Graduated from Goochland High School (VA) in 2001...was All-Metro and All-Region....Attended Old Dominion University...in 2002, was the Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie of the Year and a First-Team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America after leading the conference with a 1.90 ERA..saw action with Team USA during the summer of 2003, and helped lead the club to the silver medal at the Pan American Games...was one of 10 finalists for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top collegiate pitcher in 2004...set a single-season school record with 151 strikeouts in 2004...set a career school record with 427 strikeouts....Selected by Detroit with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2004 draft...signed by Tigers scout Bill Buck....IN THE COMMUNITY: Following Hurricane Harvey in 2018, organized the Wins for Warriors Foundation, which launched a grant-making program to provide financial assistance to military and veteran families impacted by the hurricane...personally donated $100,000 towards starting the fund, and committed his playoff share to Wins for Warriors...the Astros Foundation matched the grants awarded up to $100,000...in 2019, launched a new program through Wins for Warriors called Adopt. Rescue. Heal, which rescues dogs from animal shelters and then trains them as service animals for military families in need... While a Tiger, participated in multiple charitable organizations and efforts throughout the state of Michigan, focusing on humane societies and veterans...was the recipient of the inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in 2013 for his dedication to service men and women...was also the Tigers nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award....Acquired by Houston in a five-player deal on Aug. 31, 2017...signed a contract extension on March 24, 2019 that will keep him in Houston through the 2021 season.
Won his second Cy Young Award with one of the most remarkable seasons in recent history...threw his third-career no-hitter, started the All-Star Game and achieved many career milestones, such as 3,000 career strikeouts and his first-career 300-strikeout season..led the Majors in wins, opponent batting average (.172), WHIP (0.80) and innings pitched (223) and ranked tied for first in quality starts (26) and second in strikeouts...among AL pitchers, ranked second in ERA...set a career high in strikeouts (300) and posted a career-best WHIP (0.80), the third-best WHIP in a single season in the modern era (since 1900), behind Pedro Martinez (0.74 in 2000) and Walter Johnson (0.77 in 1913)...posted a .172 opponent average, which was the seventh-best mark in MLB's modern era (since 1900)...was best mark since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (.167)...won at least 20 games for the second time in his career (also 24 wins in his MVP/Cy Young season in 2011)...at 36 years old, became the American League's oldest 20-game winner since Hall of Famer Mike Mussina won 20 games at 39 years old in
2008...21 wins ranked tied for second in a season in Astros history with Jose Lima (21 in 1999) and Joe Niekro (21 in 1979), behind Mike Hampton (22 in 1999)...threw his third career no-hitter on Sept. 1 at TOR, striking out 14 batters in 9.0 innings pitched...became the sixth pitcher in MLB history with at least three career no-hitters, joining Nolan Ryan (7), Sandy Koufax (4), Bob Feller (3), Cy Young (3) and Larry Corcoran (3)...was the 13th nohitter in Astros history, and the second of the season (also the four-pitcher combined no-hitter on Aug. 3 vs.
SEA), making the Astros the 18th club in MLB history with multiple no-hitters in the same season...was the 11th individual no-hitter in Astros history, and the first since RHP Mike Fiers no-hit the Dodgers on Aug. 21, 2015 vs. LAD...was Verlander's second no-hitter at Rogers Centre (also May 7, 2011)...became the first pitcher in MLB history with multiple no-hitters at a single road venue...became the third pitcher all-time with multiple nohitters against a single team, joining Addie Joss vs. CWS (1908, 1910) and Tim Lincecum vs. SD (2013-14)... became the eighth pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter with multiple teams, joining Mike Fiers, Randy Johnson, Hideo Nomo, Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan, Theodore Breitenstein and Cy Young...at 36 years, 193 days old, became the 12th-oldest pitcher in MLB history to toss a no-hitter, and the oldest since Randy Johnson nohit the Braves at 40 years old in 2004...became the 18th pitcher in Major League history to record 3,000 career strikeouts when he reached that total in his final start of the season on Sept. 28 at LAA...his 3,000th strikeout
was his sixth on the night, a swinging strikeout of Angels RF Kole Calhoun, who reached first on what was ruled a wild pitch...recorded 12 strikeouts on the night, which was the exact number he needed to reach 300 strikeouts for the season for the first time in his career... became the second pitcher in MLB history to reach 300 strikeouts for a season and 3,000 strikeouts for a career within the same game, joining LHP Randy Johnson, who did so on Sept. 10, 2000 at FLA, while pitching for the Diamondbacks...became the fifth pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts to pitch for the Houston franchise, joining RHP Nolan Ryan (5,714), LHP Randy Johnson (4,875), RHP Roger Clemens (4,672) and RHP Curt Schilling (3,116)...reached strikeout number 3,000 on inning number 2,979.2, and in his 453rd game...per Elias Sports, became the fourth-quickest to 3,000 strikeouts by innings and the fifth-quickest in terms of games...climbed MLB's all-time strikeout leaderboard, surpassing Frank Tanana (2,773), Cy Young (2,806), Mike Mussina (2,813), Mickey Lolich (2,832) and Jim Bunning (2,855)...moved into 18th all-time with 3,006 strikeouts...was named to the 2019 AL All-Star Team via the player vote, his eighth-career All-Star nomination (2007, 2009-13, 2018-19)...received 267 player votes, the most among all MLB pitchers...became the 22nd pitcher in MLB history to be named to eight All-Star Teams (19 of those pitchers are Hall of Famers)...became the 33rd pitcher in MLB history to make multiple All-Star Game starts, and the 12th to do so for different teams, joining Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Jack Morris, Steve Carlton and Roy Halladay, and Chris Sale, Roger Clemens, Vida Blue, David Wells, Curt Schilling, Dean Chance and Max Scherzer...went 13-2 against AL West opponents, posting a 2.91 ERA (38ER/117.2IP) with 158 strikeouts in 19 starts...the 13 wins marked the most by any pitcher against the AL West since divisional realignment in 1994...recorded 16 starts whre he allowed one earned run-or-fewer, which was tied for seventh-most starts in the Majors...started for the Astros on Opening Day on March 28 at TB...marked his 11th career Opening Day start and his second consecutive for the Astros...became the 14th pitcher in MLB history to record 11 Opening Day starts...earned the win with his 7.0 innings of one-run ball...struck out nine...marked his 7th consecutive Opening Day victory...became the 7th pitcher all-time to lead his club to eight total wins on Opening Day in his career...his nine strikeouts tied Mike Scott (1988) for the second-most on an Opening Day in Astros history...over a four-start stretch from April 13-29, posted a 1.33 ERA (4ER/27) with 37 strikeouts...allowed just one earned run in each start, all via solo home runs...became just the second pitcher in MLB history to allow one run in four straight starts, all via solo homers, joining Greg Harris in 1991...struck out six batters in 7.0 innings on May 26 vs. BOS, pushing him past the 2,800 strikeout mark for his career...became the 22nd pitcher all-time to do so...struck out a career-high 15 batters while issuing no walks over 7.0 innings on June 12 vs. MIL...became the second pitcher in Astros history to post 15+ strikeouts and no walks in a game, joining Randy Johnson on Aug. 28, 1998 vs. PIT...at 36 years, 112 days old, became the fourth-oldest MLB pitcher to post 15+ strikeouts and no walks in a game, behind a 43-year-old Nolan Ryan (15 SO on 8/17/90), a 37-year-old Randy Johnson (20 SO on 5/8/01) and a 37-year-old John Smoltz (37 on 4/10/05)...became the second pitcher in MLB history to strike out 15 batters in 100 total pitches or less, joining Félix Hernández (June 8, 2014 at TB)...posted a season-long five-game winning streak from July 14-Aug. 4...posted a 1.45 ERA (5ER/31IP) with 53 strikeouts during the streak...posted 10+ strikeouts in 7 consecutive games from July 19-Aug. 21, a new franchise record that was later broken by Gerrit
Cole (9 straight starts)...prior to Verlander, the previous franchise record was five straight games, reached by Randy Johnson (Aug. 28-Sept. 18, 1998) and J.R. Richard (Sept. 16, 1979-April 10, 1980)... struck out 79 batters over 46.0 innings pitched during the run, which was good for a 15.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio...struck out nearly half of the 175 batters he faced (45.1% strikeout rate)...his seven-game double-digit strikeout streak was the longest streak of his career, topping his previous career-best mark of four consecutive double-digit strikeout games from Sept. 10-29, 2018...became the first pitcher to post seven straight games with 10+ strikeouts since the 2017 season, when Chris Sale (eight games) did so...the only four other pitchers in MLB history to put together streaks that long: Sale, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan, with Cole eventually stringing together nine such games later in the season...was named the AL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 1...in two starts during the week (including his no-hitter on Sept. 1 at TOR), went 2-0 while throwing 14.1 scoreless innings, striking out 18 batters with one walk and four hits allowed (.085 opponent batting average)...was his ninth-career Player of the Week award, and first since Sept. of 2018... during his start on Sept. 7 vs. SEA, reached 200.0 innings pitched on the season, marking his 12th-career season with 200+ innings pitched (fourth consecutive)...became the first pitcher with 12 seasons of 200+
innings since Tom Glavine...from April 19 to the end of the season, his ERA was 3.00-or-lower and his opponent batting average remained below .200...won his 20th game of the season on Sept. 22 vs. LAA, which marked the second 20-win season of his career (also, 2011).. .improved to 21-6 with a win on Sept. 28 at LAA...was dominant in September, posting a 2.08 ERA (9ER/39IP) with 57 strikeouts in six starts...in 16 September starts since 2017, has gone 13-1 with a 1.44 ERA (17ER/106IP), 18 walks and 150 strikeouts...started six games for the Astros in the postseason, the most ever by an Astros pitcher in a single postseason in club history...went 1-4 with a 4.33 ERA (17ER/35.1IP) and 38 strikeouts in the postseason...threw 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while striking out eight batters in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. TB...became the 14th pitcher in MLB postseason history to toss 7.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball, and the first since Bronson Arroyo in Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS vs. SF...marked his fifth scoreless outing in his postseason career...notched his eighth career Division Series victory, a Major League record, surpassing John Smoltz and Andy Pettitte...threw 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while striking out seven batters in Game 2 of the ALCS vs. NYY...became the first pitcher in MLB history to reach 200 career postseason strikeouts...moved into third all-time in postseason wins (14) and tied for fourth in games started (30).
