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2019 MLB Most Pitching Wins Prop
After finishing second in Cy Young voting in 2018 to Blake Snell, many may have thought that the 2018 season would be as close as Justin Verlander would ever get to the award at this late stage in his career. Verlander is writing a different story, though, with his strong start to 2019.
Starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Jake Odorizzi took the Target Field mound on Monday with JV sporting a perfect record to begin the 2019 campaign. Odorizzi pitched seven solid innings to outduel Verlander, Ehire Adrianza homered off Houston’s ace and Minnesota beat the Astros 1-0.
JV Odds-On Favorite for Most 2019 MLB Wins
Verlander was valiant in the loss at Target Field. Houston hit four singles against Odorizzi, who worked seven innings for the first time all season. The Houston lineup did not register an extra-base hit and was shut out for the second time in 29 games.
The Astros loss was not in part to what Verlander did or didn’t do. The Houston offense averaged a mere 85.6 mph exit velocity on the fastballs it put into play versus Odorizzi. That was the difference in the contest.
Through the first six starts of 2019 the 36-year old Verlander registered a 4-0 record. The two games he didn’t earn a win were his two least effective starts of the season. One of those being a four-run four-inning start against the Texans Rangers in Arlington. The second a three-run six-inning start at home against the New York Yankees. His first loss of the season saw him allow just two hits with seven punch-out’s while surrendering two walks.
Verlander has struck out 55 in 44 innings this season. His K/9 rate is approaching last year’s outstanding 12.20. The only negative one can point out in JV’s start to the 2019 season is that he has allowed up a homer in each of his starts. This gives him a HR/9 of 1.57 at this point through seven starts.