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HOUSTON – Justin Verlander has posted yet another 200-strikeout season.
The postseason, in this case.
Verlander set a major league record in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night when he struck out Victor Robles on three pitches, giving him 200 career postseason strikeouts, one more than John Smoltz.
After yielding a two-run double to Anthony Rendon in the top of the first inning, Verlander, 36, struck out four of the next six Washington Nationals to push him over the 200 mark. Verlander entered Game 2 with a 3.76 career postseason ERA in 29 appearances, 28 of them starts. His first 112 strikeouts came as a member of the Detroit Tigers, and he started Game 1 of the 2006 World Series in his rookie season.
The most recent 88 came after a 2017 trade to the Houston Astros, and he’s dominated for them, holding postseason opponents to a .185 batting average and earning MVP honors in the 2017 AL Championship Series.