Whether with actions or words, Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has been basking in the spotlight this past week.
The spotlight shined with great intensity on Sunday as he no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays in a 2-0 victory on the road. It was his third no-hitter, the Astros second of the season, and the 13th in club history. Verlander joins just six other Major Leaguers with three or more no-hitters. This was his second no-hit in Toronto, the first coming in 2011 when he pitched for Detroit.
On Aug. 3, the Astros no-hit the Seattle Mariners in a group effort led by Aaron Sanchez.
“It’s elation,” Verlander told MLB News. “It’s so cool to be able to have everybody jumping up and down and have everybody else that excited.”
Verlander drew attention to himself twice in the past week with his mouth. On Aug. 27 he got tossed from the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning after arguing about the strike zone with the umpire. Just a few days before that, Verlander got into trouble for barring a Detroit reporter from the Astros clubhouse after a game. Apparently the two had a prior disagreement and Verlander wasn’t cutting the writer any slack.
In their last 10 games, the Astros are 8-2 and continue to dominate the American League West with an 89-49 record and a 10-game lead over Oakland. Only the Yankees in the East have a better record with 90 wins.
The Astros are on the road in Milwaukee to start the week and then return to Minute Maid Park for four games against Seattle.