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35 Justin Verlander SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 2/20/1983 | Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Old Dominion | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/86 | Average Draft Position: 9.45
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Justin Verlander surrenders three runs in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander picked up a win Monday after giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Verlander (9-8) gave up a pair of runs in the fourth inning and then served up a solo home run in the sixth, but he was able to hang on for his first quality start in his last three games. He owns a 4.84 ERA and 101:49 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings. Verlander is scheduled to take on the Angels Saturday.


Justin Verlander looks good until the seventh


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Embattled Tigers starter Justin Verlander had a two-hit shutout through six innings Sunday against the Royals. But he loaded the bases on three straight singles, then allowed an RBI infield hit and an RBI grounder.

Verlander left with the game tied 2-2, but the bullpen allowed three more runs, two of which were charged to Verlander. In 6 1/3 innings, Verlander struck out three, walked one and yielded six hits. He's 8-8 with a 4.88 ERA entering the All-Star break.

Verlander's next start is scheduled for July 21 at Arizona.


Tigers set rotation following All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Tigers set their rotation for after the All-Star break. Anibal Sanchez will face the Indians on Friday, and Max Scherzer will pitch one of Saturday's doubleheader games. Drew Smyly will face Cleveland on Sunday. Detroit has not announced who will pitch the other Saturday game.

Then Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello will throw July 21 and July 22 at Arizona.


Justin Verlander manages to win despite poor performance


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander managed to pick up a win Tuesday despite turning in a poor performance.

Verlander had it rough from the get-go. After striking out Dee Gordon to open the game, things fell apart. A Yasiel Puig walk was followed by three straight Dodger hits, which scored three runs. Following an Andre Ethier flyout, Juan Uribe homered, driving in two. 

Despite being down 5-0, Verlander managed to get himself together over the next five innings. He retired the next 12 Dodgers in order before finally walking Hanley Ramirez to open the sixth inning. Detroit provided a ton of run support for Verlander, giving him the win.

With the win, Verlander moves to 8-7 on the year. His next start will come against the Royals. 


Justin Verlander rebounds from bad first to earn win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander appeared doomed for disaster after surrendering home runs to Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss in the first inning. But it was the Athletics who were doomed.

Verlander, who has bounced back from a miserable slump in his last three starts, pitched shutout ball in the last five innings despite giving up six more hits, including four in the third inning. He finished with two earned runs allowed on nine hits in six innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

He has not been dynamite lately, but he has yielded seven earned runs in his last 19 innings. His win Wednesday was his first since May 30. He will try to make it two in a row Tuesday against the Dodgers.


Justin Verlander finding strikeout form again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) The power is coming back for Justin Verlander and so are the strikeouts. The Tigers one-time ace, who has struggled mightily much of the season, has fanned a more characteristic 16 in his last two starts, covering 13 innings.

"I feel like I'm still a power pitcher with the work I'm putting in," Verlander told MLB.com. "It's going to come back."

Verlander and pitching Jeff Jones studied film of his most successful periods as opposed to his recent performances and came to the conclusion that Verlander was moving laterally on the mound rather than forward to maximize his velocity. The result has been two quality starts despite no-decisions and the increase in strikeouts.

"I felt like this was something we have to do to get back back to where he was," Brad Ausmus said. "As pitchers get older and more mature, they have to make adjustments because, physically, they're going to change."


Justin Verlander fans eight in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tossed his second quality start in a row Friday, but took a no-decision in a 4-3 loss.

Verlander tossed six solid innings in the outing, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked just one batter and struck out eight, his second straight start reaching that number, after failing to do so for 12 straight starts.

Verlander is still winless over his last five starts, but has been much improved over his last two outings. He has a 6-7 record and 4.80 ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Athletics. 


Mechanical adjustment pays off for Justin Verlander


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander made a few mechanical adjustments prior to Saturday's start, according to mlive.com.

Verlander worked to correct the issue all week, throwing a 40 pitch bullpen session immediately after his disastrous Tuesday start. He also added throwing sessions from flat ground throughout the week in order to stay on top of the issue. Verlander said he changed "a bunch of things."

