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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
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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

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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

Justin Verlander fanned 14 while limiting the Dodgers to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Friday.

Joc Pederson homered to lead off the bottom of the first, and it turned out to be the Dodgers' only real offense of the night. The 14 strikeouts tied Verlander's career high, believe it or not; he did it once in 2011, once in 2012 and once earlier this year against the Yankees on May 1. Verlander struggled a little coming into the All-Star break, but he's been stellar since, allowing three runs over 18 2/3 innings.
Aug 4 - 1:49 AM

Justin Verlander surrendered two runs on nine hits over five innings in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers.

Just not the sharpest of outings for Verlander, who tied his season high in hits allowed on Saturday. Included among those nine knocks, a pair of solo home runs, only one of which actually left the park. Isiah Kiner-Falefa burned him in the second inning in traditional fashion, while Rougned Odor got it done in inside-the-park style in the fifth. Verlander struck out seven and walked one in the outing and finished up having thrown 99 pitches (69 strikes). If there's one saving grace, here, it's that he was able to limit the damage to his ERA. The ace right-hander will look to sharpen up by degrees when he heads out on the dusty trail for what should be a fun road showdown with the Dodgers next time out. Verlander will carry a 2.24 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 190/27 K/BB ratio (148 2/3 innings) into that affair.
Jul 28 - 10:02 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 Angels over six scoreless innings in a win Saturday.

Verlander scattered five hits and two walks, recording his highest single-game strikeout total since ... his last time out, when he fanned 12. That's been a common theme for Verlander, who now has 183 strikeouts on the year, second-most in the American League behind only Red Sox ace Chris Sale. He doesn't trail Sale or anyone else in innings pitched, ERA or WHIP, leading the league in all three categories, and the win improved Verlander to 10-5 with a 2.19 ERA and 0.85 WHIP through 22 starts overall. He'll next square off with the Rangers next weekend.
Jul 21 - 10:39 PM

Justin Verlander allowed six runs -- five earned -- over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Tigers.

Verlander finishes the first half with somewhat of a dud against his former team. He struck out 12 batters and issued zero walks, but four different Tigers went deep off him. The veteran right-hander will head into the All-Star break with a 9-5 record, 2.29 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 172/24 K/BB ratio in 137 2/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 4:55 PM

Justin Verlander shut out the Athletics for six innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

Verlander allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out six through six innings, so one would think he could have gone deep tonight. Still, it took him 110 pitches to get those 18 outs, even as he faced just 21 batters. Verlander was denied a win after the Astros blew a four-run lead in the ninth. He'll try for No. 10 for the sixth time on the final day before the All-Star break.
Jul 11 - 12:05 AM

Justin Verlander struck out 10 while allowing two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Thursday against the White Sox.

Verlander fired five scoreless innings before an Omar Narvaez solo homer in the sixth inning got the Sox on the board. Things got worse when a Yolmer Sanchez RBI double later in the frame tied the score, leaving Verlander without a say in the decision. He gave up just four hits without walking a batter on the evening, deserving a better fate than the one he got. The right-hander remains 9-4 overall with a 2.15 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 154/24 K/BB ratio through 19 starts, numbers he'll carry into Tuesday's start against the Athletics.
Jul 6 - 1:12 AM

Justin Verlander surrendered five runs on nine hits over five innings in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Rays.

Verlander was out of sync early, with all five runs on his line scoring in the first two frames. A two-run double by Wilson Ramos and a sacrifice fly by Joey Wendle in the first inning got things off to a rotten start for the veteran ace. Ramos would serve as his nemesis once more in the second inning, when the backstop knocked him for a two-run single to put the Astros in a 5-0 hole. It wasn't all awful -- he struck out eight and walked just one -- but on the whole, not the best of times for the Cy Young contender. He's hit his first little rough patch of the season of late, having surrendered nine runs on 16 hits in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts. These recent struggles shouldn't be considered cause for concern, though. Everybody has a few missteps in a long season. Verlander will try for better results when he brings his 2.12 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 144/24 K/BB ratio (118 2/3 innings) into a home showdown with the White Sox in his next scheduled outing.
Jun 30 - 7:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Martin Maldonado
3Max Stassi
1B1Yuli Gurriel
2Tyler White
3J.D. Davis
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Marwin Gonzalez
2Tony Kemp
3Kyle Tucker
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
3Myles Straw
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Dallas Keuchel
3Gerrit Cole
4Lance McCullers
5Charlie Morton
6Josh James
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Hector Rondon
3Chris Devenski
4Brad Peacock
5Joe Smith
6Will Harris
7Collin McHugh
8Ryan Pressly
9Tony Sipp
10Framber Valdez
11Jandel Gustave
12Cionel Perez
13Dean Deetz