Verlander, Astros look to close out series at home


October 29, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Oct. 8. DIRK SHADD/TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Springer shook his head at the mere mention of Houston Astros teammate Justin Verlander’s past October trouble, the only pitcher in baseball history to go 0-5 in the World Series.

“We wouldn’t be here without him,” Springer declared. “I don’t care what individual stats say.”

Then, as if to emphasize the point, the Astros outfielder repeated himself: “We wouldn’t be here without him. So I’m glad that we’re handing the ball to him. We’ll see what happens.”

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