"Bad habits start to creep in a little bit and before you know it there's a bunch of things that that causes," he said. "It's kind of a spiral effect. Just one little malfunction can lead to a bunch of other things." Though Verlander's adjustments led to a strong game, he said he wasn't done just yet. Verlander added that he'll continue to make his adjustments more natural heading into his next couple starts.


Justin Verlander fans eight before bullpen blows lead


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Tigers starter Justin Verlander finally showed some signed of life Saturday, as he snapped a three-start losing streak in a 5-4 win over the Indians.

Verlander didn't get the win in the game, despite tossing seven of his best innings of the season. He allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on four hits, but the bullpen let him down as the game went into extras. He struck out eight batters to match his season-high, while walking just one on 100 pitches before he was pulled.

Verlander is still just 6-7 with a 4.73 ERA, as he has a big hole to dig out of after going 2-5 with a 7.83 ERA in his previous seven starts. He will look to build on Saturday's start with his next outing, set for Friday in Houston.


Time to fix Justin Verlander to your bench


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) I've been as optimistic as I possibly could given his production to date, but enough is enough. After becoming just the second former Cy Young winner in baseball history to give up five earned runs or more six times in a span of seven starts, following Gaylord Perry in 1975, Justin Verlander belongs on your bench in Fantasy.

And unfortunately, that may be where he stays for a while. If you can still find someone eager to "buy low" on him after Monday's disaster against the Royals, you may still get a decent return, but most Fantasy owners, being the opportunistic weasels they are, will be looking to fleece you. And you don't want to let your disappointment in Verlander result in a fleecing.

Why not? Well, the rest of the Gaylord Perry story goes this way: After that horrible stretch in 1975, he went 12-4 with a 1.88 ERA in 17 starts. A pitcher with Cy Young potential is never a lost cause, especially when, as in Verlander's case, there hasn't been an injury to severely diminish his stuff. According to FanGraphs.com, he still has the 14th-hardest fastball among starting pitchers.

His issue is location, and as I mentioned on Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today, poor location is often the result of a mechanical flaw, which is always correctable. It's not always corrected because it's not always so easy to spot and fix, but if Verlander spots and fixes his, I wouldn't be surprised to see what would be the 2014 equivalent of a Gaylor Perry finish.


No plans for Justin Verlander to skip turn through rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Although Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander lost for the fifth time in six starts Monday against the Royals, he said he's not ready to miss a turn in the rotation to work on his pitching problems.

"I'm not at that stage," Verlander said, per MLive.com. "I pitch better on five days than I do six days, and I think skipping a start would probably have the opposite effect."

Manager Brad Ausmus also didn't care for the idea of Verlander missing a start.

"I wouldn't skip a start with Justin Verlander," Ausmus said. "(Verlander) is going to be here all year. He's one of our pitchers. There's really no reason to be concerned about him. He's going to pitch every fifth day."


Justin Verlander rocked for seven runs in loss vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander struggled once again Monday, giving up seven earned runs on 12 hits and two walks in six innings while striking out two in his team's 11-8 loss to the Royals.

Verlander (6-7) has surrendered five earned runs or more in five of his last six starts, and his ERA has risen from 2.67 to 4.98 as a result. The Royals were able to push four runs across in the fifth inning before knocking a three-run home run in the sixth. Verlander has posted a pedestrian 69:41 K:BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Indians.


Justin Verlander ... to trade or not to trade?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Justin Verlander summed up his latest disaster Wednesday at the White Sox by calling it "really frustrating."

And I agree, but with one addendum: It's really, really frustrating.

The biggest frustration for Fantasy owners is not knowing what to do with him. Sitting him for now is obvious, but what else? He is Justin Verlander, after all, and the Pitch F/X data suggests his stuff hasn't diminished as much as some have been led to believe. His numbers certainly have, though, and while his last six starts are as bad as it's gotten, it actually started last year with a not-so-ace-like 3.46 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. If not for his track record and his final five starts last year, playoffs included, you wouldn't have drafted him where you did this year.

