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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 held the mighty Red Sox offense to one run over six innings in Monday's 4-2 victory.
The Red Sox ran up his pitch count as they do with most opposing hurlers, as Verlander needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. The right-hander held the Red Sox in check, though, as he gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out five. Verlander has yielded just six runs over his last five starts since his blowout outing against the Indians. He'll face the Astros his next time out. Jul 25 - 11:53 PM

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Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Wednesday versus the Twins.

Francisco Rodriguez surrendered three runs (one earned) in the ninth inning to give the Twins the game. Verlander did his part, yielding just two hits and two walks while striking out nine. The one run he gave up came on a first-inning solo shot by Joe Mauer. Verlander will carry a cool 3.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Red Sox. He has a stellar 139/37 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 20 - 4:19 PM

Justin Verlander turned in an excellent outing to beat the Royals 4-2 on Friday, striking out 10 while allowing only two runs (one earned) in seven innings.

The dominant outing boosts his record to 9-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 124 1/3 innings. He has a 130/35 K/BB ratio. Despite no longer having elite velocity, his 9.41 K/9 is the second-best strikeout rate of his career. Verlander is not a perennial Cy Young contender anymore but he can still help his fantasy owners win.
Jul 15 - 11:37 PM

Justin Verlander allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Verlander gave up six hits with an uncharacteristic four walks as well. He left in line for his ninth win, but he didn't end up factoring in the decision. Verlander has had some ups and downs in the season's first half, and he'll carry an 8-6 record, 4.07 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 11:36 PM

Justin Verlander struck out eight while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Saturday.

Verlander yielded just four hits and a walk in what was, statistically, his best start in over a month. Verlander is now 8-6 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 115/29 K/BB ratio over 17 starts and has won four of his last five decisions. He's got one more start before the All-Star break, taking on the dangerous Blue Jays in Toronto on Thursday.
Jul 2 - 7:48 PM

Justin Verlander had nothing in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Indians, surrendering eight runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Verlander had been turning in a respectable season, but Sunday's start was a disaster. At least after the third inning. Verlander kept the scoreboard clean through the first three frames before collapsing to surrender a pair of runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth. The performance bumped his 3.78 ERA up to 4.30. In addition to that mark, he also holds a 1.13 WHIP and 107/28 K/BB ratio covering 104 2/3 innings. He will look to return to his previously dependable ways in a road showdown with the Rays next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 4:16 PM

Justin Verlander logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday, surrendering just two runs on six hits over seven frames.

The right-hander punched out five on the night while issuing only one free pass. The only damage against him came on a two-run blast off the bat of Kyle Seager in the sixth inning. Verlander has pitched fairly well this season, compiling a 7-5 record, 3.78 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 102/26 K/BB ratio across 100 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Sunday against the Indians.
Jun 21 - 10:27 PM

Justin Verlander allowed four runs over seven innings in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

The eight hits he gave up were the most in a start since May 3, but Verlander's offense supported him enough to get him his seventh win of the year. The right-hander did strike out seven while walking just one. Verlander has won three in a row and five of his last six, dropping his ERA to 3.87 in that time. The 33-year-old will look to keep the winning streak alive Tuesday against the Mariners.
Jun 17 - 12:51 AM

Justin Verlander was effective on Saturday, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one run baseball to defeat the Yankees 6-1 and improve his record to 6-5 on the season.

He struck out five, walked only one and gave up five hits. Verlander's 9.42 K/9 is his best since 2009. The six wins is one more than he had all of last year. He'll face the Royals on the road on Thursday.
Jun 11 - 11:31 PM

Justin Verlander pitched well in Sunday's win over the White Sox, striking out eight and allowing two runs over seven innings.

Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier mashed Verlander offerings for solo home runs in the first and sixth innings, but the 33-year-old right-hander otherwise kept the White Sox off the scoreboard. For the season, he holds a 3.97 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 85/23 K/BB ratio through 12 starts (79 1/3 innings). Up next on the docket, a road date with the Yankees.
Jun 5 - 5:03 PM

After taking a shutout into the eighth, Justin Verlander was charged with four runs in 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Angels.

Verlander was cruising until giving up three straight singles to start the eighth. A sac bunt and a miscue on a fielder's choice followed, and the Angels had two runs on the board when Verlander was pulled from the game. They went on to score three more times in the inning, with two of those runs being charged to Verlander. Verlander certainly pitched better than the line indicates. He had allowed just one hit and walked none until the eighth.
May 31 - 12:11 AM

Justin Verlander punched out 10 batters across eight shutout innings in Tuesday's victory over the Phillies.

The Phils were simply overmatched in this one. Verlander yielded only three hits -- two singles -- on the night while walking a pair. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus elected to pull him rather than let him go for the shutout, as Verlander was sitting at 108 pitches. Verlander has two 10-strikeout games in a row and has allowed just four runs over his last four starts. He'll try to keep it going the next time out against the Angels.
May 24 - 10:17 PM

Justin Verlander held the Twins to three runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday for his third win.

Verlander was cruising until the top of the seventh inning, when the Twins scored their first run of the game on a Danny Santana sacrifice fly. Minnesota then scored two more in the eighth on a two-run double by Brian Dozier. Verlander struck out 10, matching a season-high. He has a 3-4 record, 4.58 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 60/20 K/BB ratio in 57 innings this season. A home start versus the Phillies is next.
May 18 - 4:14 PM

Justin Verlander suffered a tough-luck loss Friday against the Orioles after giving up just one run over 7 1/3 innings.

His only mistake was a solo homer by Adam Jones in the sixth inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. He struck out eight and walked a pair. After posting a 6.49 ERA through his first seven starts, he has turned in back-to-back strong performances. He’ll try to keep it going next week in a favorable matchup against the Twins.
May 13 - 10:00 PM

Justin Verlander pitched like a younger man in Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Rangers, firing seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball to earn a no-decision.

Best start of the season for Verlander, who struck out nine and walked two. He threw 111 pitches (71 strikes) on the afternoon. Despite the strong performance, Verlander failed to pick up the win. He has the Tiger bullpen to blame for that. They surrendered seven runs in the eighth inning to turn a tight pitcher's duel into an 8-3 laugher. The veteran right-hander will carry a 5.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 42/15 K/BB ratio (41 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road tilt with the Orioles. It should be noted that the ERA is a bit deceiving. Verlander has five quality starts in seven outings. The two rotten outings saw him surrendering 14 combined runs.
May 8 - 4:47 PM

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C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Anibal Sanchez
8Dustin Molleken
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon