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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Houston Astros
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 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. Oct 14 - 7:13 PM

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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.
Oct 9 - 5:46 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.
Oct 5 - 7:53 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.
Oct 3 - 12:18 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.
Sep 27 - 5:35 PM

Justin Verlander gave up just one hit over seven scoreless frames in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Angels.

Verlander and Garrett Richards matched each other through six innings, but the Astros pulled away in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel took Yusmeiro Petit deep. Verlander struck out six and walked a pair in the victory. He's now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 32/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings through four starts with his new team.
Sep 23 - 2:12 AM

Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Astros' 7-1 win over the Mariners.

Verlander gave up a solo homer to Ben Gamel in the top of the third inning but was otherwise dominant, yielding only two other hits and one walk while fanning nearly half of the 23 batters he faced. Verlander is now 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three starts since joining the Astros, who clinched the American League West crown with Sunday's victory. The veteran right-hander will try to keep it all working in his next start at home against the Angels.
Sep 17 - 5:05 PM

Justin Verlander allowed just one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts across eight inning in a win Tuesday on the road against the Angels.

Verlander and closer Ken Giles allowed a total of just two hits, both to Angels leadoff hitter Brandon Phillips. The veteran right-hander looks rejuvenated since jumping back into the pennant race with Houston, going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA through his first two starts since the August 31 trade away from Detroit. Verlander has yielded just seven hits and two walks while striking out 16 batters across 14 innings in an Astros uniform. He'll look to keep it going on Sunday against the Mariners.
Sep 13 - 1:52 AM

Justin Verlander allowed just one earned run, six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts across six innings in a victory in Seattle on Tuesday.

Verlander was sharp in his team debut, throwing 73 of his 103 pitches for strikes in the quality start. He'll look to keep it rolling on the road when he faces the Angels next Tuesday in his second outing with the team. He lost his first start against the Angels on May 14, allowing four runs and five hits with five walks over six innings in a road loss.
Sep 6 - 2:55 AM

Justin Verlander will make his first start with the Astros on Tuesday in Seattle.

With the Astros playing doubleheaders on the next two Saturdays, it's unlikely we'll see any of their starters dropped from the rotation just yet. The last time Verlander faced the Mariners, he struck out 11 and was perfect through five innings before giving up three runs in the sixth.
Sep 1 - 2:23 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Justin Verlander will receive a full no-trade clause with the Astros and the club has agreed to void his vesting option for 2020.

The Astros had to agree to the terms in order to get Verlander to accept a trade to Houston. The 34-year-old lost his 10/5 rights in order to waive his no-trade clause, but now he has full no-trade protection again. The Tigers are paying $8 million per season of the $28 million Verlander is owed each of the next two years. Verlander, who will be a free agent after the 2019 campaign, will make his Astros debut on Tuesday in Seattle.
Sep 1 - 12:05 PM

Astros acquired RHP Justin Verlander from the Tigers for RHP Franklin Perez, OF Daz Cameron and C Jake Rogers.

The Astros get their potential playoff stud, but it comes at a very heavy price, as they surrendered three of their top 10 prospects and took on $28 million salaries in 2018 and 2019 (though the Tigers are reportedly covering at least $10 million total). Houston doesn't need Verlander to get to the postseason, so this is all about what he can do in October. He's been an elite starter just once in the last five years (in 2016), though he's still well above average now and forever capable of working deep into games. His arrival will likely bounce Mike Fiers from Houston's rotation.
Sep 1 - 1:03 AM

Justin Verlander has been traded to the Astros, according to the Free Press's Anthony Fenech and others.

The deal, which was apparently on and then off an hour before the postseason roster deadline, is for top prospects RHP Franklin Perez and outfielder Daz Cameron, as well as catcher Jake Rogers.
Sep 1 - 12:22 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Tigers are in "active discussions" on Justin Verlander trade possibilities.

Verlander has breathed new life into his trade stock over the last several weeks, boasting a 2.25 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 76 innings (11 starts) since July 8. He reported feeling some fatigue in his trapezius muscle after Wednesday's win over the Rockies, but it doesn't sound like a serious thing. The 34-year-old right-hander is owed around $60 million on a contract that runs through 2019.
Aug 31 - 2:44 PM

Justin Verlander said after Wednesday's win over the Rockies that he felt minor fatigue in his trapezius muscle.

Verlander dominated over six innings of work, but a little fatigue -- he said after the game that he believes that it came from hitting -- prevented him from lasting deeper into the contest. He threw 98 pitches before exiting stage left. Speaking with reporters postgame, he indicated that he has no concerns about the fatigue. As of now, Verlander is not in line to miss his next turn through the rotation. He will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Aug 30 - 7:12 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Juan Centeno
4Max Stassi
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
2Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
3J.D. Davis
LF1Derek Fisher
2Cameron Maybin
3Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Justin Verlander
3Lance McCullers
4Collin McHugh
5Charlie Morton
6Brad Peacock
7Brady Rodgers
8David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Chris Devenski
4Will Harris
5Tyler Clippard
6Tony Sipp
7Jandel Gustave
8Francisco Liriano
9Michael Feliz
10Francis Martes
11Joe Musgrove
12Reymin Guduan
13Mike Fiers