The pennant race is sharpening focus as some of the best teams from 2017 punch their ticket to the playoffs. One of the teams that made the biggest moves was the Houston Astros, in acquiring Justin Verlander at the postseason roster deadline of August 31. The former American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner has delivered as advertised, going 3-0 so far in 3 starts. This week, he went 2-0, with 15 innings pitched, 4 hits, 1 earned run, and 19 strikeouts. This was against two American League West opponents in Seattle and Los Angeles (Anaheim) in the playoff race. His victory on Sunday clinched the first division title for the Astros since 2001, beginning what could be a Randy Johnson like postseason run. It was his home debut. But Verlander will be in Houston for two more years as long as they are willing to pay his salary. His performance this week earns the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!