If the Orioles had played in the American League Championship Series, they’d be facing Justin Verlander today.
They probably wouldn’t beat him.
Verlander has never lost to the Orioles. In 11 career starts, he’s 7-0 with a 2.85 ERA. That’s his best mark against any team.
This year, he faced them twice. Verlander allowed just three hits in eight innings on July 15 and on Aug. 17, gave up three runs on six hits in six innings.
Verlander didn’t get a decision that night. It was the game Mark Reynolds was ejected from, and the Tigers eventually won.
It’s not just the Orioles that Verlander picks on. He’s 7-2 with a 2.02 ERA in 11 starts against hard-hitting Texas and 15-2 with a 2.73 ERA against Kansas City.
The Yankees have done a little better. Verlander is 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 starts.
Even though Verlander lost two games to the Cardinals in the 2006 World Series, his interleague record during the regular season is a stellar 19-2 with a 2.64 ERA. He’s 3-1 against St. Louis and had no decision in his only start against San Francisco.