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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced at TigerFest on Saturday that Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day.
It comes as no surprise that the club's ace will start on Opening Day against the White Sox, but now it's official. The runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting, Verlander compiled a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings in 2016. He has been a popular commodity in early fantasy drafts, going inside the top ten starting pitchers. Jan 21 - 12:23 PM

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Justin Verlander pitched another gem in his final start of the season on Sunday, but still wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing one run on six hits over seven innings.

Verlander punched out eight on the day while issuing only one free pass. He allowed a sacrifice fly to Freddie Freeman in the first inning, and that was the extent of the damage in the ballgame as the Tigers' offense was held in check by Julio Teheran and company. Verlander finishes a tremendous 2016 season 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings. He'll certainly garner strong consideration for the American League Cy Young award.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:16:00 PM

Justin Verlander faced little resistance from the Indians on Tuesday, punching out a season-high 12 batters over 7 2/3 shutout frames in a 12-0 victory.

The Indians sent out their "hangover" lineup a day after clinching the American League Central, but Verlander and the Wild Card-hunting Tigers aren't going to complain. The righty yielded just four singles and one walk on the day, as the Tribe reached second base just once all night. Of course, Verlander could have easily done this against any lineup with the way he's been pitching. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings in September and easily leads the American League with his 246 strikeouts. Assuming the Tigers still need a start from him, Verlander will get the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 10:51:00 PM

Justin Verlander had the strikeout working in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Twins, fanning 11 while allowing two runs over six innings.

With the 11 strikeouts under his belt, Verlander has struck out double-digit batters in seven starts this season. The only real blemishes on his line came in the form of a pair of solo home runs (Juan Centeno, Byron Buxton). This has been a persistent issue for the veteran hurler, as he has now coughed up 30 long balls for the season. On the whole, though, Verlander has put forth a fine campaign. He will carry a 3.21 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 234/55 K/BB ratio (213 innings) into a home start against the Indians next time he toes the rubber.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:23:00 PM

Justin Verlander tossed seven scoreless innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Indians.

Verlander gave up a lone single and walked four over his seven innings, striking out seven. Unfortunately for the right-hander, a plethora of Indians relievers combined to hold his team scoreless as well, denying him his 15th win of the year. Verlander remains 14-8 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 223/53 K/BB ratio in 31 starts, and in a league where people are debating the merits of a reliever as a Cy Young candidate, the 33-year-old should be in the discussion as well. Verlander will next square off with the Royals on Friday.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Justin Verlander was not long for Sunday's loss to the Orioles, surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Verlander was twice burned by the home run, with long balls accounting for all three runs on his line. Michael Bourn socked a two-run homer off the veteran right-hander in the third and Jonathan Schoop connected for a solo shot in the fourth. By the end of his five innings of work, Verlander had already thrown 104 pitches. Despite his issues on Sunday, this has been an impressive campaign on the whole. For the season, he has pitched to a 3.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 216/49 K/BB ratio across an even 200 innings. Up next on the docket, a road showdown with the Indians.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Justin Verlander recorded 11 strikeouts while holding the White Sox to two runs over seven frames but took a no-decision in a 5-3 extra-innings win.

Verlander served up a home run to his former catcher, Alex Avila, for the second time in as many starts. This last one tied the game in the seventh inning, costing the right-hander a shot at his 15th victory. The 11 punchouts tied a season high for Verlander, who has now topped 200 strikeouts for the first time since 2013. He's also recorded a quality start in all 11 of his second-half outings. Verlander gets the Orioles at home this weekend.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:38:00 PM

Justin Verlander held the White Sox to two earned runs over seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

Detroit won the game 3-2 on a walkoff RBI sac fly from Tyler Collins in the bottom of the ninth inning. Verlander yielded just three hits (two homers) and walked none while striking out nine. The veteran right-hander has an impressive 3.30 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 198/46 K/BB ratio through 188 innings this season and he'll get this same White Sox club next week.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Justin Verlander earned his 14th victory of the season on Friday, allowing just two runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Angels.

Verlander punched out eight on the night while issuing one free pass. Albert Pujols tagged him for a solo homer in the first inning, then he was able to settle in nicely and keep the Angels off the board until Kole Calhoun's RBI double in the eighth. He has been fantastic since his rocky start to the season and now sports a stellar 3.33 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 189/46 K/BB ratio over 181 innings. He'll take on the White Sox his next time out at home on Wednesday.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 10:18:00 PM

Justin Verlander turned in a nice performance in Sunday's win over the Red Sox, surrendering just one run on three hits over six innings.

Verlander fanned five and walked just one on the afternoon. A Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the sixth inning was the only damage that the high-scoring Sox could manage against the veteran right-hander. Verlander might no longer be an outright fantasy ace, but still holds a sharp 3.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 181/45 K/BB ratio over 173 1/3 innings. He will try to keep the good times rolling in a home start against the Angels next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Justin Verlander was charged with five runs -- three earned -- over seven innings in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

He struck out six and yielded only four hits and one walk, but three of those hits left the yard. Verlander had allowed three home runs over his last eight starts combined. It still wasn't a bad line for the veteran righty, though, with two of the runs being unearned. He'll take on the Red Sox this weekend.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 10:09:00 PM

Justin Verlander held the Mariners to one run in seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

Verlander and Felix Hernandez canceled each other out tonight, leaving this one to be settled by the pens. Verlander has allowed two runs or fewer in eight straight starts.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 01:29:00 AM

Justin Verlander piled up nine strikeouts over six innings of two-run ball as he defeated the Mets in Motown.

Verlander scattered four hits and a walk on the evening. The only mistake that he made was a hanging changeup that Kelly Johnson banged out of the park for a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Verlander has been in vintage form the past few months, pitching to a 2.60 ERA over his last 17 starts. He'll look to earn his 13th victory when he does battle against the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 while allowing two runs in a complete-game, 3-2 win over the Astros on Saturday.

Verlander was dominant for most of the evening, allowing just five hits and a walk, but the Astros turned three of those hits into two runs in the top of the ninth inning to put Verlander's gem in jeopardy. The Tigers offense came to his aid, though, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to give Verlander his 11th win. The right-hander has been vintage Verlander for much of the year, posting a 3.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 155/40 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings. An interleague date with the Mets is on tap for Friday.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 10:50:00 PM

Justin Verlander held the mighty Red Sox offense to one run over six innings in Monday's 4-2 victory.

The Red Sox ran up his pitch count as they do with most opposing hurlers, as Verlander needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. The right-hander held the Red Sox in check, though, as he gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out five. Verlander has yielded just six runs over his last five starts since his blowout outing against the Indians. He'll face the Astros his next time out.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:53:00 PM

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C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
4Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
3Brett Pill
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
7Sandy Baez
8Myles Jaye
9A.J. Achter
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Bruce Rondon
8Kyle Ryan
9Blaine Hardy
10Buck Farmer
11Chad Bell
12Daniel Stumpf
13Mike Pelfrey
14Edward Mujica