New York Mets ace Justin Verlander has pitched in MLB since 2005.
That’s almost 20 years.
He has also switched teams on a couple of occasions.
These developments allowed him to earn wins against 29 of the 30 teams in the league before Wednesday.
The only club missing on that list was the Cincinnati Reds.
With seven brilliant innings on Wednesday, Verlander not only gave Mets fans something to cheer for in the middle of a rocky season, but he can also say no one is undefeated against him.
“After 18 seasons, Justin Verlander has notched a win against every team in MLB,” ESPN tweeted.
After 18 seasons, Justin Verlander has notched a win against every team in MLB 👏 pic.twitter.com/uUw1AYDQEn
— ESPN (@espn) May 11, 2023
The right-hander missed more than a month of action with a shoulder issue.
He returned last week with a five-inning performance against the Detroit Tigers, one of his former teams.
This time, he stayed on the mound for full seven innings in which conceded just one run.
Verlander being healthy and effective is a breath of fresh air for a rotation otherwise in shambles.
The Mets are currently without Carlos Carrasco and Jose Quintana, and Max Scherzer is trying to leave behind some neck discomfort, too.
Other pitchers such as David Peterson and Tylor Megill haven’t been very impressive.
If Verlander can show he still has it, and everything seems to be pointing towards that being the case, the unit will be in a much better place.
In his 12 innings of work so far in 2023, the reigning AL Cy Young winner boasts a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings, with 12 punchouts to his name.NEXT: Video Shows Today's Max Scherzer Update