Justin Verlander
SP DET
3 days ago

Verlander (16-8) silenced the Indians for 7.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out 12 in Tuesday's victory.

EDGE Analysis

Some might contribute Verlander's success Tuesday to the hangover the Indians were feeling following their division-clinching victory Monday. Such an assumption may be fair for a run-of-the-mill pitcher, but Verlander has been one of the most dominant arms in the game for more than a decade, and 2016 has been no different. Verlander's career has been drenched in HOF-worthy accolades (including the 2006 AL ROY, 2011 AL Cy Young and 2011 AL MVP), yet he was able to add another feat to his towering list of accomplishments with his latest performance. Verlander's 12 punchouts against the Indians marked the eighth time this year he's whiffed 10-plus batters in a start, a new career high for the 33-year-old. He's scheduled to start the season finale Sunday in Atlanta.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 week ago

Verlander set down 11 hitters on strikes while allowing two runs on four hits over six innings in Thursday's doubleheader-sweeping win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander's 15th win of 2016 was actually his first in nearly a month, dating back to Aug. 26; the fault for that lies more with the Tigers' offense than with the 33-year-old fireballer. Indeed, despite having blown past his previous career high in homers allowed (24) with a whopping 30 this year, Verlander's had a great year by virtually every other metric. His strikeout rate has rebounded unbelievably from a disappointing past couple years -- in fact, his current 9.89 K/9 is the second-highest of his career. That's why even with all the long balls, he owns his best ERA (3.21) since 2012 and his best WHIP (1.01) since 2011.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
2 weeks ago

Verlander didn't factor into the decision against the Indians on Saturday despite pitching seven innings of one-hit ball. He walked four and struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

The ace right-hander had some trouble with his control but was otherwise dominant, inducing 16 swinging strikes overall. Verlander was only touched up for a sixth-inning single by Jason Kipnis and bounced back from a five-inning loss against the Orioles in his last trip to the mound. While a complete lack of run support denied him any chance of victory, Verlander now has quality starts in 11 of his last 12 starts. He'll look to secure his eighth season with at least 15 victories when he takes on the Royals next Friday.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
3 weeks ago

Verlander (14-8) lasted just five innings in Sunday's loss to the Orioles, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.

EDGE Analysis

He needed 104 pitches to get through the outing. It was the first time since July 7 that Verlander had failed to give the Tigers at least six innings and it's no coincidence that he was 6-1 during that 11-start stretch. He'll look to rebound in another tough matchup Friday in Cleveland.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
4 weeks ago

Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Monday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander tied a season high in strikeouts set July 30 against the Astros and reached 10 strikeouts for the sixth time this season. He has been on absolute fire in the second half, with a 2.09 ERA and 89 strikeouts against just 14 walks over 11 consecutive quality starts dating back to July 15. He's starting to look an awful lot like the old Verlander, as he was touching the high 90s on the radar gun deep into this one as he mowed down the White Sox lineup.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 month ago

Verlander allowed two runs on three hits, struck out nine and walked none over seven innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander made two mistakes that cost him the victory. Jose Abreu and former Tigers catcher Alex Avila both hit solo homers against Verlander. Fortunately, Detroit's offense rallied late, so Verlander avoided the loss. Home runs have been a problem lately, as he's yielded six of them in his last 27.2 frames, but he's also struck out 28 batters during that time. Verlander's next start will be against the same White Sox next Tuesday.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 month ago

Verlander delivered another strong outing Friday, allowing just four hits in 7.2 innings Friday in a victory over the Angels. He struck out eight and allowed just one walk.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander settled down after a wobbly first inning where he gave up an Albert Pujols home run and a two-out single to C.J. Cron to retire 20 of the next 21 hitters he faced. He allowed two earned runs in a team-leading 14th win of the season.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 month ago

Verlander (13-7) allowed one run on three hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers were up 8-0 by the end of the fifth inning, highlighted by a pair of Justin Upton homers, allowing Verlander to pick up a relatively stress-free win. It was his eighth straight quality start and ninth in 10 outings since the beginning of July, a stretch during which the veteran righty has a 1.97 ERA and 74:17 K:BB in 68.2 innings. There's still a lot of baseball left to play, but Verlander seems to have his sights set on another Cy Young award. He'll next take the mound Friday at home against the Angels.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 month ago

Verlander (12-7) pitched seven innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits, including three home runs, and one walk while striking out six Royals in Tuesday's loss.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander had a weird night; he sat down the first eight batters he faced before giving up a solo homer in the top of the third. He proceeded to get the next six outs in order, then allowed another solo shot in the fifth. The righty continued by getting five straight outs, and then -- yup, you guessed it -- gave up his third blast of the night. Through seven innings, Verlander never had to work from the stretch, as he didn't walk a batter and the only three hits he surrendered were over the fence. Overall, it was another impressive post All-Star break outing for the veteran, who is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 56 K's over 50 innings.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
2 months ago

Verlander was left with a no-decision Wednesday despite allowing the Mariners to score just once -- a solo homer -- in seven innings. He struck out six while giving up seven hits and two walks.

EDGE Analysis

In fact, the Tigers ended up in the loss column despite the flamethrower's eighth consecutive start of two or fewer runs. This run has turned the storyline of his season -- Verlander never had an ERA under 4.00 through the end of May, and as recently as June 26 was at 4.30. But now he's worn his mark down to 3.42, a number well in line with this season's peripherals, thanks in no small part to a blast-from-the-past 9.54 K/9.