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Justin Verlander has been historically good to start his Astros career

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MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

The acquisition of Justin Verlander will go down as one of the biggest trades in Houston Astros franchise history. Thus far, the move has worked out beautifully for the Astros with Verlander being lights out. But just how lights has he been might you ask?

Verlander has been arguably better than another historically big transaction acquisition for the Astros, Randy Johnson.

AT&T Sportsnet Southwest posted this graphic on Wednesday after Verlander’s 12-2 win over the Rangers.

Verlander has had nearly as many strikeouts with half as many walks through five starts than Johnson. And both Verlander's opponent batting average and WHIP have been better to start his Astros career.

Now which of the two has had a better start to his career with the Astros? It doesn’t really matter in the end. But if history is any guide. Johnson was 34 years old when he was traded to the Astros, same as Verlander. Johnson went on to win four more Cy-Young Awards and a World Series with the Diamondbacks. He’s to hoping that history repeats itself.


Who has had a better start to their Astros career?

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  • 3%
    Randy Johnson
    (9 votes)
  • 68%
    Justin Verlander
    (164 votes)
  • 27%
    Ryan, you literally said it doesn’t matter in the story.
    (65 votes)
238 votes total Vote Now