On Tuesday night, the Houston Astros traveled on the road to face off against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series.
The Rays shelled the Astros for 10 runs in Game 3 to keep their World Series hopes alive.
However, with Justin Verlander on the hill for the Astros in Game 4, it looked like Houston had a sizable advantage.
A Cy Young candidate, Verlander entered the night after a dominant Game 1 win.
He doesn’t have that same form.
In the very first inning, Verlander gave up three runs. It all started with a home run from Tommy Pham. Travis d’Arnaud followed that up with a single that scored one run before Joey Wendle brought another run home with a double.
It’s been a terrible start for Verlander, who hasn’t been able to hit his spots on three days rest.
Base hits vs Justin Verlander this inning … Getting crushed. pic.twitter.com/tuYIidrCIR
— Daren Willman (@darenw) October 8, 2019
After pitching in Game 1, Verlander hasn’t had the same command he had earlier in the series and the Astros are paying for it.
The star pitcher ended the inning with a strikeout to save face, slightly.
Houston boasts one of the best lineups in the league and it needs to show up if the Astros want to avoid a Game 5.