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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Verlander turned back the clock Wednesday, striking out 10 while spinning eight frames of one-run ball in a 2-1 victory over the Rays.
Asdrubal Cabrera got to Verlander with a solo shot in the fifth inning, but it was the only extra-base hit and just one of four baserunners he yielded all day. Verlander was really struggling initially after coming off the disabled list, but he's now allowed only one run over eight innings in each of his last two outings. It's the first time since July of 2012 that he's accomplished that feat. He'll try to keep it going next week against the Royals. Jul 29 - 3:12 PM

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Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run ball, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday night in Boston.

Verlander exhibited much better command in this outing, as he didn't issue a walk while striking out three. He seems to be alternating good and bad starts, with this gem coming on the heels of a disaster against the Orioles his last time out. Still looking for his first victory of the season, he'll carry a 5.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Jul 24 - 10:58 PM

Justin Verlander lost on Sunday versus the Orioles, surrendering seven runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Verlander allowed a solo home run to Adam Jones in the first inning, but the bulk of the damage was done in a six-run fourth inning. J.J. Hardy hit a two-run double and Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer, accounting for most of the damage. Verlander gave up eight hits overall while walking one and striking out four. In six starts, three have been good, and three have been poor, resulting in a 6.62 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 22/12 K/BB ratio in 34 innings. Verlander will try to redeem himself at Fenway Park against the Red Sox next.
Jul 19 - 4:48 PM

Justin Verlander should have picked up his first victory of the 2015 season on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Twins.

He departed with a five run lead, but a late implosion from the Tigers bullpen would cost him the victory. The former MVP and Cy Young Award winner punched out six on the night while walking just one, and exhibited mid-nineties velocity for most of the evening. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Brian Dozier before he departed in the eighth inning. He has shown some obvious rust coming back from a long layoff to start the season, but this start was certainly encouraging. He'll carry a 5.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 11:36 PM

Justin Verlander faltered late in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, ultimately allowing seven runs in five innings of work.

Verlander had limited the Jays to just one run over his first four innings, but the Jays used a walk, two singles, a double, and two home runs to score six runs in the fifth. Verlander, overall, gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out five on 94 pitches. The veteran right-hander's results haven't been that impressive in his first four starts of the season, carrying a 6.75 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP and a 12/10 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He'll try to turn things around in Minnesota against the Twins.
Jul 5 - 4:37 PM

Justin Verlander gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 14-inning loss against the Pirates.

Verlander had his previous start skipped due to mid-back stiffness. He wasn't terribly effective, but the Pirates didn't capitalize nearly often enough. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out only three. Control usually isn't an issue with Verlander, so one has to wonder if his back was a contributing factor on Tuesday. He'll have to work through a tough Blue Jays lineup at home in his next start.
Jul 1 - 1:07 AM

Justin Verlander (back) has been cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation on Tuesday versus the Pirates.

Verlander missed his last start with mid-back stiffness, but he's progressed well since then and will avoid the disabled list. The veteran right-hander has allowed eight runs over 11 2/3 innings in his two starts this season.
Jun 28 - 10:22 AM

Justin Verlander (back) is shooting to rejoin the Tigers' rotation on Tuesday.

Verlander had his last turn skipped due to mid-back stiffness. There was some hope that he could pitch over the weekend, but the Tigers have decided not to push things. He's feeling better, though, and should be able to take the ball against the Pirates.
Jun 26 - 4:15 PM

Justin Verlander has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Indians due to mid-back stiffness.

The Tigers aren't overly concerned, as this looks like a precautionary move. The hope is that Verlander will be able to start at some point over the next five days. Buck Farmer has been recalled and will fill in for Verlander on Wednesday.
Jun 23 - 11:03 PM

Justin Verlander struggled in Friday's loss to the Yankees, allowing six runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Verlander struck out just two and walked one on the night. The bulk of the damage against him was done via the long ball, with Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius each taking him over the wall. While he has made it through his first two starts healthy, he boasts an unimpressive 6.17 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings. He'll look to get on track when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Jun 19 - 10:17 PM

Making his first start of the season on Saturday, Justin Verlander allowed two runs on three hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Indians.

The eyes of the baseball world were on Verlander, who missed the first two-plus months of the season with a triceps injury. He showed little rust, striking out two and walking two over his five innings and allowing just a solo homer to Carlos Santana in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis in the fifth. Verlander threw 87 pitches, 55 for strikes. Patience is a virtue for his owners here, as it's unreasonable to expect him to immediately start posting grand numbers. He'll continue the process of re-acclimating to major league hitting in a scheduled road start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 13 - 9:19 PM

Tigers activated RHP Justin Verlander from the 15-day disabled list.

Verlander will make his long-awaited season debut on Saturday against the Indians. He had been sidelined since late in spring training with a triceps issue, but looked good in his two minor league rehab starts at Triple-A Toledo. Fantasy owners may want to give him one start to see how he performs before throwing him out there.
Jun 13 - 9:12 AM

Justin Verlander (triceps) will make his 2015 debut this Saturday against the Indians.

Verlander struck out nine batters and allowed just one (unearned) run over 5 2/3 innings last weekend in his second rehab start, signaling to the Tigers that the veteran right-hander is finally ready. It's hard to know what to expect out of Verlander from a fantasy perspective, but he is at least worth rostering in standard mixed leagues. The 32-year-old had a 15-12 record, 4.54 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 159/65 K/BB ratio in 206 innings last season.
Jun 9 - 4:20 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) fanned nine hitters while allowing just one unearned run Saturday in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo.

He threw 93 pitches over 5 2/3 innings, topping out at 94 mph on his fastball. Verlander struggled in his first rehab start but he looked ready for the majors this time around. Expect the former AL MVP to make his season debut sometime next week.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jun 6 - 8:59 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) will make another rehab start at Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

Verlander was hoping to join the Tigers after just one rehab outing, but he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over just 2 2/3 innings last Sunday with Toledo. He needs to show some better results on Saturday. The veteran starter has been out all season with a right triceps strain.
Jun 2 - 4:15 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Buck Farmer
5Daniel Norris
6Shane Greene
7Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bruce Rondon
2Al Alburquerque
3Blaine Hardy
4Alex Wilson
5Ian Krol
6Neftali Feliz
7Buck Farmer
8Joe Nathan