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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
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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

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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

Justin Verlander was touched up for seven runs across five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

The Indians jumped on Verlander for three runs in the first inning, and Francisco Lindor provided an exclamation point in the fifth with a three-run homer. Verlander has posted quality starts in four of his six tries this season, but he's been lit up for seven runs in each of his other two outings, resulting in an ugly 6.49 ERA. He'll try to bounce back this weekend at home versus the Rangers.
May 3 - 9:44 PM

Justin Verlander tossed a quality start on Wednesday against the Athletics, surrendering three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Verlander wasn't overly sharp on Wednesday. He only threw 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes and narrowly avoided disaster in the third inning, striking out Chris Coghlan and popping up Josh Reddick to escape a one-out, bases-loaded situation. The right-hander also allowed his sixth homer of the year, which has become a legitimate problem. The strikeouts have returned, which is nice, but he's scuffled to a 5.46 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. He'll next take the mound against the Indians on the road.
Apr 28 - 12:02 AM

Justin Verlander punched out 10 Indians on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over his seven frames.

Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Santana leading off the ballgame and another to Marlon Byrd in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the contest. Aside from the two long balls though, Verlander looked to be in vintage form in this one, which is an encouraging sign moving forward. He'll carry a 5.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics.
Apr 22 - 10:04 PM

Justin Verlander managed to recover from a three-run first inning versus the Astros on Saturday, not allowing another run through six innings while striking out eight.

It appeared like it was going to be another long day at the office for Verlander. He surrendered a pair of homers in a three-run first inning; however, he only gave up four singles through the rest of his outing and ultimately nabbed his first win of the season. The right-hander now has 15 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 7.16. After a strong second half in 2015 and a quality spring, it's far too early to give up on the former Cy Young winner.
Apr 16 - 10:47 PM

Justin Verlander was charged with seven earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Pirates.

It was only the second time in Verlander's career that he threw 100-plus pitches without getting through the fifth inning. The other time was August 26, 2006 -- Verlander's rookie season. Pittsburgh pounded him Monday for 10 hits, including five doubles. The veteran right-hander will try to get back on track next time out in Houston. He had a pretty good debut last Tuesday in Miami.
Apr 11 - 4:29 PM

Sunday night's game between the Yankees and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.

It will be made up on July 28. Scheduled starters Justin Verlander and Masahiro Tanaka will now take the ball on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
Apr 10 - 3:48 PM

Justin Verlander settled for a no-decision Tuesday, yielding three runs over six frames in an 8-7 extra-innings win over the Marlins.

Verlander entered the sixth inning with a no-hitter intact, but he finished it having allowed three runs, punctuated by a two-run shot by Giancarlo Stanton. He then saw his win go away when Francisco Rodriguez blew a three-run lead in the ninth. While a disappointing ending, it was overall a nice showing from the veteran righty. He'll go up against Pirates in his next trip to the hill.
Apr 5 - 11:51 PM

Justin Verlander yielded three runs in five innings Sunday as a Tigers split-squad edged the Nationals 7-6.

Well, Verlander still hasn't allowed a run this spring that hasn't come on a Bryce Harper homer. He pitched nine scoreless innings prior to today, and all three runs off him in this one came on first- and fifth-inning homers from Harper. His stock is up since the beginning of the month.
Mar 20 - 4:59 PM

Justin Verlander excelled against the Braves on Tuesday, allowing one hit over scoreless innings in the Tigers' 10-6 victory.

Verlander struck out five and walked none. With the way he's throwing, it looks like his strong finish in 2015 is going to carry over to this year.
Mar 15 - 4:31 PM

Justin Verlander pitched three scoreless innings as the Tigers beat the Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday.

Verlander allowed one hit, walked two and struck out one. He's looking strong after a healthy finish in 2015 and offseason, so he projects as a top-30 fantasy starter this year.
Mar 9 - 4:31 PM

Justin Verlander opened his spring with a pair of scoreless innings Friday against the Yankees.

It appeared that Verlander might have intentionally hit Cesar Puello with a pitch in the game, though that would have been an odd target for retaliation. The Tigers had reason to take issue; it was Luis Severino who hit Cameron Maybin and knocked him out for 4-6 weeks a couple of days ago and Bryan Mitchell hit Ian Kinsler to begin today's game. Verlander had a great spring before his hugely disappointing 2014 season and a mediocre spring before his modest rebound last year. Of course, one probably shouldn't read much into such things.
Mar 4 - 5:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Steven Moya
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Drew VerHagen
6Kyle Ryan
7Warwick Saupold