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Justin Brooks Verlander(born February 20, 1983) is anAmericanprofessional baseballpitcherfor theHouston AstrosofMajor League Baseball(MLB). He previously played for theDetroit Tigersfor 13 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. As a formeracein the Tigers' starting rotation, he was regarded as a key figure in four consecutiveAmerican League (AL) Centraldivision championships from 2011−2014. He is among the career pitching leaders for the Tigers, including ranking second instrikeouts(2,373), seventh inwins(183), and eighth ininnings pitched(2511). A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander stands 6feet 5inches (1.96m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102kg).
The winner of a number of accolades, Verlander is a six-timeMLB All-Starand has led theALin strikeouts four times. In 2006, Verlander was named the ALRookie of the Year.On June 12, 2007, he pitched ano-hitter—the first ever atComerica Park—against theMilwaukee Brewers.Verlander had his most successful season in 2011. He pitched his second career no-hitter against theToronto Blue Jayson May 7, 2011.By season's end, Verlander achieved thePitching Triple Crown, and unanimously won the ALCy Young Award, the ALMost Valuable Player (MVP) Award.and theSporting NewsPlayer of the Year Award. On August 31, 2017, the Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros.For his performance in the2017 American League Championship Series, he was namedMVP.
FromManakin-Sabot, Virginia, Verlander attendedOld Dominion University(ODU) and playedcollege baseballfor theMonarchs. He broke the Monarchs' andColonial Athletic Association's career records for strikeouts. At the2003 Pan American Games, helped lead theUnited States national teamto asilver medal. The Tigers selected him in the first round and as the second overall pick of the2004 first-year player draft.2016Verlander atCamden YardsinBaltimorein 2016
On May 8, Verlander recorded his 1,981st strikeout in his Tiger career, surpassingJack Morrisfor second place on the list of all-time Tiger strikeout leaders. He only trailsMickey Lolich, who had 2,679 strikeouts as a Tiger.On May 18, Verlander fannedEddie Rosarioof the Twins for his 2,000th career strikeout, becoming just the second Tigers pitcher to reach the milestone, following Lolich.Verlander went into the 2016 All-Star break with an 8–6 record, 4.07 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 1171⁄3innings (9.2 K/9).
Verlander was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. Verlander was 4–0 with a 1.69 ERA in six July starts, holding opposing hitters a .171 average and striking out 48 batters in 422⁄3innings. Among qualifying starters in the AL (minimum 28.0 innings pitched), Verlander finished July first in strikeouts, tied for first in innings pitched, third in ERA and tied for third in wins. Verlander allowed just 26 hits in his 422⁄3July innings, and had a 0.891 WHIP.On September 27, Verlander struck out 12 Cleveland Indians batters to give him a career-high eight games this season in which he totaled 10 or more strikeouts.Verlander was among the best starters in the majors after the 2016 All-Star Break. From July 15 on, Justin compiled an 8–3 record, 1.96 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts in 1101⁄3innings. In his three losses, the Tigers scored a total of two runs.
Verlander finished the 2016 season with a 16–9 record, while recording 254 strikeouts to lead the American League for the fourth time in his career. He also finished first in the AL with a 1.00 WHIP, and his 3.04 ERA ranked second. His strikeout rate of 10.0 per 9 IP was the second best of his career, trailing only the 10.1/9 rate posted in 2009. His 4.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio was a career best and a Tiger record for a season, eclipsing the 4.44 mark set byDenny McLainin1968. Verlander joinedNolan RyanandRoger Clemensas the only three American League pitchers in history to strike out 250 or more batters in a season after turning 33 years old. Verlander's 26quality startswere tied for the AL lead (with former TigerRick Porcello).Following the season, Verlander was named aGold Glove Awardfinalist at pitcher, along withR.A. DickeyandDallas Keuchel. Verlander's fiveDefensive Runs Savedtied him for fourth among AL pitchers, as did his 29assists. His 6.61Wins Above Replacement(WAR) led all AL pitchers.Verlander won his third Tiger of the Year award, as awarded by the Detroit Chapter of the BBWAA.
