Arkins: Verlander To Cooperstown No Sure Thing

When Houston Astro fans reflect on the 2017 season, most will likely view the late-season acquisition of Justin Verlander as a transformative moment in franchise history. Including the postseason, Verlander posted a 1.67 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 70 innings with Houston winning 10 of the 11 game appearances. Most importantly, the Astros won their first World Series title with the right-hander leading the charge. Verlander’s immediate impact in Houston and the national exposure he received during the postseason prompted some talking heads and fans to declare he is already…

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Arkins: AL Wild Card Race Primer

With just five weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s conceivable the victors of the AL wild card race won’t emerge until the last day of the season — perhaps later. Entering today, five teams are within two games of the second wild card spot. None is a clear-cut favorite; all possess significant flaws. Considering the volatility of the competition, September will be both exhilarating and frustrating for fans across the league. With that in mind, I decided to brush up on the clubs most likely to earn the second…

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