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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 pitched seven innings in the Astros' 2-0 shutout of the Mets on Monday.
Verlander was coming off a tough outing against the Cardinals, but he cruised today, allowing nothing more than singles. He has a 1.64 ERA and a 24/2 K/BB ratio over 22 innings. Mar 19 - 5:47 PM

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Justin Verlander took a loss after allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings Wednesday against the Cardinals.

It's Verlander's first misstep this spring. He gave up a pair of homers among those eight hits, so it could have been considerably worse. He still has a 2.40 ERA and a 21/1 K/BB ratio in 15 innings.
Mar 14 - 4:57 PM

Justin Verlander racked up eight strikeouts and allowed just one run in five innings of a 4-2 Cactus League win over the Cardinals on Friday.

He was in peak Cy Young form in this one. He allowed just two hits, including a solo home run by Cardinal shortstop Paul DeJong. That was the first and only run Verlander has surrendered in ten innings so far this spring. He has amassed 17 punchouts and zero walks in those 10 innings. He seems ready for the regular season to start.
Mar 9 - 9:17 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch has named Justin Verlander as the team's Opening Day starter.

He'll be followed by left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the opening series against the Rangers. It's hard to quibble with the plan. Verlander was dominant down the stretch after being acquired by the Astros last August and followed it up with an excellent postseason. He has largely reclaimed his fantasy ace status.
Mar 5 - 3:03 PM

Justin Verlander fanned five batters and allowed just two base hits and no runs in three innings in his start versus the Nationals on Saturday.

Bryce Harper was the only regular Nationals starter in the lineup but it was a very impressive performance by Verlander nonetheless. He did not issue a walk and both of the hits he allowed were harmless singles. He has not allowed a run in five innings this spring. The 35-year-old remains one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Mar 3 - 6:25 PM

Justin Verlander was sharp in his spring debut Monday, striking out four in two perfect innings against the Mets.

Everything looked good today. Verlander usually has a couple of bad days in which he's working on things each spring, but the outs came easy in this one.
Feb 26 - 5:43 PM

Justin Verlander allowed two earned runs over six innings as the Astros fell to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Verlander was absolutely cruising until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Austin Barnes slapped a leadoff single to left field, Chase Utley drew a hit-by-pitch on a wayward slider, and Chris Taylor punched a game-tying RBI double to right. The next batter, Corey Seager, put the Dodgers ahead for good with a sacrifice fly that fell just short of a home run. It was the first loss for Verlander since he joined the Astros in an August 31 trade with Detroit.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 11:48:00 PM

Justin Verlander allowed just two hits, but gave up three runs in six innings of work in the Astros extra-inning victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series.

Verlander also struck out five and walked two. While he only allowed the two hits, both of them were homers to left-handed hitters. The first a game-tying homer to Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run blast by Corey Seager in the sixth that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Outside of those two hits, Verlander continued to look like the ace the Astros traded for this August. He'll likely start Game 6, but could go on short-rest in game 5, if necessary.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 12:45:00 AM

Justin Verlander on Saturday was named the American League Championship Series MVP.

Verlander didn't have a hand in the decisive Game 7, but that's because he was recovering from tossing seven scoreless innings the night before. That outing, coupled with the single-most dominant performance from a starting pitcher this postseason in a Game 2 complete-game victory, earned him the recognition. Verlander allowed just one run in 16 innings in the ALCS, striking out 22, and he's got a 1.46 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in four starts overall this postseason. He'll start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Justin Verlander struck out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames to beat the Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

He was on top of his game and didn't give the Yankees any chance to do much damage all night. He scattered five hits -- all singles -- issued one walk and hit one batter. It was his second win in the series to go with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. The Astros gave up a ton of money and a load of prospect talent to get Verlander on September 1st but his performance in the playoffs has made it all worthwhile. He is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 24 2/3 post-season innings.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 12:35:00 AM

Justin Verlander allowed a lone run in a complete-game, 2-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS.

In a postseason defined by short outings from starting pitchers, Verlander never yielded, striking out 13 over his nine innings of work. Only a Todd Frazier RBI double in the fifth inning, one of just five Yankees hits on the afternoon, kept it from being a complete-game shutout. The game was actually in doubt, even with Verlander's Herculean performance, heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Astros eked out a run against Yanks closer Aroldis Chapman to win the game and get Verlander the victory. He's been everything they could have asked for this postseason in getting them two wins away from a trip to the World Series.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 07:13:00 PM

Making his first career relief appearance, Justin Verlander served up a go-ahead, two-run homer to Andrew Benintendi in the fifth inning of the Astros’ win over the Red Sox.

He was the first hitter Verlander saw, as the righty hung a slider and Benintendi lifted it just inside Pesky’s Pole and into the right field stands. The veteran hurler’s stuff looked fine otherwise, although he didn’t strike out a batter in his 2 2/3 innings. Fortunately for Verlander, the Astros rallied late to finish off the series. Dallas Keuchel is in line to start Game 1 of the ALCS now, with Verlander on tap for Game 2.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:46:00 PM

Justin Verlander pitched six innings of two-run ball to win Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox.

It wasn't Verlander at his best, but it was good enough with the lineup lighting it up. Verlander struck out just three today after finishing with at least six strikeouts in his final 14 regular-season starts. Still, he kept the ball in the park, which is more than what can be said for Chris Sale.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 07:53:00 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that Justin Verlander will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Thursday.

It's not a big surprise at this point. Dallas Keuchel will get the nod in Game 2. Verlander has been amazing since coming over from the Tigers, posting a 1.06 ERA and 43/5 K/BB ratio in 34 innings over five starts.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 12:18:00 PM

Justin Verlander held the Rangers to two earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a victory.

Verlander served up solo homers to Willie Calhoun and Drew Robinson, but the veteran right-hander was otherwise excellent, striking out 11 batters while issuing zero walks. He yielded only four other hits, all of them singles. It was the final regular-season start for Verlander, who projects to start Game 1 or 2 of the American League Division Series for the Astros.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 05:35:00 PM

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