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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
Contract: view contract details
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Justin Verlander allowed two earned runs over six innings as the Astros fell to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Verlander was absolutely cruising until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Austin Barnes slapped a leadoff single to left field, Chase Utley drew a hit-by-pitch on a wayward slider, and Chris Taylor punched a game-tying RBI double to right. The next batter, Corey Seager, put the Dodgers ahead for good with a sacrifice fly that fell just short of a home run. It was the first loss for Verlander since he joined the Astros in an August 31 trade with Detroit. Oct 31 - 11:48 PM

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Justin Verlander allowed just two hits, but gave up three runs in six innings of work in the Astros extra-inning victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series.

Verlander also struck out five and walked two. While he only allowed the two hits, both of them were homers to left-handed hitters. The first a game-tying homer to Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run blast by Corey Seager in the sixth that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Outside of those two hits, Verlander continued to look like the ace the Astros traded for this August. He'll likely start Game 6, but could go on short-rest in game 5, if necessary.
Oct 26 - 12:45 AM

Justin Verlander on Saturday was named the American League Championship Series MVP.

Verlander didn't have a hand in the decisive Game 7, but that's because he was recovering from tossing seven scoreless innings the night before. That outing, coupled with the single-most dominant performance from a starting pitcher this postseason in a Game 2 complete-game victory, earned him the recognition. Verlander allowed just one run in 16 innings in the ALCS, striking out 22, and he's got a 1.46 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in four starts overall this postseason. He'll start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers.
Oct 21 - 11:44 PM

Justin Verlander struck out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames to beat the Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

He was on top of his game and didn't give the Yankees any chance to do much damage all night. He scattered five hits -- all singles -- issued one walk and hit one batter. It was his second win in the series to go with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. The Astros gave up a ton of money and a load of prospect talent to get Verlander on September 1st but his performance in the playoffs has made it all worthwhile. He is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 24 2/3 post-season innings.
Oct 21 - 12:35 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
3J.D. Davis
LF1Derek Fisher
2Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Marwin Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Justin Verlander
3Lance McCullers
4Collin McHugh
5Charlie Morton
6Brad Peacock
7Brady Rodgers
8David Paulino
9Cionel Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Chris Devenski
3Joe Smith
4Will Harris
5Hector Rondon
6Tony Sipp
7Michael Feliz
8Francis Martes
9Joe Musgrove
10Reymin Guduan
11James Hoyt
12Jandel Gustave
13Anthony Gose
14Matt Ramsey