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Statcast also shows that Verlander had the best four-seam spin rate in Game 2 of any of his starts since the application was introduced in 2015. High spin rate is what gives a fastball the "rising fastball" Julio Urias Authentic Jersey type of effect, with 2,500 rpm considered elite. In Game 2, all of Verlander's fastballs had more than 2,500 rpm, reaching as high as 2,635. His velocity was there, too, as good as it has been all year. Verlander displayed an average four-seam velocity above 96 mph in five starts this year. Two of them have come in October, Game 2 included. "I kind of step on the Justin Turner Authentic Jersey gas," Verlander said. "I feel as good now as I've felt all year. This is what we work so hard for. My workout regimen in the offseason, my throwing regimen, my shoulder regimen in-season, all that stuff, this is when it pays off the most. "I came out of that Kenley Jansen Authentic Jersey start better than almost any I have all year."The Baby Bombers trio of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird were hitless in a combined 11 at-bats against Verlander, who kept New York's veteran crew in check as well. Several Yankees hitters, however, have enjoyed past success against the right-hander; Chase Headley is 6-for-18, Todd Frazier 6-for-20 and Brett Gardner 10-for-37. "He's got good velo, spots his fastball well," Judge said. "When he's working that pretty well and then he mixes in his offspeed pitches, it's difficult. We're just going to go down there and keep our game plan. Kenta Maeda Authentic Jersey Just try to get on him early and hit the mistakes. When he's on, he's on. He's tough to hit." Verlander, 34, has enjoyed his share of October showings. Friday's outing will mark his 20th (19th start) in the postseason, a stretch that has seen him compile a stellar 3.18 ERA, with 128 strikeouts across 116 innings. "He's a true competitor," Astros catcher Brian McCann said. "He wants the ball and doesn't want to come out of the game. He's been doing this for a long, long time, and when you look at the back of his baseball card -- the consistency, the longevity, the big games he's pitched in -- we're glad he decided to come here."

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