The news came as a relief to many Astros fans, who were concerned that the superstar pitcher would overexert himself and risk injury. This is the ninth All-Star selection for Verlander.
The news was first posted to Twitter by Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
The Houston Astros are dominating their AL West rivals, and their fans are happy to see players not taking unnecessary risks.
The Astros want to have all their players fully rested just in case the Los Angeles Angels or Seattle Mariners go on a hot streak.
This All-Star game is being hosted at the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a recent rival of the Houston Astros.
Fans don't mind their stars not playing in this game because the vibes at Dodger Stadium are just off.
Dusty Baker probably didn't make this decision based on these vibes, but Houston Astros fans support it all the same.
Justin Verlander won't pitch at the All-Star game, and Houston Astros fans are thrilled
Justin Verlander is no stranger to the All-Star game, but he and his team have higher ambitions this year. The Houston Astros have championship aspirations in 2022, and every win after the break will be paramount.
The Astros will return from the break with an important series against the New York Yankees. Given how well the Yankees have been playing this season, the Astros will have to bring their absolute best to win.
Dusty Baker will be managing the American League team in the game. Fans have come up with a creative way for their team to gain an advantage over the Yankees.
While a replacement for Verlander will surely be chosen soon, some hands have already gone up.
Some even want the rest of the Astros to follow Verlander's lead and take this time to rest. While this is exceedingly unlikely, it could give the team an edge going forward.
Verlander won't be taking the mound at Dodger Stadium during the All-Star game. This move was well received by the fanbase, despite the fact that they won't see him compete against the very best.