Verlander pitched a gem, allowing one run on two hits, striking out nine and walking two over eight innings, but took a no-decision against the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander seems to have regained his strikeout mojo. Verlander had 13 swing-and-miss, and he has 19 punchouts in his last 15.0 frames. He now has 139 strikeouts in 132.1 innings. Verlander is also 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. His next start will be Monday against the Red Sox.
Verlander (9-6) allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings to earn the win Friday against the Royals. Verlander was in line for a loss as he left with a 2-1 deficit, but the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to help him earn his ninth win of the year. He's now held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in each of his last three starts to move his ERA to 3.91, the lowest it's been all year. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Twins.
Verlander (8-6) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, six hits and four walks while striking out five in Thursday's no-decision against the Blue Jays. After a nine-game stretch in which the righty pitched into the seventh inning each start, Verlander has now failed to make it past the sixth for the second time in three starts. The main factor for Thursday's sixth-inning exit was his lack of control. Verlander threw just 65 of his 103 pitches for strikes, while setting a season high for walks. He'll hit the break sporting a 4.07 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 120:33 K:BB.
Verlander was solid Saturday against the Rays, allowing just four hits and one walk, and striking out eight in a 3-2 win. He gave up two runs, one of which was earned. It was a nice rebound for Verlander who had been hit hard his last time out. He held the Rays to two sacrifice flies -- one in the fourth inning and the other in the sixth. But he was his own worst enemy on the first run because of an errant pickoff throw. Verlander moves to 8-6 with a 1.10 WHIP.
Verlander (7-6) got hammered Sunday, allowing eight runs on nine hits (including four home runs) and two walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Indians. He held Cleveland off the board his first time through the order, but then gave up a couple runs in the fourth inning and all four homers in the fifth before getting chased. It's actually the first time Verlander has allowed that many homers in a game (forget about a single inning) since September 2007. He'll try to get back on track Saturday in Tampa.