After a blockbuster trade that came down to the final minutes, newly acquired starting pitcher Justin Verlander will make his Houston Astros debut on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. For Verlander, it will represent his first start for another organization after he spent the past 11 and a half seasons with the Detroit Tigers.
While Verlander is no longer the perennial Cy Young contender of old, the veteran provides much needed stability to the front-end of Houston's rotation. Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers missed extended time this season and it's caused Houston to rely on back-end starters more frequently than it would have liked.
But this move now gives Houston an excellent trio for a playoff series with Verlander-Keuchel-McCullers and a stellar offense, Houston is the favorite again in the American League. Verlander's fantasy stock largely remains the same, though fantasy leagues where wins are counted will see a boost for him given the new lineup around him.