I have no idea when this happened, but it’s blowing up all over the web this morning, so I assume it was recently. It certainly beats the time Ivan Calderon climbed up on the wall at Tiger Stadium back in the late 80s in that this guy here doesn’t look like he was laboring against a big dinner and some beers and stuff.
Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.
Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.