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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Detroit Tigers
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 slung five scoreless innings while fanning four batters in a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
He allowed four hits and no walks. None of the Marlins' regular starters were in the lineup today but Verlander was masterful regardless. The Tigers' ace is having an excellent spring, now strutting a cool 2.16 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. The former MVP had a resurgent season in 2016, finishing with a 16-9 record and 3.04 ERA in 34 starts. He turned in the second-best strikeout total of his stellar career, fanning 254 hitters in 227 2/3 innings. Mar 18 - 5:29 PM

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Justin Verlander allowed just a bunt single over 4 2/3 scoreless innings Monday against the Nationals.

Verlander made it look easy against a lineup that included seven regulars and a couple of quality backups. He struck out four and walked one before reaching his pitch count and exiting. He hadn't thrown more than three innings in any of his previous three starts.
Mar 13 - 5:13 PM

Justin Verlander allowed one run and four hits over three innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

Verlander gave up two homers and three runs last time out. He still wasn't all that sharp today -- he also had a pair of walks to go along with the four singles surrendered -- but at this point, there's no reason for concern.
Mar 7 - 5:31 PM

Justin Verlander gave up three runs and two homers in his two innings versus the Pirates on Thursday.

Verlander walked two and struck out none. He blamed some sloppy mechanics after his outing, but didn't seem to think it was anything to be concerned about. He pitched two scoreless innings Saturday in his spring debut.
Mar 2 - 4:27 PM

Justin Verlander gave up a hit and a walk but did not allow a run in his two innings versus the Astros on Saturday.

He struck out a pair in his first start of the spring. After a down season in 2015, he bounced back last year with a 3.04 ERA and 16-9 record. His 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings was the second-best mark of his career. He doesn't throw as hard as he used to but he remains one of the best pitchers in the American League.
Feb 25 - 5:16 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "asked" about Justin Verlander this offseason but ultimately thought his price tag was too high.

Verlander owns a home in Beverly Hills with fiancée Kate Upton and it sounds like he would have been willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers are trying to get under the luxury tax and weren't willing to pay Verlander's $28 million salary. Though a deal for Verlander was never close, the two sides could resume talks at a later date. Verlander enjoyed a resurgent 2016 campaign, finishing second in AL Cy Young voting behind former teammate Rick Porcello.
Feb 23 - 6:49 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced at TigerFest on Saturday that Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day.

It comes as no surprise that the club's ace will start on Opening Day against the White Sox, but now it's official. The runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting, Verlander compiled a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings in 2016. He has been a popular commodity in early fantasy drafts, going inside the top ten starting pitchers.
Jan 21 - 12:23 PM

Justin Verlander pitched another gem in his final start of the season on Sunday, but still wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing one run on six hits over seven innings.

Verlander punched out eight on the day while issuing only one free pass. He allowed a sacrifice fly to Freddie Freeman in the first inning, and that was the extent of the damage in the ballgame as the Tigers' offense was held in check by Julio Teheran and company. Verlander finishes a tremendous 2016 season 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings. He'll certainly garner strong consideration for the American League Cy Young award.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:16:00 PM

Justin Verlander faced little resistance from the Indians on Tuesday, punching out a season-high 12 batters over 7 2/3 shutout frames in a 12-0 victory.

The Indians sent out their "hangover" lineup a day after clinching the American League Central, but Verlander and the Wild Card-hunting Tigers aren't going to complain. The righty yielded just four singles and one walk on the day, as the Tribe reached second base just once all night. Of course, Verlander could have easily done this against any lineup with the way he's been pitching. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings in September and easily leads the American League with his 246 strikeouts. Assuming the Tigers still need a start from him, Verlander will get the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 10:51:00 PM

Justin Verlander had the strikeout working in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Twins, fanning 11 while allowing two runs over six innings.

With the 11 strikeouts under his belt, Verlander has struck out double-digit batters in seven starts this season. The only real blemishes on his line came in the form of a pair of solo home runs (Juan Centeno, Byron Buxton). This has been a persistent issue for the veteran hurler, as he has now coughed up 30 long balls for the season. On the whole, though, Verlander has put forth a fine campaign. He will carry a 3.21 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 234/55 K/BB ratio (213 innings) into a home start against the Indians next time he toes the rubber.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:23:00 PM

Justin Verlander tossed seven scoreless innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Indians.

Verlander gave up a lone single and walked four over his seven innings, striking out seven. Unfortunately for the right-hander, a plethora of Indians relievers combined to hold his team scoreless as well, denying him his 15th win of the year. Verlander remains 14-8 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 223/53 K/BB ratio in 31 starts, and in a league where people are debating the merits of a reliever as a Cy Young candidate, the 33-year-old should be in the discussion as well. Verlander will next square off with the Royals on Friday.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Justin Verlander was not long for Sunday's loss to the Orioles, surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Verlander was twice burned by the home run, with long balls accounting for all three runs on his line. Michael Bourn socked a two-run homer off the veteran right-hander in the third and Jonathan Schoop connected for a solo shot in the fourth. By the end of his five innings of work, Verlander had already thrown 104 pitches. Despite his issues on Sunday, this has been an impressive campaign on the whole. For the season, he has pitched to a 3.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 216/49 K/BB ratio across an even 200 innings. Up next on the docket, a road showdown with the Indians.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Justin Verlander recorded 11 strikeouts while holding the White Sox to two runs over seven frames but took a no-decision in a 5-3 extra-innings win.

Verlander served up a home run to his former catcher, Alex Avila, for the second time in as many starts. This last one tied the game in the seventh inning, costing the right-hander a shot at his 15th victory. The 11 punchouts tied a season high for Verlander, who has now topped 200 strikeouts for the first time since 2013. He's also recorded a quality start in all 11 of his second-half outings. Verlander gets the Orioles at home this weekend.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:38:00 PM

Justin Verlander held the White Sox to two earned runs over seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

Detroit won the game 3-2 on a walkoff RBI sac fly from Tyler Collins in the bottom of the ninth inning. Verlander yielded just three hits (two homers) and walked none while striking out nine. The veteran right-hander has an impressive 3.30 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 198/46 K/BB ratio through 188 innings this season and he'll get this same White Sox club next week.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Justin Verlander earned his 14th victory of the season on Friday, allowing just two runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Angels.

Verlander punched out eight on the night while issuing one free pass. Albert Pujols tagged him for a solo homer in the first inning, then he was able to settle in nicely and keep the Angels off the board until Kole Calhoun's RBI double in the eighth. He has been fantastic since his rocky start to the season and now sports a stellar 3.33 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 189/46 K/BB ratio over 181 innings. He'll take on the White Sox his next time out at home on Wednesday.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 10:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
4Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Mike Pelfrey
7Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Mark Lowe
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Kyle Ryan
10Edward Mujica
11Logan Kensing