Justin Verlander
SP DET
20 hours ago

Verlander credited a mechanical adjustment for his boost in velocity during his seven-inning, eight-strikeout shutout effort Thursday against the Mariners, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. He's also ignoring his changeup.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander wouldn't go into specifics of what he recently changed, but he said he watched video of how he pitched during his pre-injury seasons, and it seemed to help Thursday. "Even last start ... I knew pretty much right as soon as I started throwing that my arm felt cleaner," he said. MLB's Statcast data website, Baseball Savant, said 55 of the lanky hurler's 118 pitches came out at 95 mph or harder. He touched 98.5 mph twice and averaged 95.6 mph on his fastball, which he threw 70 times. The veteran also has thrown only 17 changeups in 525 total pitches this year and avoided the pitch altogether Thursday. Thursday's outing marked a promising sign for the ace's immediate future. Fantasy owners may have missed their window to buy low after Verlander's brief struggles, but it's still worth a try.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
7 days ago

Verlander (1-2) gave up four runs on three hits and six walks over five innings in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Twins. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

He held Minnesota off the board for five innings before things completely unraveled in the sixth, as Verlander walked the first three batters he faced before giving up a two-run single to Robbie Grossman that chased him from the game. The 34-year-old has now given up 13 runs in his last two starts, bloating his ERA to 6.04 and his WHIP to 1.52, but his average fastball velocity remains strong at 94.4 mph and Verlander's track record suggests he'll right the ship and go on a dominant run eventually. His next start comes Thursday at home against the Mariners.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
2 weeks ago

Verlander (1-1) was rocked in a losing effort Saturday against the Indians. He went four innings, and gave up 11 hits and nine earned runs. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

After two good outings to start the season, Verlander had a stinker on Saturday. He's still one of the better starters in the American League, and he should get back on track Friday in Minnesota.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
3 weeks ago

Verlander (1-0) allowed one run (none earned) on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts across even innings en route to a no-decision Monday against the Red Sox. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander struggled to throw strikes at times and needed 112 pitches to make it through seven innings, but the only real trouble he faced came in the second inning when an error led to the bases loading, at which point a double-play resulted in the only run for the visitors. Chris Sale was equally dominant on the other end, costing Verlander any chance he had to earn his second win. Still, the early results have been excellent and he will look to keep it going Saturday against the Indians.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
3 weeks ago

Verlander is now scheduled to start Monday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Wednesday's postponement -- the second in three days for the Tigers and White Sox -- means Verlander will miss out on two starts during the opening week of the season. However, he now lines up for two during the second week, with a road matchup at Cleveland following the home matchup against Boston. Verlander allowed two runs over 6.1 innings in his 2017 debut, striking out 10 en route to the win.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
3 weeks ago

Verlander allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 6.1 innings while striking out 10 in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Monday's rainout didn't seem to phase the Tigers ace at all, as the 34-year-old fired 66 of 102 pitches for strikes and could easily have had his second run ruled unearned after JaCoby Jones misplayed a Melky Cabrera bloop hit into what was called a double. Verlander's next outing is still set for Sunday at home against Boston, so Monday's postponement won't cost him a two-start week to begin the season.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
4 weeks ago

Verlander will start Tuesday against the White Sox following Monday's rainout, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The game will begin at 2:10 PM Eastern time, with Verlander squaring off against Jose Quintana. Verlander posted a 3.16 ERA and 19:7 K:BB in 25.2 spring innings after finishing as the runner up in the AL Cy Young Award voting in 2016.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
4 weeks ago

Verlander is making his ninth Opening Day start for the Tigers Monday, but his career record in openers is just 1-1, Brendan Savage of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander's career Opening Day ERA is 4.73. Last year, he recorded a quality start by going six innings and allowing three earned runs to the Marlins, but Francisco Rodriguez blew the save. Regardless of how Verlander does on Monday, he should rack up plenty of wins and serve as an elite fantasy starter in 2017.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 month ago

Verlander pitched six innings in Thursday's spring training loss to the Braves, allowing just two hits and one earned run. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander looks locked in, as he now has his spring training ERA down to 1.99. Just two years ago, it seemed like maybe Verlander was hitting the downswing of his career, as he posted a 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. But the 34-year-old had a resurgence in 2016, posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, and striking out 254 in 227.2 innings. Verlander doesn't have the velocity he once did, but he's been able to adjust and he remains a top-tier fantasy starter heading into 2017.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
2 months ago

Verlander went three innings in Tuesday's spring training loss to the Phillies, allowing four hits and one earned run. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

After giving up three earned runs over two innings in his last start Thursday, this was a better outing for Verlander. The veteran has said he's more concerned with working on his pitches than the results, so fantasy owners shouldn't read too much into his spring training starts regardless of the outcome. He'll be ready to go for the regular season.