Justin and his wife, Kate Upton, reside in Beverly Hills, Calif...Had one of the best regular seasons of his career en route to a second-place finish in the AL Cy Young voting...was named to his seventh-career AL All-Star team, was the AL Pitcher of the Month for May, and received two AL Player of the Week awards (April 9-15, Sept. 10-16)...surpassed 200 career wins and 2,500 career strikeouts...led the AL in strikeouts (290), quality starts (26), WAR (6.8, Fangraphs), opponent on-base percentage (.242) strikeout to walk ratio (7.84) and WHIP (0.90) while ranking tied for first in starts (34), second in innings pitched (214), second in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12.20), second in walks per 9.0 innings (1.56), third in ERA, third in opponent batting average (.200), fourth in opponent OPS (.602), fifth in opponent slugging percentage (.360), and tied for seventh in wins...posted career-best marks in strikeouts, WHIP, strikeouts per 9.0 innings, walks per 9.0 innings and strikeout to walk ratio...his 290 strikeouts marked the fourth-most strikeouts by an Astros pitcher in a single-season all-time, behind J.R. Richard (313 in 1979, 303 in 1978) and Mike Scott (306 in 1986)...became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to record 290+ strikeouts as a 35-year-old or older, joining Randy Johnson (1999-2002, 2004), Curt Schilling (2002), Nolan Ryan (1989) and Hugh Daily (1884)... became the 10th pitcher in MLB history to post eight 200-strikeout seasons, joining Nolan Ryan (15), Randy Johnson (13), Roger Clemens (12), Tom Seaver (10), Pedro Martinez (9), Bob Gibson (9), Bert Blyleven (8), Steve Carlton (8) and Gaylord Perry (8)...combined with Gerrit Cole (276 SO) to post 566 strikeouts, the most by a duo in a single season in Astros history (previously 503 strikeouts by Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott in 1987)...also became the second duo of pitchers to top 270 strikeouts apiece in the same season, joining Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who did so in 2001 and 2002...set a single-season franchise record for WHIP (0.90), topping Mike Scott's 0.92 WHIP set in 1986...marked the fifth-best WHIP by a pitcher 35 years or older all-time, behind Randy Johnson (0.90 in 2004 at 40), Babe Adams (0.90 in 1919 at 37) and Cy Young (0.89 in 1908 at 41; 0.87 in 1905 at 38)...also set single-season franchise records for opponent on-base percentage (.242) and strikeout to walk ratio (7.84)...reached 34 starts for the fifth time in his career (2009, 2011, 2013, 2016), and fell one start shy of his career-high of 35 set in 2009...recorded his 200th-career Major League win on Aug. 19 at OAK...became the 114th pitcher in MLB history to reach 200 wins...tallied 13 double-digit strikeout games, the most in the AL and the third-most by an Astros pitcher in a single season in club history...only J.R. Richard posted more, recording 14 double-digit strikeout games in both 1978 and 1979...led the Majors in road wins (12) and ranked third in road ERA (2.14)...tied the second-most road wins in a season in club history with Jose Lima (1999), behind Joe Niekro (13 in 1979)...ended the season with four consecutive double-digit strikeout games...marked the first time in his career that he posted 10+ strikeouts in four straight games...became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to have a streak like this: also Randy Johnson (5 games in 1998), J.R. Richard (4 games from 1979-80) and Nolan Ryan (4 games in 1982)...surpassed 19 pitchers to move up to 23rd all-time in MLB history in strikeouts (2,706)...entered the season ranking 42nd on that list, surpassing passed Luis Tiant (2,416), Jamie Moyer (2,441), Andy Pettitte (2,448), Sam McDowell (2,453), Jim Kaat (2,461), Mark Langston (2,464), Tim Keefe (2,475), Jack Morris (2,478), Don Drysdale (2,486), Christy Mathewson (2,507), A.J. Burnett (2,513), Bartolo Colon (2,516), Javier Vazquez (2,536), Jerry Koosman (2,556), Bob Feller (2,581), Warren Spahn (2,583), Tom Glavine (2,607), Chuck Finley (2,610) and David Cone (2,668)... struck out 38.9% of all left-handed hitters he faced, the second-best mark among MLB starters behind Gerrit Cole (41.1%)...started for the Astros on Opening Day on March 29 at TEX in what was his 10th-career Opening Day start...pitched Houston to a 4-1 win...marked the sixth-consecutive Opening Day game that he pitched his club to a victory...threw 7.0 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts to lead Houston to a 2-0 shutout over the Twins at Target Field on April 9...the game time temperature was 35 degrees...improved to 7-1 (.875) at Target Field, the highest winning percentage in the history of the venue...tabbed the AL Player of the Week for the week of April 9-15...went 1-0 with an 0.60 ERA (1ER/15IP) and 20 strikeouts in his two starts, allowing just five hits and two walks for an opponent batting average of .100 (5x50)...dominated the Rangers on April 15 in Houston, tossing 8.0 innings while allowing one run on one hit with 11 strikeouts...the only blemish was a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos...did not factor into the decision in the Astros 3-1 loss in 10 innings...per STATS Inc., Verlander (11K, 1H) and Rangers starter Bartolo Colon (7K, 1H) became the first opposing starters in the live-ball era to combine for at least 18 strikeouts and two-or-fewer hits allowed...became the second pitcher in club history to begin a season by going scoreless in each of his first three road starts (19IP), joining Roger Clemens, who did so across his first five starts and 32.0 innings pitched on the road in 2005...posted an 11-game regular season winning streak that spanned from Aug. 20, 2017-April 25, 2018...was one win shy of his career-long streak...joined Roger Clemens (2004) as the only pitchers to start their careers with the Astros on a nine-game regular season winning streak...on May 1 vs. NYY, struck out 14 hitters over 8.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits... tied his single-game career-high for strikeouts and tied the Minute Maid Park record for strikeouts in a single game...became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to strike out 14+ Yankees hitters without a walk in a single game...also Pedro Martinez (17 on Sept. 10, 1999), Curt Schilling (16 on Sept. 1, 1997) and Urban Shocker (14 on July 13, 1920)...tossed a five-hit complete game shutout on May 16 at LAA... struck out seven batters on 118 pitches, reaching 2,500 career strikeouts...struck out Shohei Ohtani for his 2,500th career strikeout... became the sixth pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,500 career strikeouts prior to his 400th career game, joining also Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Tom Seaver...was his first shutout since Aug. 26, 2015 vs. LAA...posted a 1.08 ERA through his first 11 starts of the season...marked the lowest ERA by a pitcher through his first 11 starts of a season since 2010, when Ubaldo Jimenez posted a 0.78 ERA for the Rockies over his first 11 starts...was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for May...marked his fifth career monthly award (also July 2016, Sept. 2012, June 2011, May 2009)...joined Corey Kluber as the only active pitchers with five career Pitcher of the Month Awards... during six starts during the month, went 3-2 with an 0.86 ERA (4ER/41.2IP), 50 strikeouts and a complete game shutout...led the AL in ERA during the month while ranking second in opponent average (.153), tied for second in innings and tied for third in strikeouts...posted the third-lowest ERA in a single month of May in team history, behind Nolan Ryan (0.20 ERA in 1984) and Mike Cuellar (0.86 ERA in 1968)...allowed one earned run or less in six straight starts from May 1-28, the second-longest streak of his career (7-game run during his 2011 MVP season)...became the first AL pitcher since Tom Candiotti (1991) to allow one earned run or less in each of his first six road starts of a season...made his 400th career start on June 14 at OAK (3ER/7IP)...allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his first 21 career starts with Houston, a new franchise record (previously 14 starts by Darryl Kile in 1991)...was the second-longest streak overall in club history, behind Larry Dierker's 22-start streak set from 1972-74...faced the Tigers for the first time on July 15 at Minute Maid Park (5ER/6IP)...became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to have a game with 12+ strikeouts while allowing at least four homers...had the best first-half to a season of his career...his 160 strikeouts, 2.05 ERA, .180 opponent batting average and .544 opponent OPS were all career-best marks in a single season prior to the ASG...his 2.05 ERA ranked fourth in franchise history for a single season prior to the All-Star Break (min. 100IP), behind Roger Clemens (1.48 in 2005), Mike Cuellar (1.78 in 1966) and J.R. Richard (1.96 in 1980)...dominated the Dodgers in the Astros 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 3...struck out 14 batters and walked one over 7.2 innings of one-run ball...gave up a leadoff homer to Joc Pederson before settling down to allow just three more hits over the course of his outing...the 14 strikeouts tied his career-high...was ejected for the first time in his Astros career on Aug. 9 vs. SEA...recorded his 200th-career win on Aug. 19 at OAK (4ER/5.1IP)...joined a group of 19 pitchers who reached 200 wins within 412 games or fewer...that group includes 13 Hall of Famers: Pete Alexander (HOF, 350g), Juan Marichal (HOF, 355g), Walter Johnson (HOF, 370g), Tom Seaver (HOF, 384g), Mike Mussina (389g), Roger Clemens (392g), Whitey Ford (HOF, 395g), Greg Maddux (HOF, 396g), Jim Palmer (HOF, 397g), Bob Feller (HOF, 400g), Randy Johnson (HOF, 401g), Andy Pettitte (401g), CC Sabathia (401g), Carl Hubbell (HOF, 402g), Bob Gibson (HOF, 404g), Roy Halladay (406g), Warren Spahn (HOF, 409g), Stan Coveleski (HOF, 409g) and Tim Hudson (412g)...posted 26.0 consecutive scoreless innings at Angel Stadium from Sept. 12, 2017-Aug. 25, 2018, the fourth-longest streak at the venue by a visiting player all-time and the longest since Mel Stottlemyre's 31-inning streak from 1971-73...went 3-0 in five September starts, posting a 1.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 33.0 innings... finished tied for first in the AL in ERA, and third in strikeouts...increased his active win streak in September to 10 games dating back to 2016...made three starts in the postseason, going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA (8ER/17.1IP) and 17 strikekouts...became the club's all-time leader in postseason wins (6) and strikeouts (55)... moved into fourth-place all-time in MLB history in postseason wins (13), behind Andy Pettitte (19), John Smoltz (15) and Tom Glavine (14)...also moved up to sixth all-time in postseason starts (24) and fourth in postseason strikeouts (167)...earned his 12th-career postseason victory in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. CLE, pitching Houston to a 7-2 win over the Indians at Minute Maid Park in...gave up 2 runs on 2 hits over 5.1 innings pitched, striking out 7 with 2 walks...improved to 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA (17ER/64.1IP) in 11 career games in the Division Series, tying John Smoltz and Andy Pettitte for the most Division Series wins in MLB history...pitched Houston to a 7-2 win at Fenway Park in Game 1 of the ALCS...allowed two runs on two hits over 6.0 innings pitched ...walked four batters, tying his postseason single-game career-high (also 2006 ALDS Game 2 vs. NYY and 2012 ALDS Game 1 vs. OAK)...was his third consecutive victory in the League Championship Series...became the first pitcher to record a win in 3 consecutive LCS starts since Roy Oswalt (2005-10)...took the loss in Game 5 of the ALCS vs. BOS, snapping his consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak in elimination games at 26.0 innings (new MLB record)...gave up four runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings.
