Game 4 at Target Field won’t likely feature Game 1 starting Justin Verlander of the Astros according to Houston manager Dusty Baker.
Verlander was brilliant for the Astros in Game 1, tossing six scoreless innings and fanning six batters in Houston’s 6-4 victory. Verlander has a 3.54 ERA and a 17-11 career record in the postseason.
In just three innings of work in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, Bailey Ober gave up three earned runs on four hits.
With a 6-2 victory on Sunday, Minnesota evened the series. They ran off Astros starter Framber Valdez after just 4.1 innings, scoring five earned runs on seven hits and three walks.
Neither Houston nor Minnesota have chosen their starting lineups for Game 4. While Joe Ryan might start for Minnesota on Wednesday, Kenta Maeda, who pitched two innings in Game 1 on Saturday, could be an alternative for the Twins. Ryan finished the season with an 11-10 record and a 4.51 ERA.
The starting pitchers for Game 3 on Tuesday in Minneapolis are Sonny Gray and Cristian Javier.