Sport Astros' Justin Verlander doesn't buy Yankees hype: 'The American League goes through us'

21:21  14 february  2018
21:21  14 february  2018 Source:   Sporting News

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Justin Verlander did it 21 hours later, with a 124-pitch, complete-game victory that put the Astros up 2-0 over the Yankees in the ALCS. “ We joke in our clubhouse about Gary Pettis being the most aggressive third base coach in the league , and I think he still lives as the most aggressive third base

New York Yankees . Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto Blue Jays. “… We ’ve also seen probably the natural fatigue that a pitcher goes through late in the year, and he’s had some of those outings too.” Verlander did, of course, but he initially had reservations about going to the Astros .

a man wearing a baseball hat: Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander © Getty Images Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander is not buying into the Yankees being the team to beat in the American League as one MLB Network host claimed Tuesday.

"I don't really care whose opinion, especially people that don't play," Verlander told reporters Tuesday. "Everything happens between the lines, I think the American League goes through us, obviously, the old saying 'to be the best you've got to beat the best' and I think we proved we were last year."

The Astros beat the Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series in 2017. But with the addition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup, many pundits are championing New York as the best team in the AL.

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The Astros won 101 games in the regular season and now are a loss away from going home, and watching somebody else -- the Yankees Of course, the narrative flips again in the American League Championship Series if Verlander pitches on Friday night the way he did in Game 2 of this series.

Justin Verlander isn' t buying the Yankees as the team to beat in the AL. The young New York Yankees were only a game away from the 2017 World Series, but Astros shut out the Yanks in "There's no way you can' t think that the # Yankees are the team to beat in the American League ." –

Verlander obviously does not support that argument and he has a case. Houston beat the Yankees, then went on to beat a team many thought was the best in baseball in the Dodgers. They return every player in their historical batting order, added two good relievers, and traded for 2015 NL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole.

Make no mistake, the Yankees will be a tough team to beat this season, but the Astros are far from a forgotten contender.

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