Even if we assume he bounces back to last year's numbers, since that's about what he was doing before this six-start stretch, he'll fall well short of expectations, which makes trading him now not the craziest idea if you can find someone eager to buy low.

But I'll admit I've hesitated to offer him up in leagues where I own him. He'll barely be a top-30 starting pitcher for me when I adjust my rankings later today, but he may have the best chance of those 15 and up to perform like a top-10 option the rest of the way.

If you've succeeded in spite of his struggles so far, you might want to hang on to him, but if you're falling out of the race, an offer of Alex Cobb and, say, Carlos Santana is one to take seriously.


Justin Verlander: 'God, it's really frustrating'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Struggling Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander expressed both frustration and hopefulness after his latest setback, a loss Wednesday in which he gave up seven runs.

"God, it's really frustrating," he told CSNChicago.com. "I feel like I'm right there, and there's been a bunch of games where I feel like it's been right there and then a couple of walks and it turns in to a big inning. But the stuff is there, just execute a little better then repeat."

Verlander has seen his ERA rise nearly two full points in his last five starts.


Verlander mauled again as woes continue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The surprising slide of one-time Tigers ace Justin Verlander continued Wednesday against the White Sox.

Verlander failed to record a quality start for the fifth time in his last six outings despite giving up only a solo home run to Jose Abreu in the first five innings. He collapsed in the sixth, giving up five singles and two walks as Chicago exploded for seven runs, all of which fell onto his ledger. He finished with four walks and six strikeouts.

The right-hander has now given up 31 runs on 49 hits and 18 walks in his last 37 2/3 innings as his record has evened at 6-6 and his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.67 to 4.61.

Verlander will seek to reverse his fortunes Monday against Kansas City.


Tigers to skip Drew Smyly's start after Tuesday rainout


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) After having Tuesday's game postponed due to rain, the Tigers will start Tuesday's scheduled starter Justin Verlander Wednesday and Max Scherzer Thursday. With the new alignment, Drew Smyly will be skipped this turn through the rotation.

Tigers-White Sox game called due to rain Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Tuesday's game between the White Sox and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been set for the postponed game, but it won't come during the current series. The White Sox and Tigers were due to send John Danks and Justin Verlander to the hill, respectively. It's possible both of Tuesday's scheduled starters will be pushed back one day to Wednesday.


Justin Verlander serves up two homers in loss to Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander continued to struggle on Thursday, dropping to 6-5 on the year, following a 7-3 home defeat to the Blue Jays. The right-hander coughed up six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and four walks while striking out four in seven innings of work.

Home runs to Brett Lawrie and Juan Francisco in the sixth inning proved to be the big blow.

Verlander has permitted five-plus earned runs in four of his last five starts. He is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA over that five-start stretch. He will look to get back on track Tuesday against the White Sox in Chicago.

Justin Verlander gets mojo back against Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Increased velocity and command keyed a comeback performance from Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander on Friday in Seattle.

Verlander gave up three earned runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings while fanning seven. Not bad considering he had yielded 16 earned runs on 28 hits in his previous 17 1/3 innings covering his last three starts.

"His velocity was good out of the gate," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com. "He attacked the hitters. He wasn't tiptoeing around anyone. He was going after them."

The strong game shrunk Verlander's ERA a tad to 3.99.


Justin Verlander gets back on track in Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander got back on track with dominant outing against the Mariners in Seattle on Friday, scattering three runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings, improving yo 6-4 on the year.

Verlander struck out seven and walked one in 120 pitches, 78 for strikes. His ERA improved to 3.99 on the season. Over his last four starts covering 25 innings, Verlander has allowed 19 earned runs.

Following the 6-3 win, Verlander will look to keep things rolling Thursday at home against Toronto.

Justin Verlander legitimately worrisome


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) For Justin Verlander, it's only getting worse. As if the rising walk rate and falling strikeout rate weren't bad enough, now he's getting knocked around as well, giving up 11 hits in back-to-back starts.