Helped lead the Astros to their first World Series Championship title, taking home ALCS MVP honors... eclipsed the 200 strikeout mark in a season split between the Astros and Tigers (219 total)...marked the seventh time in his career where he reached at least 200 strikeouts...marked his 10th career season with at least 200 innings pitched...joined LHP Mark Buehrle as the only pitchers since 2005 with 10 seasons of 200+ innings... ranked among the top AL pitchers in quality starts (T-1st, 23), strikeouts (6th, 219), innings pitched (3rd, 206.0), opponent batting average (4th, .221), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (8th, 9.57) and ERA (8th)...ranked second in MLB in pitches per game (107.0), behind Chris Sale (107.1)...posted an average fastball velocity of 95.2 miles per hour (per Fangraphs, 4th in the AL)...had not thrown that consistently hard since the 2010 season (96.1 mph)...went on an incredible run starting at the beginning of July...over his last 16 starts (since July 8), went 10-3 with a 1.92 ERA (23ER/108IP), 127 strikeouts and a .173 opponent batting average...14 of those 16 starts were quality starts...in that span, ranked second in the AL in ERA, second in innings pitched and first in opponent batting average...made five starts with the Astros to end the regular season...finished the month of September with a 5-0 record and a 1.06 ERA...per Elias, since 1913 (the first year earned runs were kept in both leagues) only four other pitchers went 5-0 or better with an ERA below 2.00 in the month of September after being acquired from another team: LHP Art Nehf in 1919 (5-0, 1.36 ERA for the Giants), RHP Doyle Alexander in 1987 (5-0, 0.71 ERA for the Tigers), RHP Randy Johnson in 1998 (5-0, 1.41 ERA for the Astros) and RHP Doug Fister in 2011 (5-0, 0.53 ERA for the Tigers)...finished the season on a season-long, six-game winning streak (Aug. 30-Sept. 27)...was his longest winning streak since a career-long 12-game streak from July 21-Sept. 18, 2011...took a winning decision in each of his first five starts in an Astros uniform...the winning streak to start his Astros career ranked second in franchise history...trailed only RHP Roger Clemens (7, April 7-May 11, 2004)...had a dominant postseason, going 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA (9ER/36.2IP) across five starts and one relief appearance...earned the Esurance MLB Award for "Best Major Leaguer, Postseason," which he split with teammate Jose Altuve...his ERA ranked 12th all-time among AL pitchers in a single postseason (min. 30IP)...struck out 38 batters, which ranked as the ninthmost in Major League history in a single postseason...were the most since LHP Madison Bumgarner fanned 45 in 2014...was named the ALCS MVP after going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA (1ER/16IP) in two starts, striking out 21 while allowing only 10 hits and two walks...pitched an epic Game 2, tossing a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits with 13 strikeouts...made his ninth career Opening Day start with the Tigers...remained with the Tigers until Aug. 31, when he was traded to Houston in exchange for three prospects...took the win on April 4 against CWS, in what was his ninth career Opening Day start, all coming with the Tigers...nine Opening Day starts ranked third in Tigers history behind RHP Jack Morris (11) and RHP George Mullin (10)...gave up two runs on six hits across 6.1 innings in the Tigers 6-3 win...struck out 10 batters, which tied for the most by a Tigers pitcher on Opening Day since 1913, equaling the mark set by RHP Jean Dubuc in 1914 vs. the St. Louis Browns and LHP Mickey Lolich in 1966 at the New York Yankees and 1970 at the Washington Senators...on July 2 vs. CLE, snapped his streak of having struck out at least one batter in 331 consecutive games, which dated back to May 4, 2007...the streak ranked as the longest streak among active pitchers and was tied with RHP Curt Schilling for the sixth-longest streak among all pitchers since 1913...struck out 10 batters on Aug. 4 at BAL...was his 40th double-digit strikeout game with the Tigers, which ranked second in Tigers franchise history...trailed only LHP Mickey Lolich (54)...made his Astros debut on Sept. 5 at SEA...allowed just one run on six hits over six innings in the Astros 3-1 win...was the first start in his career that was not with the Tigers...in his second start with Houston, led the club to a 1-0 win over the Angels...pitched 8.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball...moved to 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA (1ER/14IP) and 16 strikeouts in two starts with the Astros...per Elias, only one other pitcher in Astros history went 2-0 with at least 16 strikeouts and an ERA as low as Verlander's over his first two starts with the team: RHP Collin McHugh in 2014 (2-0, 0.59 ERA, 19 SO)...on Sept. 17 vs. SEA, made his Minute Maid Park debut...allowed only one run off three hits and a walk over 7.0 innings in the Astros AL West Division clinching 7-1 win over Seattle...struck out 10 batters...it was his fourth double-digit strikeout performance and first with the Astros...was the third time that he earned the win in a playoff clinching situation...previously did it on Sept. 24, 2006 and Sept. 24, 2014 while with Detroit...pitched 7.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball on Sept. 22 vs. LAA at Minute Maid Park...struck out six batters and walked two in the Astros 3-0 victory...allowed one hit, which tied his lowest total of the year...in three starts from Sept. 12-22, allowed just four hits (23IP) for a .075 opponent batting average (5x67)...threw his fifth double-digit strikeout game on Sept. 27 at TEX (11 strikeouts)...was his final regular season start...pitched at least 6.0 innings in each of his last 14 starts ...was the longest active streak in the Majors...did not allow more than two runs in his final eight starts...went 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA (8ER/55IP) and 69 strikeouts in that span...recorded at least six strikeouts while walking three batters or less in each of his last 14 starts...was the second longest streak of his career, behind a 22-game run from June 25, 2011-April 21, 2012, and longest active streak by a Major League pitcher...won his first postseason appearance of the season in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. BOS...gave up two runs in 6.2 innings...moved to 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA (14ER/56.1IP) in nine career starts in the Division Series...became the second pitcher in MLB history to post a five-game winning streak in the Division Series...joined RHP John Smoltz, who went 7-0 in 16 career Division Series games from 1995-2009...made his first-ever relief appearance in the Major Leagues in Game 4 of the ALDS at BOS...got the win after throwing 2.2 innings of relief in Houston's 5-4 win to clinch the ALDS and advance to the ALCS... entered the game with one on and no outs in the 5th inning and gave up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced (Benintendi)...did not allow another hit over the rest of his outing, as he recorded eight outs to bridge the game over to RHP Ken Giles, who got a 2.0-inning save...marked the third time in his career that he pitched in a potential series clinching game in the postseason, and the first time in his career that he gave up a run in a potential series clinching game...improved to 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA (1ER/19.2IP), four walks and 21 strikeouts in those games...the other two games were starts in Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS at OAK, and Game 5 of the 2013 ALDS at OAK...threw a complete game in Game 2 of the ALCS vs. NYY...was the 14th postseason complete game with 13+ strikeouts in the Majors since 1903...last was RHP Tim Lincecum in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS...set a new personal postseason single game-high with 13 strikeouts...was his fifth game of 11-or-more strikeouts in his postseason career, breaking a tie with LHP Randy Johnson for the most such games in postseason history…124 pitches were the most in a postseason game since LHP Dallas Keuchel threw 124 in Game 3 of the 2015 ALDS vs. KC...led Houston to a 7-1 win, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings and allowing five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in Game 6 of the ALCS vs. NYY...improved to 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA (5ER/37.1IP) and 41 strikeouts in five career postseason starts in elimination games...extended his scoreless innings streak in elimination games to 24.0 total innings...became the first pitcher in MLB postseason history to throw three consecutive scoreless starts in elimination games...became the second pitcher in club history to throw at least 7.0 scoreless innings in an elimination game, joining RHP Brandon Backe (2005 World Series Game 4)...joined RHP John Smoltz as the only pitchers in MLB postseason history with three starts of at least 7.0 innings and zero runs in elimination games...notched his 11th career postseason win in Game 6 of the ALCS...struck out eight Yankees batters, giving him 21 strikeouts in the ALCS...became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to strike out 20 Yankees batters in a single postseason series, joining RHP Bob Gibson (31 in the 1964 World Series), RHP Curt Schilling (26 in the 2001 World Series) and RHP Sandy Koufax (23 in the 1963 World Series)...became the eighth pitcher in MLB history to get the win in each of his first four games of a single postseason...joined RHP Michael Wacha (2013), LHP Cole Hamels (2008), RHP Josh Beckett (2007), RHP Curt Schilling (2001), LHP David Wells (1998), RHP John Smoltz (1996) and RHP Dave Stewart (1989)...took the loss in Game 6 of the World Series, despite giving up only two runs across 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts...was his first loss as an Astro...following the 2017 season was named the NY Chapter of the BBWAA co-winner of the Babe Ruth Award as Postseason MVP...shared the honors with teammate Jose Altuve.
