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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Old Dominion
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (2) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Verlander allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS.
All four runs allowed by Verlander came on homers; a solo shot by J.D. Martinez and a three-run homer by Rafael Devers that probably doesn’t leave many -- or any -- other parks. Outside of those blasts he was mostly solid, but the Astros needed their ace to be perfect to stave off elimination on Thursday night. He wasn’t. While it ends in disappointment, it was another strong year for the 35-year-old with a 2.52 ERA and 290 strikeouts over 214 innings for the Astros while winning 16 regular season games and two more in the postseason. He’ll be back with Houston in 2019, and we saw nothing in 2018 that suggests he won’t be among the best starters in baseball again next season. Oct 18 - 11:45 PM

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Justin Verlander will start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday.

As expected. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 3 on Tuesday while Charlie Morton is due to make his postseason debut in Game 4 on Wednesday. Verlander allowed two runs over six innings in a victory over the Red Sox back in Game 1.
Oct 16 - 1:32 PM

Justin Verlander earned his 13th career postseason victory on Saturday, limiting the Red Sox to two runs on two hits and four walks over his six innings of work.

Verlander punched out six on the night. All of the trouble against him came during the fifth inning, where he inexplicably lost command of the strike zone. There, he allowed a leadoff single to Steve Pearce, then issued one-out walks to Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases. A third consecutive walk, this one to Mitch Moreland, forced in a run, then a second run dashed home on a wild pitch. Verlander is expected to get the ball again in Game 5 of the series, provided the Astros don't wind up sweeping the Red Sox.
Oct 14 - 12:15 AM

Justin Verlander was charged with two runs across 5 1/3 innings Friday in the Astros’ 7-2 ALDS Game 1 victory over the Indians.

Verlander entered the sixth inning without having allowed a hit but failed to get through the frame. Yan Gomes broke up the no-no with a leadoff single, and the right-hander was pulled after yielding a one-out single and walk to load the bases. Ryan Pressly relieved him and allowed two inherited runners to score (one on a wild pitch and one on a groundout). Verlander fanned seven and issued a couple walks, throwing 102 pitches on the day. It’s Verlander’s shortest postseason start as an Astros but obviously was still a fine effort even if his final frame wasn’t smooth sailing. He’s lined up to start Game 5 if the series lasts that long.
Oct 5 - 6:09 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said on MLB Network Radio that Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Dallas Keuchel will start the first three games of the ALDS against the Indians.

The order should come as no surprise. Game 1 will take place on Friday in Houston while Game 2 will be on Saturday. The series will shift back to Cleveland for Game 3 on Monday.
Oct 2 - 12:14 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters while throwing six shutout frames but had to settle for a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday.

He allowed just three base hits and one walk to add one more gem outing to a string of sterling starts. He might add another Cy Young award to his mantlepiece this year. He is heading into the post-season on top of his game. For the season he is 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 34 starts. He leads the American League with 290 strikeouts against a minuscule 37 walks in 214 innings.
Sep 29 - 9:24 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 in six innings of shutout ball Saturday against the Angels.

Verlander allowed just one hit and walked none, which would seem like a recipe for pitching deep into the game. However, he did throw 103 pitches in his six innings. The Astros were leading 1-0 when he left, only to give up five runs in the eighth and then respond with nine runs to win 10-5. It left Verlander with a no-decision, though.
Sep 23 - 12:07 AM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 batters over seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Astros' 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Verlander was again brilliant, posting a double-digit strikeout total for the third time in his last four starts. He issued just a single walk and gave up only three hits, one being a David Peralta solo home run in the top of the sixth. The veteran right-hander is now 16-9 on the season with a 2.67 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 269/36 K/BB ratio in 32 starts covering 202 innings. He has a case for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award. Up next is a matchup at home against the Angels.
Sep 16 - 5:35 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters over seven innings Monday in the Astros' 3-2 win over the Tigers.

Making his first start back at Comerica Park, the veteran right-hander scattered six hits and a walk while limiting the Tigers to two runs. Verlander, 35, is now 15-9 on the season with a 2.72 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 258/35 K/BB ratio in 31 starts covering 195 innings. He'll try to continue bolstering his 2018 AL Cy Young Award resume Sunday in Houston against the visiting Diamondbacks.
Sep 10 - 8:58 PM

Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out eight in a victory over the Twins on Tuesday.

That's a good start to his September. Verlander went 6-7 with a 4.15 ERA from the beginning of June through the end of August. Of course, it was right around this time of year that he really turned it on last season. The Astros will hope that it happens again now.
Sep 4 - 11:34 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 while allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Angels, taking the loss.

Verlander and Angels starter Andrew Heaney matched zeroes for the first five innings, but it was Verlander who blinked first, allowing an RBI single to Justin Upton and a two-run double to Andrelton Simmons in the decisive sixth inning. He gave up just five hits all night -- four of them in that sixth inning -- and one walk while striking out 11, and he's now got 240 strikeouts in 181 innings of work. Verlander will take a 13-8 record, 2.78 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into a soft matchup Tuesday with the light-hitting Twins.
Aug 31 - 12:27 AM

Justin Verlander allowed three runs over six innings Saturday in a win over the Angels.

It wasn't the cleanest Verlander outing, but the Houston offense put up eight runs on 12 hits to back him. Verlander issued two walks and surrendered six hits, including a Shohei Ohtani two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. The veteran right-hander is now 13-8 on the season with a 2.72 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 229/31 K/BB ratio in 175 2/3 innings. He has a rematch with the Angels coming next.
Aug 26 - 12:46 AM

Justin Verlander allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts in a victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

Verlander allowed seven hits, and unfortunately for him, three of those hits were homers by the powerful Oakland lineup. The veteran right-hander has shown flashes of brilliance as of late (25 strikeouts in starts against Colorado and Los Angeles), but there have been some clunkers, and this was not him at his best. It’s still been a quality year for Verlander, with a 2.65 ERA and an impressive 223 strikeouts in just under 170 innings. He’ll be on the hill again on Saturday against the Angels.
Aug 19 - 7:19 PM

Justin Verlander yielded two runs in six innings and struck out 11 in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

It's really quite stunning to see Verlander with an 11-8 record, what with him sporting a 2.52 ERA for a first-place team. The Astros are just 14-12 when he pitches, compared to 59-35 the rest of the time. Of course, that's hardly his fault.
Aug 14 - 11:42 PM

Justin Verlander was ejected for arguing Thursday against the Mariners.

He got into it with home plate umpire Nick Lentz between innings following a questionable balk call. Verlander wasn't long for this game anyway—the Mariners ripped him for six runs on seven hits (including three homers) in just two innings of work. For whatever reason, the Astros ace just didn't have it tonight. Brad Peacock came on in relief of Verlander in the third inning.
Aug 9 - 9:28 PM

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