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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
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Justin Verlander allowed just an unearned run over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Mariners.
Verlander struck out eight in bouncing back from consecutive rough starts against the Indians and Twins. He still hasn't won since Opening Day. Apr 27 - 5:50 PM

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Justin Verlander could not find the strike zone in Friday's loss to the Twins, issuing six walks in his five-plus innings of work.

Verlander carried a shutout into the sixth inning when the wheels completely fell off. He walked the first three hitters in the inning then gave up a two-run single to Robbie Grossman before departing. He was charged with four runs on three hits in his five-plus innings while striking out four. After two disastrous outings, Verlander will look to correct an abysmal 6.04 ERA on Thursday against the Mariners.
Apr 21 - 11:15 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't dismiss the possibility that Justin Verlander was tipping his pitches Saturday.

Verlander gave up a career-high nine runs -- including three homers -- over four innings on Saturday. Ausmus joined Verlander in a video session Sunday morning to look for some answers. "Hitters are always trying to find an edge on pitchers, and looking for pitchers tipping is standard operating procedure," Ausmus said. "I can't tell you whether it is [an issue] or isn't. Only the Indians could tell you that, and they probably won't." Indians manager Terry Francona downplayed any talk about tipping pitches, merely saying that Verlander "left some pitches up."
Apr 17 - 9:09 AM

Justin Verlander just didn't have it Saturday, allowing nine runs -- including three homers -- over four innings in a loss to the Indians.

Verlander was at least consistent, allowing home runs in each of his first three innings of work. For contrast, he'd allowed just two runs and zero homers through his first two starts of the year. Although it can't be stricken from the record -- Verlander's ERA went from 1.35 to 5.71 with the disastrous outing -- it should be scrubbed from the memory of fantasy owners. A date with the Twins on Friday should be a fine bounce-back opportunity for the 34-year-old.
Apr 15 - 11:54 PM

Justin Verlander permitted just one unearned run over seven frames in Monday's 2-1 victory over the Red Sox.

The Red Sox plated a run in the second inning on a Brock Holt double play ball that had been preceded by a Nick Castellanos error. Verlander cruised otherwise, yielding just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Unfortunately, he took a no-decision as it took the Tigers until the eighth inning to grab the lead. Verlander has been excellent in each of his first two outings and will look to keep it going on Saturday in Cleveland.
Apr 10 - 5:46 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters over 6 1/3 innings in the Tigers' 6-3 Opening Day victory over the White Sox on Tuesday in Chicago.

It was the 38th career double-digit strikeout game for Verlander and the first double-digit strikeout game by a Tigers starter on Opening Day since Mickey Lolich in 1970. Verlander gave up an RBI double to Melky Cabrera in the bottom of the first and Jose Abreu plated a run on a groundout in the bottom of the fourth, but the veteran ace was mostly excellent in the afternoon outing at the newly-named Guaranteed Rate Field. Verlander will get the Red Sox at home next.
Apr 4 - 6:09 PM

Monday's game between the Tigers and White Sox has been postponed due to rain.

It will be made up Tuesday afternoon. Scheduled starters Justin Verlander and Jose Quintana will simply be pushed back a day.
Apr 3 - 6:01 PM

Justin Verlander gave up four runs in three innings Wednesday in a loss to a Phillies split-squad.

Verlander said afterwards that he was happy with the way he threw, but that he missed with a couple of sliders. A three-run homer off the bat of Daniel Nava did most of the damage. Verlander still had a nice spring on the whole, finishing with a 3.16 ERA. He'll face the White Sox on Monday.
Mar 29 - 5:22 PM

Justin Verlander slung five scoreless innings while fanning four batters in a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

He allowed four hits and no walks. None of the Marlins' regular starters were in the lineup today but Verlander was masterful regardless. The Tigers' ace is having an excellent spring, now strutting a cool 2.16 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. The former MVP had a resurgent season in 2016, finishing with a 16-9 record and 3.04 ERA in 34 starts. He turned in the second-best strikeout total of his stellar career, fanning 254 hitters in 227 2/3 innings.
Mar 18 - 5:29 PM

Justin Verlander allowed just a bunt single over 4 2/3 scoreless innings Monday against the Nationals.

Verlander made it look easy against a lineup that included seven regulars and a couple of quality backups. He struck out four and walked one before reaching his pitch count and exiting. He hadn't thrown more than three innings in any of his previous three starts.
Mar 13 - 5:13 PM

Justin Verlander allowed one run and four hits over three innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

Verlander gave up two homers and three runs last time out. He still wasn't all that sharp today -- he also had a pair of walks to go along with the four singles surrendered -- but at this point, there's no reason for concern.
Mar 7 - 5:31 PM

Justin Verlander gave up three runs and two homers in his two innings versus the Pirates on Thursday.

Verlander walked two and struck out none. He blamed some sloppy mechanics after his outing, but didn't seem to think it was anything to be concerned about. He pitched two scoreless innings Saturday in his spring debut.
Mar 2 - 4:27 PM

Justin Verlander gave up a hit and a walk but did not allow a run in his two innings versus the Astros on Saturday.

He struck out a pair in his first start of the spring. After a down season in 2015, he bounced back last year with a 3.04 ERA and 16-9 record. His 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings was the second-best mark of his career. He doesn't throw as hard as he used to but he remains one of the best pitchers in the American League.
Feb 25 - 5:16 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "asked" about Justin Verlander this offseason but ultimately thought his price tag was too high.

Verlander owns a home in Beverly Hills with fiancée Kate Upton and it sounds like he would have been willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers are trying to get under the luxury tax and weren't willing to pay Verlander's $28 million salary. Though a deal for Verlander was never close, the two sides could resume talks at a later date. Verlander enjoyed a resurgent 2016 campaign, finishing second in AL Cy Young voting behind former teammate Rick Porcello.
Feb 23 - 6:49 PM

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Andrew Romine
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Mikie Mahtook
4Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Kyle Ryan
6Anibal Sanchez
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Joe Jimenez