Justin Verlander isn’t impressed by the Yankees.
MLB Network host Chris Russo praised the Yankees’ offseason moves, namely the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton and the hiring of Aaron Boone as manager, and said that the Bombers were the obvious American League favorites.
“There’s no way you can’t think that the Yankees are the team to beat in the American League,” Russo said.
That’s a peculiar statement given that the Astros won the pennant before ultimately defeating the Dodgers to win the World Series.
That’s obviously how Verlander felt, taking obvious exception to Russo’s proclamation.
“I can think of a reason,” Verlander replied on Twitter.
Verlander, who was acquired at the Aug. 31 non-waiver trading deadline last season, helped guide the Astros to their World Series Championship.
The 34-year-old was particularly dominant against the Yankees in the ALCS, allowing just one earned run in 16 innings (0.56 ERA) on his way to earning ALCS MVP honors.