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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 had his next scheduled start bumped up to Sunday against the Royals.
Verlander will switch places with Gerrit Cole, who will start on Monday against the Blue Jays to keep both on regular rest. Verlander has been sensational in 2018, posting a 1.60 ERA and striking out 130 hitters over 107 innings in 16 starts for Houston. Jun 20 - 5:50 PM

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Justin Verlander allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10 Tuesday against the Rays.

It was Verlander's best outing of the month thus far, but it wasn't quite enough to secure a win opposite Blake Snell. He struck out 10 for the third time this year. He did give up his ninth homer. Four of those have come in his last three starts.
Jun 19 - 11:50 PM

Justin Verlander scattered five hits and three runs over seven innings Thursday in the Astros’ win over the Athletics.

He fanned seven over 100 pitches. The right-hander didn’t record any walks, though he did hit a batter. Verlander allowed an unusual amount of hard contact in this one with four of the five hits against him going for extra bases. That included home runs by Khris Davis and Matt Olson, which accounted for all three of Oakland's runs. Thursday’s outing raised Verlander’s ERA from 1.45 to 1.61. He’ll take a six-start unbeaten streak into his next outing Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Jun 14 - 6:51 PM

Justin Verlander yielded three runs in six innings and struck out nine Friday in a victory over the Rangers.

It's the first time Verlander has given up three runs since April 3, so at least that's something of a moral victory for the Rangers in what turned out to be a 7-3 game. Verlander, Collin McHugh and Will Harris combined for 13 strikeouts. Verlander improved to 8-2 with a 1.45 ERA.
Jun 8 - 11:31 PM

Justin Verlander yielded two runs on three hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

Verlander pitched quite well in this one -- if not quite spectacularly -- striking out six and walking two over his six innings of work. J.D. Martinez accounted for both runs the veteran ace's line, knocking him for an RBI single in the first inning and repeating that feat in the sixth inning. In 13 starts this season, just one team has touched up Verlander for more than two runs. That would be the Orioles (of all squads), who drew water from the stone with three runs in his second start of the year. He'll look to keep his Cy Young campaign rolling when he carries his 1.24 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 104/17 K/BB ratio (87 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Rangers next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 2 - 11:14 PM

Justin Verlander held the Yankees to one run over 6 2/3 innings as part of a 5-1 win on Monday.

The only damage was a solo shot from Greg Bird in his final frame. Otherwise, Verlander was brilliant, allowing just five hits in all while fanning five and walking none. He’s allowed one earned run or fewer in five straight starts. Verlander has been nothing short of amazing since joining the Astros last summer. He’s now 7-2 this year to go along with a major league-best 1.11 ERA.
May 28 - 4:56 PM

Justin Verlander allowed three hits and one run over six dominant innings Wednesday in the Astros’ win over San Francisco.

He cashed out with nine strikeouts and only one walk over 97 pitches. The only hint of trouble for Verlander came in the fourth when Gorkys Hernandez led off the inning with a triple to center field and later scored on a sac fly by Buster Posey. Incredibly, Verlander’s ERA actually went up (from 1.05 to 1.08) as a result of Wednesday’s outing. He’s been practically unbeatable since joining Houston last summer. The former MVP will try for his seventh win Monday versus the Yankees. He struck out 14 over eight shutout innings in his previous start against them on May 1.
May 23 - 6:33 PM

Justin Verlander continued his early-season dominance on Wednesday, scattering five hits and a walk over nine shutout innings against the Angels.

It's the eighth shutout of Verlander's career and first since the 2015 season. He racked up seven strikeouts on the night. The biggest jams that he was in on the evening came in the final two innings. In the eighth, the Angels put runners at second and third with one out before Verlander fanned Luis Valbuena and got Mike Trout to bounce back to the mound. Then with two outs in the ninth, Albert Pujols singled and Andrelton Simmons walked to put the tying runs on base, but the right-hander was able to battle back and get Zack Cozart to pop out on his 118th pitch of the night. Now 5-2 on the season, Verlander owns a jaw-dropping 1.05 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 84/14 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He and teammate Gerrit Cole look to be the early front-runners for the American League Cy Young Award.
May 17 - 12:27 AM

Justin Verlander was handed a tough-luck loss Friday after allowing one run over six innings against the Rangers.

