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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 had the strikeout working in earning a no-decision against the White Sox on Saturday, fanning nine while allowing two runs on five hits over six innings in his team's eventual 4-3 loss.
Verlander struck out nine against just one walk. Melky Cabrera nicked him for an RBI double in the first inning and Alexei Ramirez added a second RBI double in the sixth to account for all the scoring on the former All-Star's line. The 32-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2015 season with a 3.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 113/32 K/BB ratio in 20 starts covering 133 1/3 innings. Some prognosticators opened the season proclaiming Verlander's death and burial, but the actual results of the current campaign suggest he still has juice left in the tank if he can stay healthy. Oct 3 - 10:38 PM

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Justin Verlander held the Rangers to a lone run over six innings, earning the win on Monday.

Verlander yielded a solo home run to Prince Fielder in the fourth inning. On the evening, he gave up six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The right-hander has turned in a great year since making his season debut on June 13, boasting a 3.39 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP and a 104/31 K/BB ratio over 127 1/3 innings. Verlander's final start will come in Chicago against the White Sox.
Sep 28 - 11:47 PM

Justin Verlander kept rolling along Wednesday, striking out eight while holding the White Sox to three runs over seven frames in a 7-4 victory.

Verlander wasn’t happy with home plate umpire Tom Woodring’s strike zone, as it was just the third time in 17 starts this season that he issued at least three walks. He limited the damage for the most part, however, due in part to allowing just five hits. Verlander now boasts a 2.10 ERA over his last nine outings. He’ll try to keep it going next week in Texas.
Sep 23 - 4:20 PM

Justin Verlander wound up with a tough luck no-decision on Friday after surrendering two runs on five hits over 8 2/3 innings against the Royals.

Verlander entered the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead and recorded a pair of outs before Eric Hosmer singled. That's when Brad Ausmus called upon Alex Wilson to get the final out, where upon he served up a two-run homer to Salvador Perez. Verlander has quietly had a very impressive second half and now boasts a 3.46 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the White Sox on Wednesday.
Sep 18 - 11:55 PM

Justin Verlander lost the first game of Sunday's double-header with the Indians, serving up four runs in six innings of work.

Verlander had four shutout innings but faltered in the fifth when the Indians rallied for three runs. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five on the afternoon. It was altogether not a terrible outing, and his results over his last seven starts (1.85 ERA) are still quite good. On the season, Verlander has a 3.58 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a 84/25 K/BB ratio over 105 2/3 innings. He'll face the Royals at home in his next start.
Sep 13 - 4:36 PM

Justin Verlander lost to the Indians on Sunday, allowing three runs in seven innings.

Verlander was trading zeroes with opposing starter Cody Anderson, but relented three runs in the sixth inning. The Tigers couldn't muster any run support for the veteran. He gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out four. After missing the first two and a half months, Verlander appears to be close to his normal form, sitting with a 3.43 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP and a 79/23 K/BB ratio over 99 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Indians once more in Cleveland in his next outing.
Sep 6 - 4:08 PM

Justin Verlander allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.

Errors in two separate innings contributed to two of the Royals' runs against the right-hander, and he also served up a solo homer to Kendrys Morales in the outing. In total, Verlander gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out four. It wasn't quite a one-hit complete game, but they're both wins in the scorebook. Verlander will take a 3-6 record, 3.40 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Sunday's game against the Indians.
Sep 2 - 12:11 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Jefry Marte
LF1Tyler Collins
2Steven Moya
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
6Kyle Lobstein
7Randy Wolf
Relief Pitcher
R1Bruce Rondon
2Alex Wilson
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Drew VerHagen
8Kyle Ryan
9Jeff Ferrell
10Jose Valdez
11Ian Krol
12Buck Farmer
13Joe Nathan