Following the season, Verlander was announced by the BBWAA as a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award, along withCorey Kluberand former teammateRick Porcello.Verlander finished second in Cy Young voting, losing to Porcello by five points, 132–137, in what was the second-closest vote in history (to the 2012 AL Cy Young race Verlander lost). Verlander received 14 first-place votes, to Porcello's eight first-place votes, but Verlander was left off two ballots. It marked the third time in history and first in the AL that a pitcher won the Cy Young Award without receiving the most first-place votes.The outcome of the vote inspired Verlander's longtime girlfriend, actress and modelKate Upton, to tweet "Hey @MLB I thought I was the only person allowed to fuck Justin Verlander?!"2017
In a win over the Chicago White Sox on April 4, Verlander tied a franchise record for the most strikeouts on Opening Day with ten, becoming the first Tigers player to do so sinceMickey Lolichin1970.In his 51st plate appearance in interleague play, Verlander recorded his first careerRBIin an August 30 game against theColorado Rockies, which was also his last game as a Tiger.Houston Astros
Minutes before thewaiver trade deadlineon August 31, 2017, the Tigers sent Verlander to theHouston Astrosfor prospectsFranklin Pérez,Jake Rogers, andDaz Cameron.Verlander won his Astros debut on September 5 against theSeattle Mariners, giving up one run and striking out seven over six innings.He started and won theAL Westdivision-clinching game for the Astros on September 17, allowing one run and striking out ten Mariners batters over seven innings.He won all five of his regular season starts with Houston, posting a 1.06 ERA and 0.65 WHIP in those games.The Astros chose to skip Verlander's final scheduled start on Sunday, October 1, and have him start the first game of the ALDS.Thus, Verlander finished the 2017 regular season with a 15–8 record, 3.36 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 219 strikeouts in 206 innings.
After a couple of injury-riddled seasons, many believed Verlander had lost the fastball velocity most fans had grown accustomed to. However, the velocity soared back up to an average of 95.3 in his 2017 campaign, four miles per hour faster than his average in 2014 (91.2), and three MPH faster than his average in 2015 (92.3). He also hit triple digits on the radar gun in 2017 for the first time since his 2013 campaign.2017 postseason
Verlander won two games in the Astros' 3-games-to-1ALDStriumph over theBoston Red Sox. He started and won Game 1, and picked up the second win with 22⁄3innings of relief in the clinching Game 4.On October 14, he started Game 2 of theALCSversus theYankees, throwing a 13-strikeout, 2–1 complete game victory. The Astros won the game on a ninth-inning walk-off double byCarlos Correathat drove homeJosé Altuve.Facing elimination in Game 6 of the ALCS, Verlander pitched seven shutout innings in a 7−1 victory over the Yankees.The Astros also defeated the Yankees in Game 7, allowing them to advance to the World Series for the second time in franchise history. During the ALCS, he went 2−0, with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Following his outstanding performance, he was named the ALCSMVP.
Verlander received a no-decision in Game 2 of theWorld Seriesagainst theLos Angeles Dodgers, his third career World Series. He allowed only two hits in six innings, but both hits were home runs, and he left the game with the Astros trailing 3–1. The Astros eventually won the game 7–6 in 11 innings.With a chance to clinch the series in Game 6, Verlander gave up three hits and two runs while striking out nine batters in six innings, but was tagged with the loss in a 3–1 final. It was the first time in his career that Verlander failed to win a series-clinching game in the postseason, having gone 3–0 in his three previous chances. It was also his first loss as a member of the Astros.The Astros defeated the Dodgers the next night in Game 7, giving Verlander his first World Series championship.
For the 2017 postseason (6 appearances), Verlander went 4–1 with a 2.21 ERA and 38 strikeouts