Started 34 games with the Tigers in 2016 and compiled a 16-9 record with a 3.04 ERA (227.2IP/77ER) and 254 strikeouts... Led the American League with 254 strikeouts, the most strikeouts he's had in a season since 2009 (269)…marked the fourth time in his career he has led the AL in strikeouts…his 254 strikeouts were the most by a pitcher in his age-33 season-or-older since Randy Johnson struck out 290 in 2004…had a career-high eight games with 10-or-more strikeouts, which were the most by a Detroit pitcher since Max Scherzer also had eight games with double-digit strikeouts in 2013... Led the AL with a 1.00 WHIP, which was the lowest WHIP he's had in a season since posting a 0.92 WHIP in 2011, while he ranked second in the AL with a 3.04 ERA, 227.2 innings pitched and a .207 (171x827) opponents batting average, tied for second with 34 games started, third with 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings, tied for fifth with two complete games and tied for sixth with 16 wins... Struck out at least one batter in all 34 starts during the season and has now recorded a strikeout in 314 consecutive games, which is the longest streak among active pitchers and the ninth-longest streak among all pitchers since 1913... Finished second in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the 2016 AL Cy Young Award... Named Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America...Selected the Tigers nominee for the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, which goes to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community most inspire others to higher levels of achievement...Picked up the third hit of his major league career with a single in the second inning on April 5 at Miami -- marked the first time a Tigers pitcher has recorded a hit on Opening Day since Mickey Lolich on April 6, 1971 vs. Cleveland… Verlander became the first AL pitcher to have a hit on Opening Day since Ken Holtzman and Bill Parsons in 1972...Tossed his first complete game of the season on May 13 at Baltimore, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings…also threw a complete game on July 30 vs. Houston... Struck out 10 batters on May 18 vs. Minnesota to reach the 2,000 career strikeout mark…struck out Eddie Rosario to end the fourth inning for his 2,000th strikeout, becoming the second pitcher in Tigers history to reach 2,000 strikeouts, joining Mickey Lolich, and the 76th in MLB history... Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May after starting six games during the month and posting a 2-3 record with a 3.16 ERA (42.2IP/15ER) and 46 strikeouts -- finished the month tied for the AL lead with 46 strikeouts, while he was second with 42.2 innings pitched and fourth with a .185 opponent batting average... Earned his 10th win of the season on July 25 at Boston, allowing a run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6.0 innings - marked the 10th time in his career he has won 10-or-more games, which is tied with Tommy Bridges for the fifth-most, 10-win seasons in Tigers history…only Hooks Dauss (14), Mickey Lolich (12), Jack Morris (11) and George Mullin (11) have more 10-win seasons in franchise history... Named the AL Player of the Month for July after compiling a 4-0 record with a 1.69 ERA (42.2IP/8ER) and 48 strikeouts -- led the AL with 48 strikeouts in July, while he was tied for the AL lead with 42.2 innings pitched, second with a .171 opponents batting average, tied for second with a 0.89 WHIP, third with a 1.69 ERA and tied for third with four wins... Allowed two runs-or-fewer in eight straight starts from July 2-August 10, which ranked as the second-longest streak of his career, trailing only a streak of nine straight starts from May 29-July 10, 2011... Threw a career-long 11 straight quality starts from July 15-September 5, which was the longest streak by an AL pitcher in 2016…led the AL with 27 quality starts in 2016... Picked up his 15th win of the season in the second game of the doubleheader on September 22 at Minnesota, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts - marked his eighth 15-win seasons as a member of the Tigers…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Verlander is one four pitchers who debuted in the era of free agency with eight 15-win seasons for one team, joining Jack Morris, who had 10 for the Tigers, Tom Glavine, who had nine for the Braves and Greg Maddux, who had 11 for the Braves... Selected Tigers Pitcher for the month of September after posting a 2-1 record with a 1.93 ERA (32.2IP/7ER), 24 hits allowed, 10 walks and 48 strikeouts in five starts - led the AL with 48 strikeouts in September, while he was third with a 1.93 ERA, sixth with a .203 (24x118) opponents baƫting average and eighth with a 1.04 WHIP... Finished the season by allowing three runs-or-fewer in 17 of his last 18 starts dating back to July 1…over the 18-start stretch, posted a 9-3 record with a 1.98 ERA (123.0IP/27ER), 81 hits allowed, 29 walks and 147 strikeouts…led the AL with a 1.98 ERA, 147 strikeouts, a .184 opponents batting average and a 0.89 WHIP during the stretch, while he was tied for the AL lead with 123.0 innings pitched... Lefthanded hitters posted a .187 (76x406) batting average, while righthanders batted .226 (95x421) against him... Went 10-5 with a 3.07 ERA (129.0IP/44ER) and 151 strikeouts in 19 starts at Comerica Park, while he was 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA (98.2IP/33ER) and 103 strikeouts in 15 road starts…ranked sixth in the AL with a 3.07 home ERA, while he was seventh with a 3.01 road ERA... Posted an 8-6 record with a 4.07 ERA (117.1IP/53ER) and 120 strikeouts in 18 starts prior to the All-Star break, while he went 8-3 with a 1.96 ERA (110.1IP/24ER) and 134 strikeouts in 16 starts following the All-Star break.
Completed his 10th season with the Tigers in 2015, starting 20 games and compiling a 5-8 record with a 3.38 ERA (133.1IP/50ER) and 113 strikeouts. Sidelined from April 8-June 13 with a right triceps strain. Began an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on May 31 -- made two rehab starts with the Mud Hens and had a 0-0 record with a 3.24 ERA (8.1IP/3ER), 10 hits allowed, two walks and 12 strikeouts. Reached the 2,000.0 career innings mark on July 5 vs. Toronto -- became the 11th pitcher in Tigers history to throw 2,000.0 innings. Named Tigers Pitcher of the Month for August after posting a 1-3 record with a 1.50 ERA (36.0IP/6ER) and 36 strikeouts in five starts -- ranked third in the AL in ERA during August, while he was fifth with a .177 opponents batting average and tied for ninth in strikeouts. Carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning on August 26 against the Los Angeles Angels and finished the game with a one-hit shutout, allowing two walks and nine strikeouts...the performance marked his 21st career complete game and his first since July 31, 2012 at Boston, while the shutout was the seventh of his career and first since May 18, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh. Allowed just one earned run over four starts from August 9-26, compiling a 0.31 ERA (29.0IP/1ER) -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the lowest ERA for Verlander over any four-start span in his major league career. Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for September after going 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA (41.1IP/15ER) and 33 strikeouts in six starts -- ranked second in the AL in innings pitched during September. Finished the season by recording a quality start in 12 of his last 14 starts -- over the 14-start stretch, he posted a 2.27 ERA (99.1IP/25ER) with 74 hits allowed, 20 walks and 91 strikeouts...his 2.27 ERA led all American League pitchers dating back to July 24. Posted a 2-6 record with a 4.04 ERA (71.1IP/32ER) and 62 strikeouts in 11 starts at Comerica Park...went 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA (62.0IP/18ER) and 51 strikeouts in nine starts on the road. Compiled a 0-2 record with a 5.34 ERA (30.1IP/18ER) and 18 strikeouts in five starts prior to the All-Star break...went 5-6 with a 2.80 ERA (103.0IP/32ER) and 95 strikeouts in 15 starts after the All-Star break. Held lefthanded hitters to a .216 (56-for-259) average, while righthanders batted .244 (57-for-234) against him.
Tabbed the Tigers Opening Day starter for the seventh straight year as he completed his ninth full season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2014...Recorded his eighth straight season with 200-or-more innings pitched -- joins James shields and Mark Buehrle as the only pitchers in the majors to toss 200-or-more innings for eight straight seasons...Won 15 games on the season to become one of five Tigers pitchers to record at least 15 wins in seven-or-more seasons...he joins Jack Morris (10 seasons), Mickey Lolich (eight seasons), Hal Newhouser (seven seasons) and Hooks Dauss (seven seasons) in accomplishing the feat...Rated as possessing the third-best curveball in the American League by Baseball America...Tabbed the Tigers nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the player that best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media...Compiled a 3-1 record, a 2.48 ERA (40.0IP/11er) and 31 strikeouts in six starts during March/April...Recorded a season-high four-game winning streak April 12-May 4 -- posted a 2.73 ERA (33.0IP/10er) and 33 strikeouts during the five-start stretch...Knocked the first two hits of his major league career on April 12 at San Diego -- finished the day 2x3 with a run scored to become the fourth pitcher in franchise history to have a multi-hit game since the start of Interleague play in 1997...Tossed a quality start in seven of his first eight starts to begin the season...Missed his scheduled start on August 16 versus Seattle due to right shoulder soreness...Notched the 150th win of his major league career on September 8 versus Kansas City to become the seventh active pitcher in the majors with 150 wins and the eighth pitcher in franchise history to win 150 games...Compiled a 3-1 record, a 3.89 ERA (34.2IP/15er) and 27 strikeouts in five starts during September...Limited lefthanded batters to a .239 (110x460) batting average...righthanded batters hit .321 (113x352) with him on the mound...Compiled a 7-5 record, a 4.21 erA (92.0IP/43er) and 60 strikeouts in 14 starts at home...posted a 8-7 record, a 4.82 ERA (114.0IP/61er) and 99 strikeouts in 18 starts on the road...Recorded an 8-8 record, a 4.88 ERA (129.0IP/70er) and 96 strikeouts in 20 starts prior to the All-star break...posted a 7-4 record, a 3.97 ERA (77.0IP/34er) and 63 strikeouts in 12 starts following the break. Underwent core muscle repair surgery on January 9 after sustaining an injury at the end of December performing his offseason conditioning program...the surgery was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia.
Selected to the American League's All-Star squad for the sixth time in his career as he completed his eighth full season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2013...Registered 217 strikeouts during the season, marking the fifth straight season he has fanned 200-or-more batters -- his streak of five straight seasons with 200-or-more strikeouts is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich did so in six straight seasons (1969-74)...Finished fourth in the American League with 217 strikeouts and 218.1 innings pitched...Surpassed 200.0 innings for Detroit for the seventh straight season, tossing 218.1 innings -- his streak of 200.0-or-more innings pitched is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris also did so in seven straight seasons from 1982-88...Rated as possessing the second-best curveball in the American League by Baseball America...Earned the nod as the Tigers starter on Opening Day on April 1 at Minnesota, marking the sixth consecutive season he has served as Detroit's Opening Day starter -- first Tigers pitcher to start six consecutive Opening Days since Jack Morris started 11 straight (1980-90)...Fanned 12 batters on April 18 at Seattle, his first of four starts on the season with a double-digit strikeout total -- struck out a season-high 13 batters on May 27 versus Pittsburgh, 12 batters on September 23 at Minnesota and 10 batters on September 29 at Miami...Posted a 3-2 record, and a 1.83 ERA (39.1IP/8ER) and 41 strikeouts in six starts during April -- ranked fifth in the American League with a 1.83 ERA, while he was tied for fifth with 41 strikeouts. ..Recorded a season-best four-game winning streak May 22-June 7-- posted a 4.85 ERA (25.0IP/14ER) and 33 strikeouts during that stretch...Compiled a 1-2 record, and a 2.27 ERA (39.2IP/10ER) and 48 strikeouts in six games during September -- ranked second in the American League with 48 strikeouts, while he was seventh with a 2.27 ERA...Limited lefthanded batters to a .237 (117x493) average...righties hit .275 (95x345) with him on the mound...Compiled a 6-7 record and a 3.73 ERA (111.0IP/46ER) and 97 strikeouts in 17 games at home...posted a 7-5 record and a 3.19 ERA (107.1IP/38ER) and 120 strikeouts in 17 games on the road...Posted a 10-6 record, and a 3.50 ERA (126.0IP/49ER) and 125 strikeouts prior to the All-Star break...compiled a 3-6 record and a 3.41 ERA (92.1IP/35ER) and 92 strikeouts in 14 games following the break...Did not allow a run, while striking out 21 in two starts (15.0IP) during the American League Division Series versus Oakland -- earned the win in Game Five of the American League Division Series for the second straight year...Compiled a 1-1 record and a 0.39 ERA (23.0IP/1ER) and 31 strikeouts in three starts during the postseason.
