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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 flirted with a no-hitter, but settled for a one-hit shutout of the Angels on Wednesday.
Verlander lost his no-hit bid with no outs in the ninth inning when Chris Iannetta hit a double that hit the chalk down the left field line. The right-hander struck out Kaleb Cowart, got David DeJesus to pop out, and Kole Calhoun to fly out to end the game. He struck out nine and walked two in the effort. It seems Verlander is back on track, as he has allowed only four runs (one earned) in his last four starts spanning 29 innings. Overall this season, he has a 3.45 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a 71/20 K/BB ratio over 86 innings. Verlander will take on the Blue Jays in Toronto next. Aug 26 - 10:11 PM

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Justin Verlander delivered another strong start in Friday's loss to the Rangers, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over seven strong innings.

Verlander racked up eight strikeouts on the night while issuing only one free pass. After struggling to find his form initially in his return from a lengthy stay on the disabled list, Verlander has been terrific as of late. Over his last six starts, he owns a 1.67 ERA and 39/6 K/BB ratio over 43 innings. He'll look to extend that recent dominance when he does battle against the Angels on Wednesday.
Aug 21 - 10:28 PM

Justin Verlander hurled seven shutout innings Saturday in the Tigers' defeat of the Astros.

Verlander was left with a no-decision because the Tigers didn't win the game until the 11th inning. The veteran right-hander looked sharp, allowing only three hits and two walks over his seven scoreless frames while striking out seven Houston hitters. Verlander, 32, now owns a 4.11 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 54/17 K/BB ratio in 70 total frames this season for Detroit. There have been flashes of good and flashes of bad.
Aug 15 - 10:56 PM

Justin Verlander allowed only two unearned runs in six innings, but was sacked with a loss on Sunday against the Red Sox.

Both runs came around in the second inning, helped by an Ian Kinsler fielding error. Verlander walked two in the frame and allowed two infield singles. Overall, he gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out seven. The veteran has been very inconsistent in 10 starts since his season debut on June 10, carrying a 4.57 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and a 47/15 K/BB ratio over 63 innings. Verlander will be in Houston opposing the Astros in his next start.
Aug 9 - 4:41 PM

Justin Verlander lost on Tuesday facing the Royals, allowing five runs in seven innings.

The Royals scored at least one run in four of his seven frames, as the right-hander was under constant duress. Verlander allowed 10 hits and only struck out five, though he issued zero walks. One of his mistake pitches resulted in a two-run home run to Salvador Perez in the fourth inning. Verlander will head into a home start versus the Red Sox with a 5.05 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 40/12 K/BB ratio over 57 innings.
Aug 4 - 10:07 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Tyler Collins
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Buck Farmer
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
7Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Bruce Rondon
2Alex Wilson
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Drew VerHagen
8Joe Nathan
9Guido Knudson
10Jose Valdez