Verlander and Cole Hamels matched zeroes through the first six innings. However, Verlander ran into immediate trouble in the seventh, giving up a leadoff double to Nomar Mazara before walking Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo to load the bases. Astros manager A.J. Hinch turned to Chris Devenski from there, who allowed an inherited run to score on a sacrifice fly. Things could have been worse for Verlander, but Devenski escaped the jam by striking out the next two batters he faced. While Verlander took the loss, he still has a major-league best 1.21 ERA over nine starts.
May 12 - 12:15 AM

Justin Verlander allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings, striking out eight, in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Verlander gave up just three hits and walked three in taking his first loss of the year, and even in a losing effort he was easily good enough to win. He's now 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 70/11 K/BB ratio over eight starts. The 35-year-old will try to bounce back from this disastrous performance (we jest) when the in-state rival Rangers visit Saturday.
May 6 - 7:41 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 14 in eight scoreless innings Tuesday in a gem against the Yankees.

There was no win for Verlander, though, as the Astros never could score, even once Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery exited after one with a sore elbow. The 14 strikeouts matched Verlander's career high, which was established against the Diamondbacks in 2011 and matched a year later against the Yankees. He had struck out as many as a dozen just once since the beginning of 2014, that happening two years ago versus the Indians.
May 1 - 11:27 PM

Justin Verlander gave up four hits and two runs over seven stellar innings Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

He notched nine strikeouts over his 97 pitches. Verlander had a perfect game going until Zack Cozart broke it up with a two-out single in the fifth inning. He cruised through his first six innings but seemed to run out of gas in the seventh, allowing a solo home run to Albert Pujols and an RBI double to Cozart later in the frame. Including the postseason, Verlander is now 13-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) since joining Houston late last season. Wednesday was the first time the right-hander threw to a catcher other than Brian McCann, who caught all of Verlander’s previous starts with Houston.
Apr 25 - 6:02 PM

Justin Verlander shut down the White Sox for six innings to earn a win on Friday.

He struck out five and allowed just two hits and three walks while making it look like a walk in the park against a weak White Sox lineup. Verlander has been unbeatable this year, rocking a 3-0 record, 1.10 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through five starts. He has 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 32 2/3 innings.
Apr 21 - 1:05 AM

Justin Verlander was outstanding in a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday, allowing one run on just one hit over eight strong innings.

Verlander racked up 11 strikeouts on the night while walking one. The only hit that he allowed was a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos in the third inning that just snuck around the foul pole. As good as he was though, Bartolo Colon was bidding for a perfect game on the other side of the diamond, and each hurler wound up with no-decisions. Verlander will carry a 1.35 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 34/5 K/BB ratio into Friday's start against the White Sox in Chicago.
Apr 15 - 11:16 PM

Justin Verlander struck out nine batters over seven shutout innings Monday as the Astros blanked the Twins 2-0.

Verlander was again brilliant, holding a dynamic Twins lineup to four hits and a walk. The veteran right-hander is now 2-0 on the season with a 1.45 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 frames. He is 7-0 in right regular-season starts since joining the Astros last September. Up next is a favorable matchup at home against the Rangers.
Apr 9 - 11:57 PM

Depth Charts

C1Brian McCann
2Max Stassi
1B1Yuli Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Marwin Gonzalez
2Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Marisnick
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Dallas Keuchel
3Gerrit Cole
4Lance McCullers
5Charlie Morton
6Brady Rodgers
7Dean Deetz
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Ken Giles
3Chris Devenski
4Joe Smith
5Brad Peacock
6Will Harris
7Tony Sipp
8Collin McHugh
9James Hoyt
10Jandel Gustave
11Reymin Guduan