Justin Verlander was not even a member of the Houston Astros five weeks ago, but he will be their starting pitcher in Thursday's Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Chris Sale will get the start for the Red Sox.
Verlander has started 16 postseason games and is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA in those games. He is 15-8 with a 3.36 ERA this season, but since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31, Verlander is 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA with 43 strikeouts and five walks in his five starts with Houston.
Hinch said Lance McCullers Jr. is an option out of the bullpen as the Astros consider Charlie Morton, Brad Peacock and Collin McHugh for the last two spots in their postseason rotation.