shoulders.

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