Selected to the American League's all-star squad for the fifth time in his career as he completed his seventh full seasonat the major league level with the Tigers in 2012 -- selected to start for the American League during the All-Star Game inKansas City...marked the 10th time a Tigers pitcher has been selected to start the game...Topped the American League with 238.1 innings pitched and 239 strikeouts, while he finished second with a 2.64 ERA, .217 batting average against, 7.25 hits per nine innings and 3.98 strikeouts per walk, tied for third with 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings and tied for fourth with 17 wins. Led the American League with six complete games -- marked the most complete games by a Tigers pitcher during a single season since Steve Sparks tossed eight complete games in 2001...Has led the American League in strikeouts in each of the last two seasons -- first Tigers pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons since Jim Bunning did so in 1959 and 1960...Posted 17 wins during the season, marking the sixth time during his career he has registered 17-or-more wins -- became the fifth pitcher in Tigers history with at least six seasons of 17-or-more wins...he has won 17-or-more games in each of his last four seasons, marking the longest such streak by a Tigers pitcher since Hal Newhouser posted six consecutive seasons with 17-or-more wins (1944-49)...Registered 239 strikeouts during the season, marking the fourth straight season he has fanned 200-or-more batters -- his streak of four straight seasons with 200-or-more strikeouts is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich did so in six straight seasons (1969-74)...Surpassed 200.0 innings for Detroit for the sixth straight season, tossing 238.1 innings -- his streak with 200.0-or-more innings pitched is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris did so in seven straight seasons (1982-88)...With 17 wins during the season, he passed Virgil Trucks (114), Denny McLain (117), Jim Bunning (118), Dan Petry (119) and Frank Lary (123) to move into 10th place in Tigers history with 124 wins...With 239 strikeouts during the season, he passed George Mullin (1,380) and Jim Bunning (1,406) to move into fifth place in Tigers history with 1,454 strikeouts...Named to The Sporting News' American League all-star squad following the season...Tabbed the best pitcher and rated as possessing the best fastball and curveball and second-best control in the American League by Baseball America...Earned the nod as the Tigers starter on Opening Day on April 5 versus Boston, marking the fifth consecutive season he has served as Detroit's Opening Day starter -- first Tigers pitcher to start five consecutive Opening Days since Jack Morris started 11 straight (1980-90)...worked eight shutout innings against the Red Sox in a no-decision that day, marking the first time a Tigers pitcher has worked eight-or-more shutout innings on Opening Day since Mickey Lolich went the distance in a 5-0 win at Washington on April 6, 1970...Made the 200th start of his major league career on April 5 versus Boston -- became the 19th pitcher in Tigers history to start at least 200 games for the club...Worked eight-or-more innings in each of his first three starts of the season April 5-16 -- first Tigers pitcher to do so sinceJack Morris opened the 1988 season by tossing eight-or-more innings in each of his first three starts...Fanned seven-or-more batters in each of his first four starts of the season April 5-21 -- joined Hal Newhouser and Mickey Lolich as the only Tigers pitchers since at least 1918 to have at least four straight starts with seven-or-more strikeouts to begin a season...Newhouser accomplished the feat in four starts to begin the 1946 season, while Lolich did so in his first five starts of the 1970 season...Compiled a season-high five-game winning streak April 16-May 18...Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for April -- compiled a 2-1 record, 2.41 ERA (37.1IP/10ER) and 35 strikeouts in five starts during the month...fourth in the American League with 35 strikeouts during April, while he finished eighth with a 2.41 ERA...Fired a one-hit shutout versus Pittsburgh on May 18 at Comerica Park, losing his no-hit bid on a single by Josh Harrison with one out in the ninth inning...Fanned 12 batters on May 18 versus Pittsburgh, his first of four starts during the season with a double-digit strikeout total -- struck out 14 batters on August 6 versus the New York Yankees, 12 batters on August 23 versus Toronto and 11 batters on September 2 versus the Chicago White Sox...Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May -- finished 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA (44.0IP/13ER) and 47 strikeouts in six starts during the month...second in the American League with 47 strikeouts during May, while he finished sixth with a 2.66 ERA...Posted a 3-2 record, 2.98 ERA (42.1IP/14ER) and 39 strikeouts in six starts during June -- tied for fourth in the American League with 39 strikeouts during the month...Worked five innings to register a complete game in a rain-shortened game on July 31 at Boston, marking the first time he did not work six-or-more innings in a start since August 17, 2010 -- tossed six-or-more innings in 63 straight starts August 22, 2010-July 26, 2012...marked the longest streak by a major league pitcher since Steve Carlton did so in 69 straight starts September 13, 1979-April 13, 1982...his streak of starts in which he worked six-or-more innings is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since at least 1918...Compiled a 3-2 record, 2.43 ERA (37.0IP/10ER) and 31 strikeouts in five starts during July -- fifth in the American League with a 2.43 ERA during the month. Equaled a career high with 14 strikeouts on August 6 versus the New York Yankees -- marked the most strikeouts by a Tigers pitcher versus the Yankees since Jim Bunning finished with 14 strikeouts against the club on June 20, 1958 at Briggs Stadium...Topped the American League with 46 strikeouts during August...Did not allow a run in 18.0 innings over a four-start stretch September 8-24...Shared American League Player of the Week honors for September 24-30 with Baltimore's Chris Davis -- won both of his starts during the week, posting a 1.20 ERA (15.0IP/2ER) and 16 strikeouts...Tabbed the American League Pitcher of the Month and Tigers Pitcher of the Month for September -- finished 5-1 with a 1.93 ERA (42.0IP/9ER) and 41 strikeouts in six starts during the month...led the American League with five wins and a 1.93 ERA during September, while he tied for the lead with 41 strikeouts...Finished 9-2 with a 1.65 ERA (114.2IP/21ER) in 15 starts at home -- led the American League with a 1.65 ERA at home...posted an 8-6 record and 3.57 ERA (123.2IP/49ER) in 18 starts on the road...Limited lefthanded hitters to a .213 batting average (106x497)...righties batted .222 (86x387) with him on the mound...Fanned 11 batters in both Game One (October 6) and Game Five (October 11) of the American League Division Series versus Oakland -- has posted a double-digit strikeout total in a post-season start three times during his career...he is the first pitcher in Tigers history with multiple double-digit strikeouts during post-season action...Struck out 11 batters as he fired a four-hit shutout in Game Five of the American League Division Series on October 11 at Oakland -- according the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined Sandy Koufax as the only two pitchers in major league history to toss a shutout with 10-or-more strikeouts in a series-deciding game of a post-season series...Koufax fanned 10 batters for the Dodgers as he blanked the Twins 2-0 on three hits in Game Seven of the 1965 World Series...Became the fourth pitcher in Tigers history to toss a shutout during post-season action as he blanked the Athletics in Game Five of the American League Division Series on October 11 at Oakland -- joined George Mullin (Game Four of 1909 World Series), Bobo Newsom (Game Five of 1940 World Series) and Joe Coleman (Game Three of 1972 American League Championship Series) in accomplishing the feat for Detroit.
Led all American League pitchers with 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts during the 2011 season to become justthe second Tigers pitcher to ever lead all three categories in a single season -- Hal Newhouser accomplished the featfor the Tigers in 1945...he is the first pitcher to lead the league in all three categories since Minnesota's Johan Santanadid so in 2006...Selected the American League Most Valuable Player and he was unanimously named the American League Cy Young Award winner -- became the seventh Tigers player to win the Most Valuable Player Award, joining Mickey Cochrane (1934), Hank Greenberg (1935, 1940), Charlie Gehringer (1937), Hal Newhouser (1944, 1945), Denny McLain (1968) and Guillermo Hernandez (1984)...became the third pitcher in Tigers history to win the Cy Young Award, joining McLain (1968, 1969) and Hernandez (1984)...became the 10th pitcher in major league history to win both the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards during the same season...joined Don Newcombe (1956), Sandy Koufax (1963), Bob Gibson (1968), McLain (1968), Vida Blue (1971), Rollie Fingers (1981), Hernandez (1984), Rogers Clemens (1986) and Dennis Eckersley (1992)...joined Newcombe to become only the second player in history to win the Most Valauable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards...Newcombe was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1949 and he earned both the National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards in 1956...Selected to the American League's all-star squad for the fourth time during his career...Tabbed The Sporting News' Player of the Year following the season -- first pitcher to win the award since Orel Hershiser did so with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988...Verlander is the first Tigers player to be selected the publication's major league player of the year since Denny McLain following the 1968 season...Selected to the Major League Baseball Player of the Year and the American League Outstanding Pitcher as part of the Players Choice Award balloting...Earned the Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan Award from the Negro League Baseball Museum as the American League's Pitcher of the Year...Topped the American League with an .828 winning percentage, 251.0 innings pitched, a .192 batting average against, 6.24 hits per nine innings and 8.39 baserunners per nine innings, while he tied for the lead with 34 games started, finished third with 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings and 4.39 strikeouts per walk, tied for fourth with four complete games, tied for fifth with two shutouts and tied for seventh with 2.0 walks per nine innings...His 24 wins tied him for the 10th-highest single-season total in Tigers history -- marked the most wins by a Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich finished with 25 victories during the 1971 season...Verlander is the first Tigers pitcher with 20-or-more wins during a season since Bill Gullickson won 20 games for the club in 1991...Marked the sixth time a Tigers pitcher led the American League in ERA -- became the fifth pitcher to accomplish the feat and the first since Mark Fidrych did so with a 2.34 ERA during the 1976 season...Registered 250 strikeouts during the season, marking the third straight season he has fanned 200-or-more batters -- his streak of three straight seasons with 200-or-more strikeouts is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich did so in six straight seasons (1969-74)...it marked Verlander's second season for the Tigers with 250-or-more strikeouts and he joins Lolich as the only two pitchers in club history to have multiple such seasons...Lolich fanned 250-or-more batters in three seasons during his Tigers career (1969, 1971 and 1972)...Surpassed 200.0 innings for Detroit for the fifth straight season, tossing 251.0 innings -- his streak with 200.0-or-more innings pitched is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris did so in seven straight seasons (1982-88)...His .192 batting average against and 6.24 hits per nine innings were the lowest by a Tigers pitcher in club