CHICAGO – A rare end-of-season game from the Cy Young lovers will take place Tuesday night at the Guaranteed Odds Court when Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander put on White Sox correct Dylan stopped.
Two pitchers ranked first and second in the AL in the ERA, with Verlander’s 1.85 points better than Cease’s 1.96. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the third game by starters with an ERA below 2.00 (with a minimum of 20 starts) since the MLB took down in 1969.
“This is like when I was a kid,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday afternoon. “[Sandy] Koufax and Juan Marichal, Don Drysdale and Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and Bob Gibson. … I’ll have to be careful and make sure I don’t see… because if I’m at home I’ll get me a bowl of popcorn and some beer and the only time I’ll leave is if there’s one commercial or between unions. It’s a classic good thing. “
Coming to tonight, Verlander is the favorite minus 175 to win the third Cy Young while Cease has the second shortest odds with plus-275, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
When the players focus on the game, the prize is not something they are avoiding.
“I try not to fix it,” Cease said. “We have a lot of other stuff going on but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t on my mind.
“Depending on the outcome [of the game], it could change everything but there are still so many seasons left, I don’t think whoever does better tomorrow will be the winner. It is definitely important. “
Stop has allowed one or fewer runs to be earned in 14 consecutive starts, the longest period since earned runs became official in both tournaments in 1913. During that period. , he reduced his ERA from 4.26 to 1.96.
Verlander was asked about Ceasing to compete for the Cy Young award after not being selected to this year’s All-Star Game.
“Cy Young is much more important than All-Star,” Verlander said. “I know his stuff is huge. Looks like he’s put it all together this year.”
Cease will be trying to avenge the Astros’ loss from last year’s qualifying series, which Houston won in four games. Verlander, meanwhile, had its worst performance of the season against the White Sox in June. He dropped seven runs in 3.2 innings.
“You learn from your mistakes and adjust accordingly,” says Verlander. “I’m not one to stay too much, but I know they had a good game against me there.”
Verlander is trying to become the oldest player to lead the MLB in wins and ERAs in a single season. No pitcher over the age of 33 has ever done that. His third opponent was 10 years old when Verlander debuted in 2005.
“Back in the day when he started at 92 mph and finished at 101,” Cease said. “I remember watching a lot as a kid and seeing that. The fact that I’m here now and he’s still doing it, that’s pretty rare.”
Cease was asked if he could imagine playing at the same level as Verlander at the age of 39.
“It’s confusing,” Cease replied. “[He] and [Max] Scherzer is showing that, if you take care of yourself, there’s no reason for your velo or anything to have a hand in it. Guys like that will definitely be easier on the screen. “
Both pitchers expressed excitement ahead of Tuesday’s game, understanding the attention from around the baseball world about the game.
Verlander said: “I don’t think you get a lot of moments like this, where you get two boys who have had such great years. “Everything has to align so it’s very interesting.”
In the opening of the series on Monday night, Yoan Moncada hit a breakthrough two-game singles game in the eighth round of four runs in Chicago, and the White Sox doubled the lead against the Astros 4-2 for their fourth straight win.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.