Verlander to Start Game 5 for Tigers

Arlington, TX (WWBT)- After a rough outing on Saturday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Justin Verlander hopes to get a chance to redeem himself.  Barring a Rangers sweep of the series, Verlander will get another start in Game 5.

The Goochland native struggled on Saturday, giving up five hits and three earned runs in four innings of work.  He also struck out five and walked twoVerlander most likely would have continued to pitch, but his night was cut short due to two rain delays in the top of the fifth that totaled close to two hours.  He only threw 82 pitches in the game, but took the loss.

Verlander's numbers during the regular season should be enough for him to lock up the AL Cy Young Award.  He posted a record of 24-5, an ERA of 2.40 and struck out 250 batters.

Game 2 between the Tigers and Rangers is set for Monday at 4:19 pm.

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