history...With 250 strikeouts during the season, he passed Joe Coleman (1,000), Frank Lary (1,031), John Hiller (1,036), Virgil Trucks (1,046), Wild Bill Donovan (1,079), Denny McLain (1,150), Dizzy Trout (1,199) and Hooks Dauss (1,201) to move into seventh place in Tigers history with 1,215 strikeouts...Posted a 16-3 record when starting following a Tigers loss during the 2011 season -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the most wins by a major league pitcher following a loss by his team since Steve Carlton posted 19 such wins for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1972 season...Named to The Sporting News' American League all-star squad following the season...Tabbed the best pitcher and rated as possessing the best fastball, best curveball, third-best changeup and third-best pick-off move in the American League by Baseball America...Earned the nod as the Tigers starter on Opening Day on March 31 at New York's Yankee Stadium, marking the fourth consecutive season he has served as Detroit's Opening Day starter -- first Tigers pitcher to start four consecutive Opening Days since Jack Morris started 11 straight (1980-90)...fanned eight batters against the Yankees in a nodecision that day, marking the most strikeouts by a Tigers pitcher on Opening Day since Hideo Nomo also fanned eight batters on April 3, 2000 at Oakland...Recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career on April 22 versus the Chicago White Sox, fanning A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh inning -- became the 15th pitcher in Tigers history to compile 1,000 strikeouts...Shared American League Player of the Week honors for May 2-8 with Minnesota's Francisco Liriano after posting a 1-0 record and 1.50 ERA (15.0IP/3ER) in two starts...shared American League Player of the Week honors two more times during the season, June 13-19 with Tampa Bay's James Shields and September 12-18 with Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...won both of his starts June 13-19, posting a 0.50 ERA (18.0IP/1ER) and 17 strikeouts...did not allow a run in 15.0 innings of work as he won both of his starts September 12-18...Compiled an 18.0-inning scoreless streak over a three-start stretch May 2-13...Tossed the second no-hitter of his career on May 7 at Toronto, the seventh no-hitter in Tigers history -- joins Virgil Trucks as the only two pitchers in Tigers history with multiple no-hitters...Trucks threw two no-hitters for the Tigers during the 1952 season...according to STATS LLC, he is the 27th pitcher to record two career no-hitters in the American or National League...Compiled a nine-game winning streak May 7-June 30, posting a 1.54 ERA (87.2IP/15ER) over the 11-start stretch...Earned the win in seven straight starts May 29-June 30, while working seven-or-more innings and allowing two-orfewer runs -- he joined Frank Lary (September 1-29, 1956) as the only two Tigers pitchers since at least 1919 to work seven straight such outings...Worked seven-or-more innings and allowed two-or-fewer runs in nine straight starts May 29-July 10 -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he and Hal Newhouser are the only two Tigers pitchers in franchise history to have such a streak... Newhouser compiled his nine-game streak during the 1945 season...Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May after compiling a 3-0 record, 2.62 ERA (44.2IP/13ER) and 33 strikeouts in six starts...Fanned 10 batters on June 9 versus Seattle, his first of four starts with a double-digit strikeout total in 2011 -- struck out 12 batters on June 14 versus Cleveland, a career-high 14 batters on June 25 versus Arizona and 10 batters on August 11 at Cleveland...Garnered both American League and Tigers Pitcher of the Month honors for June -- finished 6-0 with a 0.92 ERA (49.0IP/5ER) and 54 strikeouts in six starts during the month...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first major league pitcher to post a 6-0 record and an ERA below 1.00 in a single month since Kenny Rogers did so with Texas in May of 2005...also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1913, when earned runs became an official American League statistic, the only other Tigers pitcher to win six-or-more games during a calendar month in which he posted an ERA below 1.00 was Frank Lary in September of 1956...Lary finished 7-0 with a 0.86 ERA (63.0IP/6ER) in seven starts during the month...topped all American League pitchers with six wins, a 0.92 ERA and 54 strikeouts during the month...Earned the win in 12 straight starts July 21-September 18, compiling a 2.28 ERA (87.0IP/22ER) -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his streak of 12 straight starts with a win established a Tigers record...surpassed wins in 11 straight starts by both Earl Whitehill (July 2-August 19, 1930) and Hal Newhouser (June 11-July 27, 1946)...the 12-game winning streak established a career best for Verlander and it marked the longest winning streak by a Tigers pitcher since Bobo Newsom compiled a 13-game winning streak April 25-July 13, 1940...marked the second streak in which Verlander won seven-or-more straight starts during the season and according to STATS LLC, he is the first major league pitcher to have two streaks of winning seven-or-more straight starts during a single season since Minnesota's Frank Viola did so during the 1988 season...he is the first Tigers pitcher to have two such streaks in a single season since Denny McLain did so for the club during the 1968 season...Tabbed the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for July after posting a 4-2 record, 1.99 ERA (45.1IP/10ER) and 48 strikeouts in six starts -- second in the American League with 48 strikeouts during the month, while he tied for third with four wins and finished seventh with a 1.99 ERA...Registered the 100th win of his career on August 11 at Cleveland -- became the 16th pitcher in Tigers history to earn 100 wins for the club...Recorded his 20th win of the season on August 27 at Minnesota -- became the first major league pitcher to record 20 wins prior to the end of August since Arizona's Curt Schilling did so in 2002...prior to Verlander, Toronto's Roger Clemens was the last American League pitcher with 20 wins prior to the end of August, doing so in 1997...Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for August -- finished 5-0 with a 3.12 ERA (34.2IP/12ER) and 40 strikeouts in five starts during the month...tied for the lead in the American League with five wins during the month, while he finished sixth with 40 strikeouts...Compiled a 17.0-inning scoreless streak over a three-start stretch September 7-18...Posted a 4-0 record, 2.55 ERA (35.1IP/10ER) and 32 strikeouts in five starts during September -- tied for fourth in the American League with four wins during the month, while he finished eighth with a 2.55 ERA and tied for ninth with 32 strikeouts...Limited lefthanded hitters to a .174 batting average (86x495)...righties batted .215 (88x409) against him...Finished 10-3 with a 2.37 ERA (117.2IP/31ER) in 16 starts at home -- fourth in the American League with a 2.37 ERA at home...posted a 14-2 record and 2.43 ERA (133.1IP/36ER) in 18 starts on the road -- second in the league with a 2.43 ERA on the road... Compiled a 12-4 record and 2.15 ERA (151.0IP/36ER) in 20 starts prior to the all-star break...posted a 12-1 record and 2.79 ERA (100.0IP/31ER) in 14 starts following the all-star break...Fanned 11 batters in Game Three of the American League Division Series on October 3 versus the New York Yankees -- marked the third-highest strikeout total by a Tigers pitcher during a single post-season game, trailing 14 strikeouts by Joe Coleman (1972 American League Championship Series) and 12 strikeouts by "Wild Bill" Donovan (1907 World Series)...marked the fifth time a Tigers pitcher has posted 10-or-more strikeouts during a post-season game.
Selected to the American League's all-star squad for the third time in his career during the 2010 season as he tied forfourth in the league with 18 wins for the Tigers....Tied for third in the American League with 224.1 innings pitched, while he finished fourth with 219 strikeouts, tied forfourth with 33 games started and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings, tied for fifth with four complete games, finishedseventh with 10.71 baserunners per nine innings, eighth with 7.62 hits per nine innings, ninth with a .228 battingaverage against and 10th with 3.08 strikeouts per walk....Selected to Baseball America's Second-Team Major League all-star squad following the season....Compiled 18 wins for the Tigers to mark the fifth straight season he has posted a double-digit win total -- first Tigerspitcher to post a double-digit win total in at least five straight seasons since Frank Tanana, who also did so in fivestraight seasons (1985-89)....Fanned 219 batters to mark the second consecutive season he posted 200-or-more strikeouts -- first Tigers pitcher with200-or-more strikeouts in consecutive seasons since Jack Morris did so in 1986 and 1987....Tossed 224.1 innings to mark the fourth straight season he surpassed the 200.0-inning mark for the Tigers -- his streakof four straight seasons with 200.0-or-more innings pitched is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris did soin seven straight seasons (1982-88) and Walt Terrell did so over the final four seasons of Morris' streak (1985-88)....Rated as possessing the best fastball and curveball in the American League by Baseball America....Earned the nod as the Tigers starter on Opening Day on April 5 at Kansas City, marking the third consecutive seasonhe has served as Detroit's Opening Day starter -- first Tigers pitcher to start three consecutive Opening Days since Mike Moore also started three straight (1993-95)....Tabbed the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May after compiling a 4-2 record, 2.64 ERA (44.1IP/13ER) and 41strikeouts in six starts -- tied for third in the American League with 41 strikeouts during the month, while he tied for fifthwith four wins and finished seventh with a 2.64 ERA....Struck out a season-high 11 batters on June 16 versus Washington -- equaled the high with 11 strikeouts on bothSeptember 12 versus Baltimore and September 24 versus Minnesota...posted a double-digit strikeout total in two otherstarts, fanning 10 batters on both July 3 versus Seattle and September 29 at Cleveland....Tied for third in the American League with four wins during June....Finished 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA (34.1IP/11ER) and 37 strikeouts in five starts during July -- tied for second in the AmericanLeague with 37 strikeouts during the month, while he tied for seventh with three wins and finished ninth with a 2.88ERA....Compiled a season-high five-game winning streak August 22-September 24, posting a 1.96 ERA (55.0IP/12ER) and 57strikeouts over the seven-start stretch....Tied for ninth in the American League with 38 strikeouts during August....Went the distance in back-to-back starts September 18 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox andSeptember 24 versus Minnesota -- first Tigers pitcher with back-to-back complete games since Mark Redman did soMay 21-27, 2002....Fanned 11 batters and did not issue a walk as he went the distance to earn the win on September 24 versus Minnesota-- marked the first time a Tigers pitcher picked up the win in a complete game effort as he did not allow a walk andfanned 10-or-more batters since Jack Morris accomplished the feat on August 13, 1983 versus the New York Yankees....Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for September after posting a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA (46.0IP/13ER) and 51strikeouts in six starts -- led the American League with 51 strikeouts during the month, while he tied for second withfour wins and finished seventh with a 2.54 ERA....Compiled a 12-3 record and 2.31 ERA (113.0IP/29ER) in 16 starts at home -- seventh in the American League with a2.31 ERA at home...his 12 wins at home established a Comerica Park single-season record...finished 6-6 with a 4.45ERA (111.1IP/55ER) in 17 starts on the road....Posted an 11-5 record and 3.82 ERA (115.1IP/49ER) in 18 starts prior to the all-star break...finished 7-4 with a 2.89ERA (109.0IP/35ER) in 15 starts following the all-star break.