As I mentioned in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, assessing this latest version of Verlander is tricky because of both his track record and the fact he overcame a similarly discouraging start to post a 0.26 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 13.6 strikeout per nine innings over his final five starts, including the playoffs, last year. It wasn't enough to salvage his final numbers, but it was enough to remind everyone that, when at his best, nobody else comes close.

But here he is performing at far from his best again. In his last 45 regular-season starts spanning two seasons, he has a 3.60 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. That's a large enough sample to take seriously, especially since it coincides with a reduction in velocity.

And although those numbers are mixed-league caliber, they're nowhere close to what you expected from Verlander when you drafted him. They don't suggest he's an ace or even a must-start option. It's a frightening admission, but I don't think I can continue to value him like a top-25 starting pitcher. My rankings will soon reflect that.


Justin Verlander has third straight poor performance


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander struggled for the third straight start during a 12-4 loss Sunday against the Rangers. The right-hander allowed nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out one in 5 1/3 innings.

Verlander struggled from the get-go Sunday, allowing Texas to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Alex Rios' two-out single. Michael Choice then led off the second inning with a home run and Robinson Chirinos scored two batters later on a throwing error. 

Verlander then settled down to fire two scoreless innings, but Texas opened up the game with a five-run fifth inning. Mitch Moreland, Adrian Beltre and Chirinos had RBI singles, while Rios had a two-RBI triple. 

Verlander came back out for the sixth inning, but he allowed an RBI double to Moreland before being lifted after a one-out walk to Adrian Beltre.

He's now allowed at least five runs in three straight starts. He's lost his last two starts. Verlander will look to end the losing skid Friday at Seattle.


Justin Verlander surrenders five runs in loss vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander wasn't at his best in Tuesday's loss, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in six innings while striking out two in his team's 6-2 loss to the Indians.

Verlander (5-3) surrendered one run in the first inning before getting tagged for four more in the second. He settled down after that, but it was his second straight outing giving up five runs in six innings. Verlander owns a 3.55 ERA and 49:27 K:BB ratio in 66 innings. He'll look to bounce back Sunday against the Rangers.


Time to downgrade Justin Verlander


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) Justin Verlander wasn't great for most of 2013. He was fine, perhaps even must-start, but he wasn't the ace everyone drafted him to be.

Most everyone, myself included, thought he'd get back to that level in 2014 since he pretty much already did down the stretch last year, posting a 0.26 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings over his final five starts, including the playoffs.

But now nine starts into 2014, that doesn't seem to be happening. Instead, everything that plagued Verlander in the first few months last year is plaguing him again.

His control has only gotten worse since last year, when he turned in his worst walk rate since 2008. Now averaging 3.6 walks per nine innings, one of his strengths has become a liability.

And the stuff itself isn't what it used to be. Averaging 93.9 miles per hour on his fastball, he's still one of the hardest-throwers in the game, but sitting in the mid-90s instead of the high-90s gives him a lower margin for error. He's more hittable, and it shows in both his WHIP and strikeout rate.

My goal here isn't to cause you to panic and trade Verlander for 50 cents on the dollar, but to give you the chance to adjust your expectations. For all but a handful of his last 56 starts, Verlander has been a good, but not great, starting pitcher. He'll give you innings, wins and most likely strikeouts, but as I said on Thursday's Fantasy Baseball Today, I'm prepared to move him below David Price and Masahiro Tanaka in my rankings.


Bad fifth can't keep Justin Verlander from Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) One rotten inning couldn't prevent five good ones from giving Tigers premier right-hander Justin Verlander a win Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore.

Verlander breezed through the first three innings before allowing two baserunners in the fourth. The roof caved in in the fifth as he yielded five runs on three singles, a walk and three-run homer by Nelson Cruz. Verlander recovered to retire the Orioles in order in the sixth and his bullpen blanked them the rest of the way to allow him to raise his record to 5-2.

His numbers didn't look pretty, however. He gave up five earned runs on six hits while walking three and fanning four as his ERA rose to 3.15. Verlander is set to make his next start Monday in Cleveland.