Justin Verlander Responds to 'You Suck' Chants with Sign Saying 'No, You Suck'

Justin Verlander Responds to 'You Suck' Chants with Sign Saying 'No, You Suck'

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 20, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Anyone who decides to heckle Justin Verlander or the Houston Astros better think twice.

On Saturday night, one fan at Guaranteed Rate Field decided to let Verlander hear it by yelling “You suck.” Well, as Twitter user @jacobqualls3 captured, the Houston right-hander decided to respond:

The ex-Detroit Tigers star clearly doesn’t care about making friends in the Windy City. This comes one day after Verlander feuded with Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who broke up his no-hitter in the fifth inning, for allegedly breaking an unwritten rule by attempting to steal bases while down by five runs.

Also, the heckler’s claims cannot be backed up by facts. Verlander is a Rookie of the Year, a six-time All-Star, a four-time American League strikeout king, a Cy Young winner, an ALCS MVP and a World Series champion. Not to mention he has thrown two no-hitters. So no, he does not suck as a pitcher.

Oh, and Houston has won the first two games of the series against Chicago, 10-0 and 10-1, respectively.

Reddick's two homers power Astros to 10-1 rout

Reddick's two homers power Astros to 10-1 rout


Josh Reddick belted two homers Saturday night, including his second grand slam of April, as the Houston Astros routed the grief-stricken Chicago White Sox 10-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Dallas Keuchel (1-3) cruised through six innings, allowing four hits and a run with two walks and six strikeouts to pick up his first win in five starts. It was the fifth straight win for Houston (15-7), which has outscored Seattle and Chicago (4-13) by a whopping 40-5 in that span.

Lucas Giolito (0-3) lost his third straight start, beset by crippling control problems. Giolito walked seven batters in two-plus innings, six of them scoring, and gave up nine runs on five hits with a strikeout. He has passed 19 hitters in 20 innings over four starts.

It was the White Sox’s first game since reliever Danny Farquhar collapsed in the dugout during Friday night’s 10-0 loss from a cerebral hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm. Farquhar’s No. 43 jersey was hung in the Chicago bullpen prior to first pitch.

Houston touched Giolito for four runs in the first. Carlos Correa started the outburst with an RBI single, followed by Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly. Marwin Gonzalez capped it with a two-run ground-rule double to right-center.

Giolito passed George Springer, Jose Altuve and Correa in the second to load the bases with nobody out to start the second inning. Reddick then golfed a fastball into the seats in right to make it an 8-0 game.

Altuve contributed an RBI single in the third, and Reddick finished the Astros’ scoring in the fourth when he took Chris Volstad deep to right-center for his sixth homer of the season.

Trayce Thompson kept the White Sox from suffering their second straight shutout when he lined a solo homer to right-center in their half of the fifth.

Other than that and seven innings of one-run relief from its bullpen, nothing else went right for Chicago, which allowed 10 runs or more for the fourth straight game.

–Field Level Media


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The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.

Astros' J.D. Davis: Starting at first Monday

Astros' J.D. Davis: Starting at first Monday

Davis will draw the start at first base Monday against the Twins, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Josh Reddick’s illness will prevent him from playing Monday and caused a chain reaction in the lineup. Marwin Gonzalez will move to the outfield, granting Davis a rare start. Davis has looked lost at the plate early on, with just one hit and one walk in 15 plate appearances. His early-season slump comes on the heels of an impressive spring training when he posted a 1.067 OPS. The inflated spring OPS may have been due to opposing hurlers working on their stuff and throwing a substantial amount of fastballs, some of which were down the heart of the plate. He’s noticed a difference in the way he’s getting pitched to during the regular season — more sliders down and away. “Get the balls that are up,” Davis said. “There’s nothing wrong with my swing, fundamentally… I was chasing the sliders down, instead of keeping them up.” His stay with the Astros is expected to end Friday when Yulieski Gurriel (hand) is due to be activated off the disabled list.

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Kate Upton shows off just how massive Astros World Series rings really are

Kate Upton shows off just how massive Astros World Series rings really are

After months of waiting, the Houston Astros were finally presented with their World Series rings Tuesday. Upon first glance, they looked absolutely massive.

But in the early pictures from the team’s ring ceremony, we didn’t have a good size comparison for the rings. Thanks to Kate Upton, we now can see they are ginormous monstrosities that will tower over any other ring.

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Check out Upton’s Instagram account:

Kate Upton showed off Justin Verlander’s massive Astros World Series ring. (Screen grab via @kateupton on Instagram)

As you can see, the Astros’ World Series ring appears 20 times larger than Upton’s engagement ring. And remember, Upton’s engagement ring is pretty huge. She is married to Justin Verlander, after all.

Speaking of, you can see Verlander in the background of Upton’s first photo. We’re guessing he wants to be as close to the ring as possible right now.

He’s going to have to get used to being away from it soon. The Astros take on the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. While it would be awesome to see Verlander wearing his World Series ring while sitting in the dugout, we imagine he’s going to want to keep it away from screaming foul balls for now.

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