Justin Verlander has moved one step closer to claiming another piece of baseball history.
The Houston Astros ace tallied his 184th career postseason strikeout early in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday, striking out New York Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin in the third inning to move past Andy Pettitte for the second-most in playoff history.
Verlander came into the game three strikeouts behind Pettitte, who starred for the Yankees and Astros over his 18-year career.
Hall of Famer John Smoltz is now the only pitcher ahead of Verlander on the all-time postseason strikeout list. He struck out 199 batters during the playoffs throughout his storied career.
Verlander, the 2017 ALCS MVP, came into Sunday's start sporting a career 14-8 playoff record with a 3.20 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 27 postseason appearances. He ranks third all time in playoff wins, one behind Smoltz and four back of Pettitte.
The 36-year-old struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings of work in Game 2, giving him 187 career postseason strikeouts. He left with the game tied 2-2.