Justin Verlander
SP DET
11 hours ago

Verlander (4-3) struggled in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday. He went 5.2 innings and gave up six runs (all earned) on nine hits and three walks. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

Walks and home runs plagued Verlander, as he allowed three of each to a strong Houston lineup. The veteran is not matching last season's stats so far, as he has a 4.87 ERA and 1.41 WHIP though his first 10 starts (3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP in 2016). He'll look to turn it around on Tuesday against Kansas City, which projects as a much easier matchup.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
2 weeks ago

Verlander (3-3) allowed four runs (all earned) over six innings and took the loss in Sunday's game against the Angels. He gave up five hits and five walks, and struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander struggled with his control and walked at least five batters in a game for the second time this season. The veteran's BB/9 is up to 4.66, which would be a career worst and is more than double his rate from 2016. The strikeouts are still there, and Verlander's average fastball is actually up a tick from 93.5 MPH in 2016 to 94.8 MPH this season. That suggests that if he can limit the walks moving forward, Verlander could approach his 3.04 ERA, 254 strikeouts and 16 wins from a season ago. He lines up to face the Rangers at home Saturday in his next start.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
2 weeks ago

Verlander (3-2) gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

He ran into only one bad stretch, as Arizona scored three times in the third inning, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for the Detroit ace. Verlander will look to continue chipping away at his 4.25 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in his next start Sunday on the road against the Angels.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
3 weeks ago

Verlander (2-2) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks across seven innings during Tuesday's win over the Indians. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander loaded the bases and yielded a run on a wild pitch in the first, but he settled down and cruised through six more frames, allowing one more run in the sixth. He threw 118 pitches and induced 14 flyouts, which is a bit extreme, but he was able to keep them all in the yard. Verlander has now delivered back-to-back quality starts after two ugly outings in mid-April and will look to improve on his 4.21 ERA in Sunday's start against the Athletics.

Justin Verlander
SP DET
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.