Topped the American League with 269 strikeouts for the Tigers in 2009 as he was selected to the American League'sall-star squad for the second time in his career -- first Tigers pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts since Jack Morrisdid so in 1983 with 232 strikeouts...his total of 269 strikeouts marks the fifth-highest single-season total in Tigers history...Led the American League with 35 games started, 240.0 innings pitched and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while hetied for the league lead with 19 wins, finished third with 4.27 strikeouts per walk, fifth with 10.80 baserunners per nineinnings, tied for fifth with three complete games, sixth with a 3.45 ERA and 8.21 hits per nine innings, tied for sixth witha .243 batting average against and eighth with a .679 winning percentage...Established career highs with 19 wins, 35 games started, 240.0 innings pitched and 269 strikeouts...Tabbed the Tiger of the Year by Detroit's chapter of the BBWAA...According the Elias Sports Bureau, his 269 strikeouts marked the most by an American League pitcher since Boston'sPedro Martinez fanned 284 batters in 2000...his 269 strikeouts led all major league pitchers and he became the fourthTigers pitcher to lead the majors in strikeouts, joining Hal Newhouser (1944 and 1945), Virgil Trucks (1949) and MickeyLolich (1971)...His 19 wins marked the most by a Tigers pitcher since Bill Gullickson won 20 games for the club in 1991...His 240.0 innings pitched marked the most by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris worked 249.2 innings for the Tigersin 1990 -- became the first Tigers pitcher to lead the league in innings pitched since Morris did so with 293.2 inningspitched in 1983...Posted seven outings with 10-or-more strikeouts during the season -- marks the most such outings by a Tigerspitcher in a single season since Jack Morris also recorded 10-or-more strikeouts in seven games during the 1986season...Fanned eight-or-more batters in 20 of his starts during the season -- the 20 outings with eight-or-more strikeouts arethe most by a Tigers pitcher in a single season since at least 1954...Became the first Tigers pitcher to top 200 strikeouts in a season since Jeremy Bonderman fanned 202 batters in 2006...Rated as possessing the best fastball and curveball in the American League by Baseball America...Made his second career Opening Day start on April 6 at Toronto -- became the first Tigers pitcher to start consecutiveOpening Days since Jeff Weaver did so in both 2001 and 2002...Started the 100th game of his career on April 17 at Seattle...Equaled a career high with a seven-game winning streak April 27-June 10 -- compiled a 1.10 ERA (65.1IP/8ER) and81 strikeouts over the nine-start stretch...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Verlander was the first Tigers pitcher towin at least seven games with an ERA of 1.10-or-lower over a nine-start stretch since Doyle Alexander did so August20-September 27, 1987...Alexander went 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA (75.1IP/8ER) over a nine-start stretch in 1987... Recorded a quality start in nine straight outings April 27-June 10, the longest such streak by a Tigers pitcher sinceJustin Thompson also registered a quality start in nine straight games July 26-September 5, 1997...Compiled a 5-0 record, 0.85 ERA (42.1IP/4ER) and 60 strikeouts over a six-start stretch April 27-May 25 -- accordingto the Elias Sports Bureau, Randy Johnson was the only other active pitcher at the time to ever have a six-start stretchin which he won at least five times, had an ERA below 1.00 and struck out 60-or-more batters...Johnson accomplishedthe feat in four different seasons (1994, 1997, 1998 and 2000)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the third pitcher in Tigers history to strike out at least 60 batters overa six-start stretch as he did so April 27-May 25 -- Denny McLain accomplished the feat twice in 1968, while MickeyLolich did so in 1969 and 1971...Lolich holds the club record with 62 strikeouts over a six-start stretch May 23-June 25,1969...Won all three of his starts April 27-May 8, fanning 31 batters as he allowed just one run in 23.0 innings pitched --according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first pitcher in Tigers history to win three straight starts whileallowing only one run and fanning 30-or-more batters...Fanned 10-or-more batters in three straight starts May 3-14, marking the fifth time a Tigers pitcher has done so since at least 1954 -- Mickey Lolich accomplished the feat once in 1964 and twice in 1971, while Denny McLain pulled off thefeat in 1968...He struck out 35 batters over the three-start stretch May 3-14 and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joinedMickey Lolich as the only two pitchers in Tigers history with as many strikeouts over a three-start stretch -- Lolich fanned38 batters over a three-start stretch July 27-August 4, 1971 and he struck out 36 batters over a three-start stretch May23-June 9, 1969...Compiled a 19.0-inning scoreless streak over a three-start stretch May 3-14...Won back-to-back outings over Cleveland, May 3 at Comerica Park and May 8 at Progressive Field, posting a 0.64ERA (14.0IP/1ER) and 20 strikeouts -- according the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Tigers pitcher to winback-to-back starts with at least 20 strikeouts and no more than one run allowed over the two games since Jack Morrisdid so in July of 1986...Morris tossed back-to-back shutouts, fanning 23 batters over the two outings...Fired a two-hit shutout on May 8 at Cleveland -- marked his fourth career complete game and third career shutout...Established a career high with 13 strikeouts on May 14 at Minnesota -- marked the most strikeouts by a Tigers pitchersince Jeremy Bonderman fanned 14 batters on August 23, 2004 versus the Chicago White Sox...equaled the careerhigh with 13 strikeouts on July 29 at Texas...became the first Tigers pitcher with multiple games of 13-or-morestrikeouts since Mickey Lolich posted three such games during the 1971 season...Selected both the American League League Pitcher of the Month and Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May -- compileda 5-0 record, 1.52 ERA (41.1IP/7ER) and 56 strikeouts in six starts during the month...led the league with 56 strikeoutsduring May, while he tied for the lead with five wins, finished second with a 1.52 ERA and third with a .178 battingaverage against (26x146)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Verlander was the first major league pitcher to goundefeated in a month with as many as 56 strikeouts since Boston's Pedro Martinez did so in July of 2002...Martinezfinished 5-0 with 59 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched for the Red Sox that month...Jack Morris is the only other Tigerspitcher to ever have a month with such numbers as he finished 6-0 with 56 strikeouts in 54.0 innings pitched in Augustof 1983...prior to Verlander, Steve Sparks was the last Tigers pitcher to earn American League Pitcher of the Monthhonors, doing so is August of 2000...Went the distance to earn the win over the White Sox on June 10 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field -- fanned ninebatters in the win to bring his season total to 106 through his first 13 starts of the season...according to the Elias SportsBureau, he tied the franchise record for the fewest games to reach 100 strikeouts in a season, matching Mickey Lolichin 1969...Lolich fanned 103 batters in his first 13 outings (12 starts) of the 1969 season...Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for June after he finished 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA (34.0IP/11ER) in five starts --sixth in the American League with 34 strikeouts during the month...Fanned 11 batters and did not issue a walk on July 7 versus Kansas City -- became the first Tigers pitcher to strike outat least 10 batters and not issue a walk since Jeff Robinson fanned 10 and did not issue a walk on June 20, 1988against the New York Yankees...Posted six strikeouts on July 18 against New York at Yankee Stadium to run his season total to 155 strikeouts in hisfirst 20 starts of the season -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 155 strikeouts established a Tigers record forthe most strikeouts by a pitcher in his first 20 outings of the season...eclipsed the old mark of 151 strikeouts establishedby Mickey Lolich in 1969...Tossed his third complete game of the season on July 24 versus the Chicago White Sox -- did not allow a run as heloaded the bases with no one out in the ninth inning and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time amajor league starting pitcher pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the ninth inning-or-later withoutallowing a run since Seattle's Mike Moore did so in Kansas City on September 16, 1985...marked his second completegame of the season against the White Sox and he became the first Tigers pitcher with two complete games in aseason against the same team since Mark Redman went the distance twice against the Indians in 2002...Did not issue a walk as he matched a career high with 13 strikeouts on July 29 at Texas -- became the first Tigerspitcher to fan at least 13 batters and not issue a walk in a game since Mickey Lolich did so on July 31, 1971 versusCalifornia...Lolich fanned 14 batters as he failed to walk a batter in 12.0 innings of work...Finished 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA (42.0IP/12ER) in six starts during July to earn Tigers Pitcher of the Month honors -- ledthe American League with 48 strikeouts during July, while he tied for second with four wins and finished seventh witha 2.57 ERA...Fanned 10 batters on August 19 versus Seattle...Third in the American League with 43 strikeouts during August...Recorded 11 strikeouts on September 24 at Cleveland...Compiled a 3-2 record and 3.74 ERA (43.1IP/18ER) in six starts during September -- topped the American League with49 strikeouts during the month, while he tied for eighth with three wins...Limited righthanded batters to a .237 batting average (94x397) -- 10th-lowest batting average against righthandedbatters in the American League...lefties hit .248 (125x505) with Verlander on the mound...Compiled a 10-2 record and 2.81 ERA (115.1IP/36ER) in 16 starts at home -- third in the American League with a 2.81ERA at home...his 10 wins equaled his own Comerica Park single-season record (also won 10 games in 2007)...finished 9-7 with a 4.04 ERA (124.2IP/56ER) in 19 starts on the road...Posted a 10-4 record and 3.38 ERA (122.1IP/46ER) in 19 starts prior to the all-star break -- fanned 149 batters prior tothe all-star break, marking the most by a Tigers pitcher prior to the all-star break since Mickey Lolich posted 156strikeouts in 1972...finished 9-5 with a 3.52 ERA (117.2IP/46ER) in 16 starts following the all-star break.
