Justin Verlander
SP HOU
3 days ago

Verlander will start Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is why Houston acquired Verlander at the end of August. With the Astros down 3-2 in a best-of-seven set, Verlander will get the ball as he looks to keep the team's World Series hopes alive. He tossed a complete game gem in Game 2 of the ALCS against New York, striking out 13 batters and allowing just one run on five hits and a walk to earn the win.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
2 weeks ago

Verlander was named the starter for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dallas Keuchel will take the mound for Game 1 as the two aces switch spots in the order for this series, following Verlander's relief appearance during Game 4 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Monday. The right-hander should be well-rested and ready to go, and will likely be in line for a Game 6 start Oct. 20, if the series lasts that long.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
3 weeks ago

Verlander will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander gets the ball in Game 1 and Dallas Keuchel will start in Game 2, as the former's excellent run since joining the Astros (1.06 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 43 strikeouts in 34 innings) was enough to give him the edge in the postseason rotation. Given Verlander's famed durability and ability to hold his stuff deep into starts, it's possible that he will be called upon in Game 4 if the Astros are up against the ropes.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
4 weeks ago

Verlander (15-8) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out 11 batters through six innings to take the win against Texas on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander has now won five consecutive games since joining Houston, and he's also done in it impressive fashion with just four runs allowed while striking out 43 batters through 34 innings. He'll take a high-end 3.36 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 into the postseason, as the 34-year-old veteran pursues a championship to add to his already lengthy list of accolades.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
1 month ago

Verlander indicated his changeup last Friday was the best its been in his four starts with the Astros, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander hasn't thrown more than three changeups in a start since July 24 and has thrown it just four percent of time all season. Despite being dominant since joining Houston -- a 0.64 ERA in 28 innings as an Astro -- Verlander feels the need to add another weapon and has been working to incorporate a changeup with pitching coach Brent Strom. He said after Friday's start, when he threw three changeups, the pitch was "the best it's been" in his four starts for Houston. Given his success since joining the Astros, it's hard to imagine how much better Verlander could be with another weapon.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
1 month ago

Verlander (14-8) pitched seven scoreless innings with just a hit and two walks allowed while striking out six batters to take the win against the Angels on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty has now won all four of his starts as an Astro while allowing just two runs through 28 innings. It's an impressive stretch for Verlander, and he could prove to be the high-end arm that puts Houston over the top in the postseason. He's now sporting a 3.38 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 for the season, after all. Verlander lines up to make his final start of the regular season against Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
1 month ago

Verlander (13-8) beat the Mariners on Sunday, holding them to one run on three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in seven innings.

EDGE Analysis

Verlander's made quite an impression on his new club, going 3-0 in three starts while allowing only two runs and posting a 26:3 K:BB over 21 innings since being acquired from Detroit. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner clearly has plenty left in the tank at age 34 and is quickly putting himself back in the conversation with the game's elites. Expect another gem at home Saturday against the Angels.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
1 month ago

Verlander (12-8) held the Angels scoreless over eight innings Tuesday, allowing just a single hit, a walk and a hit batsman to take home a 1-0 win. He struck out nine.

EDGE Analysis

His first two starts as an Astro have been masterpieces, but Verlander's hot streak actually stretches back into early July -- over his last 13 starts, the veteran righty has put up a 100:22 K:BB alongside a 2.05 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. Verlander has won seven of his last eight decisions, and with a soft matchup coming up Sunday against a Seattle club that he's held to five earned runs over the course of four starts (26.1 innings) this season, there's no reason to expect him to slow down now.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
2 months ago

Verlander (11-8) allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings in Houston's 3-1 win over Seattle on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Mariners put up some long at-bats early against Verlander, running his pitch count to 103 before manager A.J. Hinch shook his hand after six innings. The newest Astro had to be sharp as Seattle's Ariel Miranda didn't allow a hit over six innings. With the score tied in the top of the seventh, Verlander's former and once-again current teammate, Cameron Maybin, launched a two-run homer, giving the starter his first win in an Astros uniform. It was reminiscent of an early-season game when Houston was the best team in the majors: a starter keeps the game close until the resilient offense picks him up in the later innings. Verlander and his fantasy owners will appreciate that type of support. With a day off and a doubleheader coming up necessitating some tweaks in the rotation, Verlander's next start is not expected until next Tuesday's series opener in Anaheim.

Justin Verlander
SP HOU
2 months ago

Verlander will make his debut for the Astros on Tuesday in Seattle, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was a late blockbuster prior to the August trade deadline, sending Verlander to Houston in exchange for three quality prospects (Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron, Jake Rogers), with the Astros also receiving $16 million to help offset the money remaining on his contract. He retains a full no-trade clause as part of the deal, and the Astros agreed to waive his vesting option for the 2020 season, meaning Verlander will become a free agent after the 2019 season. Verlander's value shouldn't change much the rest of the way, as he should gain run support, but is also moving to a worse defensive club. He has a 2.41 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 67.1 innings since the All-Star break.