MLB Milestone Tracker: Five things to watch for in 2020

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 28: Los Angeles Angels First base Albert Pujols (5) is all smiles after his team beat the Baltimore Orioles on July 28, 2019, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Carrie Giordano (Jesenovec)/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 28: Los Angeles Angels First base Albert Pujols (5) is all smiles after his team beat the Baltimore Orioles on July 28, 2019, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Carrie Giordano (Jesenovec)/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Five MLB Milestones to watch for in 2020

Justin Verlander- 3,000 Innings Pitched

In 2019, Justin Verlander registered his 3,000th career strikeout.

In 2020, he will surpass the 3,000 innings pitched mark. He is 18 innings shy of the milestone, so he will have a good chance of reaching it in his first three starts.

If Verlander remains healthy and reaches at least 200 innings like he normally does, he will move up from 139th on the all-time innings pitched list to 112th.

The eight-time All-Star is heading into his 16th major league season.

Through 15 seasons, Verlander has 225 wins, a 3.33 ERA, and 3,006 career strikeouts. Including 2019, Verlander has won the Cy Young award once, in 2011, and has placed in the top five eight different times. He also won the AL MVP in 2011.

Verlander reached 300 strikeouts on the season, the first time he has done that in his career.

Verlander has a very strong case for Cooperstown and he is continuing to make one, as he has resurrected his prime in Houston.

Since he was traded to Houston during the 2017 season, Verlander had a 2.45 ERA, a 42-15 record over 73 starts.

Verlander will be turning 37 before the start of the 2020 season. If he continues to age as kindly as he has, he will be adding to his Hall of Fame resume for a few more seasons.