On Friday night in Houston, Justin Verlander will make the eighth World Series start of his career. Which, impressive as it is, doesn't really stand out in MLB's record books. 10 pitchers have made at least nine World Series starts. Hall of Famer Whitey Ford leads the way with 22.
(Honestly, it's most impressive that Verlander has made seven World Series starts without a single win. He's 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA.)
Here's where Verlander does stand out. In fact, here's where he nearly stands alone. On Friday night against the Phillies, he will become the second pitcher in MLB history to start a World Series game in three different decades. Rogers Clemens is the other.