Started a career-high 33 games during his third full season with the Tigers in 2008 -- tied for fifth in the American League with the 33 games started...Led the American League with 17 losses, while he finished third with 14 hit batsmen, tied for third with 87 walks and tied for fifth with 108 earned runs allowed...Second in the league with 106.9 pitches per game...Made his first career Opening Day start on March 31 versus Kansas City -- did not figure in the decision after allowing four runs in six innings of work...Suffered a loss in four straight starts April 27-May 14, establishing a career-long losing streak -- matched the career longfour-game losing streak twice during the season, July 26-August 11 and August 27-September 20...His loss on May 14 at Kansas City dropped his record to begin the season to 1-7 -- according the Elias Sports Bureau,he became the fourth pitcher to start a season with a 1-7 record (or worse) following a season in which the pitcher was at least 12 games over the .500 mark...Verlander joined Eddie Cicotte in 1918 (28-12 in 1917), Jim Kaat in 1967 (25-13 in 1966) and Luis Tiant in 1969 (21-9 in 1968)...Went the distance on June 11 versus the Chicago White Sox -- limited the White Sox to one run on four hits...Compiled a season-best six-game winning streak June 11-July 20, compiling a 2.30 ERA (54.2IP/14ER) over the eight start stretch...Limited opponents to two earned runs-or-fewer in eight straight starts June 11-July 20, marking the second-longestsuch streak by an American League pitcher in 2008 -- Oakland's Justin Duchscherer's stretch of 11 straight starts May 24-July 20 was the only such streak longer than Verlander's...Verlander's streak was the longest by a Tigers pitcher during a single season since Dave Rozema also posted eight straight starts June 2-July 16, 1977...Fanned a season-high 10 batters on June 22 at San Diego -- marked the fourth time during his career he has posted 10-or-more strikeouts...Posted a 2-1 record and 2.73 ERA (33.0IP/10ER) in five starts during June -- fifth in the American League with a .197 batting average against (24x122) during June, while he tied for eighth with 34 strikeouts...Dropped eight of his 10 decisions over an 11-start stretch July 26-September 20, compiling a 6.98 ERA (59.1IP/46ER)...Tied for the lead in the American League with four wins during July, while he tied for seventh with 35 strikeouts...Finished 1-3 with a 7.13 ERA (24.0IP/19ER) in five starts during September -- his 7.13 ERA marked the highest ERA he has compiled in any single month during his major league career...Compiled a 7-9 record and 4.15 ERA (128.0IP/59ER) in 20 starts prior to the all-star break...finished 4-8 with a 6.04 ERA (73.0IP/49ER) in 13 starts following the all-star break.
Completed his second full season at the major leaguelevel with the Tigers, leading the club's pitching staff with18 wins, 201.2 innings pitched and 183 strikeouts...Led the American League with a .750 winning percentage,while he finished fifth with a .233 batting averageagainst and 8.08 hits per nine innings, tied for sixth with18 wins, eighth with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings and10th with 183 strikeouts...Selected to the American League's all-star squad, hisfirst career selection...Won 18 games for the Tigers -- according the EliasSports Bureau, he became the sixth pitcher to win at least17 games in the season after winning the Rookie of theYear award...joins Don Newcombe (1950), Herb Score(1956), Gary Peters (1964), Fernando Valenzuela (1982)and Dwight Gooden (1985) in accomplishing the feat...Became the first Tigers pitcher to post at least 17 winsin consecutive seasons since Jack Morris did so in backto-back seasons in 1986-87...Received 7.32 runs per nine innings, tops in theAmerican League...Rated as possessing the best fastball and second-bestcurveball in the American League by Baseball America...Recorded a quality start in each of his first four starts ofthe season April 6-22 -- along with Jeremy Bonderman, itmarked the first time a Tigers pitcher had done so sinceSteve Sparks posted a quality start in each of his first fourstarts April 3-19, 2002...Held the opposition to three earned runs-or-fewer ineach of his first 10 starts April 6-May 26 -- longest suchstreak by a Tigers pitcher to begin the season since DavidWells did so in 12 straight starts to open the 1993 season...Seventh in the American League with a .208 battingaverage against (22x106) during April, while he was 10thwith a 2.79 ERA (29.0IP/9ER)...Won four straight starts May 4-20, compiling a 2.57ERA (28.0IP/8ER)...Finished 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA (39.0IP/17ER) in sixstarts during May -- tied for second in the AmericanLeague with four wins during the month...Ejected from the dugout by second base umpire GregGibson on June 2 at Cleveland -- marked his first careerejection...Did not allow a run in 17.0 innings over a three-startstretch June 6-17...Won four straight starts June 6-23, posting a 1.24 ERA(29.0IP/4ER)...Fired the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history onJune 12 versus Milwaukee, the sixth no-hitter in Tigershistory -- fanned a career-best 12 batters in theouting...first no-hitter in club history since Jack Morris onApril 7, 1984 against the Chicago White Sox at ComiskeyPark and the first no-hitter thrown by a Tigers pitcher inDetroit since Virgil Trucks on May 15, 1952 versusWashington at Briggs Stadium...Earned American League Player of the Week honorsfor June 11-17, marking the second time he has garneredthe award -- became just the second Tigers pitcher to capturethe honor more than once, joining Jack Morris whoearned the award three times with Detroit...won both ofhis starts during the week, compiling a 1.80 ERA(15.0IP/3ER) and fanning 18 batters...Fanned 11 batters on June 23 at Atlanta -- posted athird game with double-digit strikeouts on September 1 atOakland, striking out 10 batters...first Tigers pitcher topost three games with double-digit strikeout totals in aseason since both Jack Morris and Jeff Robinson did sothree times during the 1988 season...Garnered Tigers Pitcher of the Month honors for Juneafter compiling a 4-1 record and 2.65 ERA (34.0IP/10ER)in five starts -- led all American League pitchers with a.168 batting average against (20x119) during the month,while he tied for second with four wins, finished sixth with40 strikeouts and 10th with a 2.65 ERA...Tied for 11th in the American League with 30 strikeoutsduring July -- posted a 2-1 record and 4.50 ERA(32.0IP/16ER) in five starts during the month...Won six of his seven decisions over a seven-startstretch August 11-September 12, compiling a 3.07 ERA(44.0IP/15ER) over the seven-start stretch...Tabbed the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for Septemberafter compiling a 4-1 record and 3.20 ERA (39.1IP/14ER)in six starts -- tied for second in the American League with four wins during the month, while he finished sixth with 37strikeouts and tied for seventh with 39.1 innings pitched...Compiled a 10-3 record and 3.14 ERA (109.0IP/38ER)in 17 starts prior to the all-star break -- third in theAmerican League with a .213 batting average against(86x403) before the break, while he tied for fourth with 10wins and finished seventh with a 3.14 ERA...finished 8-3with a 4.27 ERA (92.2IP/44ER) in 15 starts following thebreak -- tied for sixth in the league with eight wins following the break, while he tied for eighth with 86 strikeouts...Posted a 10-3 record and 3.74 ERA (106.0IP/44ER) in17 starts at Comerica Park -- his 10 wins are the most bya pitcher during a single season at Comerica Park...went8-3 with a 3.57 ERA (95.2IP/38ER) in 15 starts on theroad...Topped all American League pitchers with 17 wildpitches and 19 hit batsmen.
Registered 17 wins for the Tigers during his rookie campaign, the most wins by a Tigers rookie pitcher sinceMark Fidrych won 19 games in 1976...established a franchise record for rookie righthanded pitchers with 124strikeouts...Named the American League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA, becoming the fourth Tigers player to earn thehonor and the first since Lou Whitaker in 1978...named the American League Rookie of the Year by The SportingNews and Major League Rookie of the Year by Baseball America
...tabbed the American League OutstandingRookie in the Players Choice Award balloting...Tabbed the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association Tigers Rookie of the Year...Selected to the TOPPS Rookie All-Star squad...Tied for fourth in the American League with 17 wins, while he tied for seventh with a 3.63 ERA...Led all league rookies with 17 wins, 30 games started and 186.0 innings pitched, while he was second with 124 strikeouts...Second among all league pitchers with eight pick-offs... Rated as possessing the second-best fastball in the American League by Baseball America
...Earned his first major league win on April 8 at Texasafter blanking the Rangers on two hits over seven innings...Finished 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA (30.2IP/12ER) in fivestarts during April -- tied for sixth in the league with a .211 batting average against (24x114) during the month, whilehe tied for ninth with three wins...Posted a 20.0-inning scoreless streak over a three start stretch May 17-27 -- longest such streak by a Tigers rookie pitcher since Victor Santos posted a 25.0-inning scoreless streak April 11-May 18, 2001...Fired a five-hit shutout on May 22 at Kansas City, becoming the first Tigers rookie to toss a shutout sinceAndy Van Hekken did so on September 3, 2002 versus Cleveland...Shared American League Player of the Week honorsfor May 22-28 with Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford -- won both of his starts during the week, posting a 0.56 ERA (16.0IP/1ER)...joined Tony Clark (1996) as only the second club rookie to earn the honor...Tabbed the American League Rookie of the Month for May after posting a 4-1 record and 1.73 ERA (36.1IP/7ER) in five starts -- tied for second in the leaguewith four wins during the month, while he was third with a 1.73 ERA...Won seven straight decisions June 17-August 1, compiling a 1.93 ERA (51.1IP/11ER) over the eight-start stretch...Worked six-or-more innings, while limiting the oppositionto one run-or-fewer in five straight starts June 28-July 26 -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was first thefirst rookie pitcher dating back to 1973 in the American League to post such a streak...New York's DwightGooden was the last National League rookie pitcher to do so, accomplishing the feat in 1984...Established a career high with eight strikeouts on July 26 at Cleveland...Led all American League pitchers with a 1.01 ERA (26.2IP/3ER) in four starts during July -- second among league pitchers with a .175 batting average against (17x97) during the month, while he tied for 10th with three wins...Dropped five of his final eight decisions August 11-September 24 -- posted a 5.86 ERA (50.2IP/33ER) over the nine-start stretch...Registered an 8-3 record and 3.31 ERA (87.0IP/32ER) in 14 starts at Comerica Park -- 10th among all league pitchers with a 3.31 ERA at home...finished 9-6 with a 3.91 ERA (99.0IP/43ER) in 16 starts on the road...Compiled a 10-4 record and 3.01 ERA (110.2IP/37ER) in 17 starts prior to the all-star break -- tied for fourth in theAmerican League with 10 wins before the break, while he was fifth with a 3.01 ERA...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Tigers rookie pitcher to reach 10 wins prior to the all-star break (dating back to the inception of the game in 1933)...finished 7-5 with a 4.54 ERA (75.1IP/38ER) in 13 starts after the all-star break...Made his first post-season start in Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Yankees on October 5, becoming the first Tigers rookie pitcher to start a post-season game since Ed Summers started Game Four of the 1908 World Series against the Chicago Cubs...Earned the win in Game Two of the American League Championship Series on October 11 at Oakland -- accordingto the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Tigers rookie pitcher to earn the win as a starter in the post-season.
Received his first major league action with the Tigers in 2005, making two spot starts...Recalled by the Tigers from Double A Erie to start the night game of a day-night doubleheader July 4 at Cleveland -- took the loss in his major league debut after allowing four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings...Optioned back to Erie following the start, only to returnto start in a similar situation for Detroit on July 23 versus Minnesota -- suffered the loss in that start as well afterallowing five runs on eight hits in six innings pitched...Returned to Erie after being optioned back by the Tigers following his start on July 23.