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Verlander tasked with saving Astros' season

HOUSTON -- From the moment he waived his no-trade clause and accepted relocation to Houston, Astros right-hander Justin Verlander was deemed a franchise savior, an ace capable of leading his new club to the promised land of its first World Series championship.

On Friday night at Minute Maid Park, the Astros will hand Verlander the ball with their postseason lives hanging in the balance. Following three consecutive road losses to the New York Yankees, the Astros return home for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on the brink of elimination and with Verlander standing in the gap.

This seemed an unlikely scenario when Verlander delivered a complete-game gem in Game 2 last Saturday, allowing one run on five hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts in a tense 2-1 victory. Yet now, with its offense scuffling, Houston needs Verlander to be great once more.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Altuve.346
HR: G. Springer34
RBI: M. González90
SB: J. Altuve32
W: D. Keuchel14
ERA: J. Verlander3.82
Saves: K. Giles34
K: J. Verlander176
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
X-Houston 10161.623-
LA Angels 8082.49421
Seattle 7884.48123
Texas 7884.48123
Oakland 7587.46326
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .282 (1)
Runs: 896 (1)
Hits: 1581 (1)
Home Runs: 238 (2)
Stolen Bases: 98 (8)
OBP: .346 (1)
SLG: .478 (1)
Total Bases: 2681 (1)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.12 (11)
Runs Allowed: 700 (9)
Saves: 45 (6)
Strikeouts: 1593 (2)
OpBA: .240 (6)
OBP: .313 (8)
SLG: .407 (9)
Run Support: 5.58 (1)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/1 D. Paulino Reinstated from Illegal Substance Suspension
10/1 D. Paulino Placed on 60-Day DL (Bone spurs, right elbow)
10/1 A. Reed Called Up from Minors - Not to Report
10/1 P. Tucker Called Up from Minors - Not to Report
9/20 M. Fiers Reinstated From League Suspension
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Injuries
Date Player Status
10/1 D. Paulino Bone spurs, right elbow (on 60-day DL)
9/13 J. Marisnick Fractured right thumb (day-to-day)
8/31 B. Rodgers Right elbow surgery - out for season (on 60-day DL)
8/30 E. Gattis off 10-day DL
8/30 Y. Gurriel Right knee soreness (day-to-day)
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