There is a hot discussion among MLB fans these days.
They say that two of the four teams that earned first-round byes in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, really struggled and could have had their rhythm affected by the days off.
Others point at the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, which also earned byes but were able to top their Division Series opponents.
As people discuss whether it’s best to remain active or the added rest is more beneficial, Justin Verlander of the Astros prepares to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
He is well-rested ahead of the important game.
“Certainly, 2022 CY Young favorite Justin Verlander comes into his Game 1 World Series start well-rested. The Houston #Astros ace has made only two starts, totaling 10 innings since Oct. 5,” MLB insider Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Certainly, 2022 CY Young favorite Justin Verlander comes into his Game 1 World Series start well-rested.
The Houston #Astros ace has made only two starts, totaling 10 innings since Oct. 5.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 26, 2022
It Should Be An Advantage For Him
It could certainly be an advantage for him, although in his first start of the postseason, in which he also had multiple days to rest, he didn’t pitch well against the Seattle Mariners.
One has to wonder whether the extra rest will help or affect him.
Verlander had a great season, with a 1.75 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 175 frames with the Astros.
He did it at 39 years old, which makes it all more impressive.
After being shelled against Seattle and dominating the New York Yankees, he has a 6.30 postseason ERA this year.
Will the extra rest help him navigate through the difficult Phillies lineup?
Or will they take advantage of some rust?
We will find out on Friday.
Houston needs a good start from him to begin the series on the right foot.