There’s no slowing down Justin Verlander, even at the age of 35. But on Wednesday night, Verlander and the Houston Astros would shut the Los Angeles Angels out (2-0) to improve to 28-17. But more than that, Verlander is just the 33rd pitcher in MLB history to strike out 2,500 batters. And who would he strike out to reach that milestone? None other than two-player Shohei Ohtani.
He’s also the sixth-fastest pitcher to achieve this, and really appreciates the support, he tweets:
“Thank you to everyone for the congratulatory tweets on 2,500 K’s. So honored to be able to play this game and compete against the best in the world for as long as I have.”
Meanwhile, the Angels are still within striking distance of the Astros. After the shutout, they stand just two games out of first with a 25-18 record.
As for the numbers on the mound, Verlander continues to dominate. He currently holds a 1.05 ERA, 2.30 FIP and 1.78 DRA. Numbers-wise, he’s well on his way towards one of the best seasons of his career — if not the best.