If we had told you six months ago that Justin Verlander would pitch Game 6 of the World Series with a chance to clinch the championship, you'd have been pretty darn excited.

Sorry to bring that up, Detroit Tigers fans. But you know the feeling of having JV on the mound in big games, and it's exactly what the Houston Astros have to look forward to for Tuesday's Game 6.

The Astros won a wild 10-inning affair, 13-12, in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a critical 3-2 World Series lead. Now the series turns back to Dodger Stadium and, while L.A. will have home-field advantage the rest of the way, the Astros will have Verlander.

And Verlander - despite surrendering two home runs in Game 2 of the World Series - has been money.

• He went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five regular-season starts since the Tigers traded him to Houston on Aug. 31.

• He is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in five postseason starts in 2017 (and the fifth start, a no-decision, turned out to an Astros win, too).

• In potentially series-clinching games, Verlander is 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five career starts.