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35 Justin Verlander SP

Detroit Tigers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
92%59%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
206.015-1204.5415965
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014DET15124.5432320000206.0223114104181865159

Player Updates

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Tigers SP Justin Verlander not quite ready to change approach
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said he's not sure yet if it's time to change his approach after posting a 4.54 ERA in 2014.

"I think it's a little unfair to judge on last season," he said Wednesday, per MLive.com. "I think it's a different story if I go out there this year and it's the same thing. ... I'm not going to judge changing my entire career based on an injury that plagued me last year. I don't think that's the right way to approach things."

Verlander couldn't prepare for the 2014 season as he usually does last offseason since he was coming off core muscle surgery.

"A couple of my off-speed pitches -- my curveball and slider specifically -- against righties, neither one of those pitches were good at all last year," Verlander said. "They just didn't have the same bite. I've already seen a pretty dramatic difference in my curveball. I haven't thrown any sliders yet, but the curveball seems to be a lot better already than it was at any point last year."

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Tigers' Justin Verlander receiving positive reports after latest session
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and has been receiving positive reports from catcher James McCann after his latest bullpen session on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"All bullpen long, he was hitting his spots," McCann said. "I was very impressed. That's a really good sign three days before camp even starts."

Verlander will turn 32 in the next few days, and is seeking a bounce-back campaign. General manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the Tigers are expecting big things from Verlander in 2015 after he went 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA in 2014.

"I talked to some of the trainers that have been down here, and they say he's throwing very well," said pitching coach Jeff Jones, who also attended Verlander's session. "He's very optimistic. He looks good, and that's the thing. He put on some weight, some good, strong weight."

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Tigers' Justin Verlander throwing bullpen sessions ahead of camp
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is already throwing two bullpen sessions a week in preparation for spring training. Which, for Verlander, is not all that uncommon. Except, last season, Verlander could not do so, because he was still recovering from a core muscle injury that required surgery.

"Last year I hadn't even picked up a ball at this point," he said Friday according to The Detroit News.

Verlander finished 2014 with a 15-12 record in 206 innings with a 4.54 ERA and 159 strikeouts.

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Tigers' Dombrowski expecting 'real big season' for Justin Verlander
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said last week this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years.

Apparently, the optimism doesn't end with Verlander. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the Tigers are expecting big things from Verlander in 2015 after he posted a 4.54 ERA in 2014, failing to make the All-Star team for the first time in six seasons.

"Justin Verlander is as prime a pitcher as there is in the game of baseball," Dombrowski said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Last year, he was not the traditional Justin. But when you look at what he came back from with the surgery, I think he's going to go out and have a real big season for us."

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Tigers' Verlander is feeling great physically as camp approaches
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said Thursday this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years. Verlander dealt with some shoulder issues in 2014 after undergoing core muscle surgery near his left hip last offseason.

"I've added 20 pounds of muscle," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I busted my butt in the weight room. And my pitching motion already feels a lot more fluid now than it did a year ago. It was great having an uninterrupted offseason of training and conditioning. At this same time a year ago, I was barely a few days removed from having (core muscle) surgery."

Verlander knew he was going to face a challenging season in 2014 after he talked with Ian Kinsler and former teammate Torii Hunter, who both said it took them a full year to fully regain their lower-body strength after having similar procedures.

"I didn't want to use that as an excuse," Verlander said. "I didn't want to talk about it because there was nothing I could do about it. I just had to work through it and do the best that I could to get out there and pitch. But I was a twisted mess last season. I couldn't generate the power I needed from my hips and lower body. My strength doesn't come from my arm. But I've got no problem talking about it now because I know it's in the past."

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Starting Pitchers 78 104 35.44
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Baltimore 14.011 4.50057
vs LHB 122.200 3.38045101
vs RHB 83.100 6.2602058
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
8/29@CHW1007.09128
9/3@CLE0106.29617
9/8KC1007.06414
9/14CLE0005.26336
9/19@KC1007.17104
9/24CHW1008.07106
10/3@BAL0005.06314
Two Week Schedule
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Fantasy Points by Week
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2005DET02 7.15220000 11.115991157
2006DET179 3.6330301100 186.0187787521660124
2007DET186 3.6632321100 201.21818882201967183
2008DET1117 4.8433331000 201.0195119108181487163
2009DET199 3.4535353100 240.0219999220663269
2010DET189 3.3733334000 224.1190898414671219
2011DET245 2.4034344200 251.0174736724357250
2012DET178 2.6433336100 238.1192817019560239
2013DET1312 3.4634340000 218.1212948419475217
2014DET1512 4.5432320000 206.022311410418565159
Total 15289 3.53298298206001978.01788844775174696101830
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2005DET2000000000 --- --- ---
2006DET30100000000 .000 .000 .000
2007DET32400000300 .000 .000 .000
2008DET33500000300 .000 .000 .000
2009DET35200000100 .000 .000 .000
2010DET33400000300 .000 .000 .000
2011DET34400000300 .000 .000 .000
2012DET33400000100 .000 .000 .000
2013DET34200000100 .000 .000 .000
2014DET32612000000 .333 .333 .333
Total 29832120001500 .063 .063 .063
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2005DETP2252210 .800
2006DETP303038112434 .921
2007DETP323224717001.000
2008DETP33333372421 .939
2009DETP353536142024 .944
2010DETP333351153423 .961
2011DETP343450123352 .900
2012DETP333353252443 .925
2013DETP343438191725 .947
2014DETP323239102362 .846
Total  2982983671222182724 .926
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2005DET01511 1.3610001 .31354 16.7 .4790
2006DET1196202 1.0715815 .266776 12.2 .4140
2007DET3186230 0.85412217 .233866 11.9 .3580
2008DET8182239 0.8289236 .254880 13.3 .3770
2009DET5172252 0.72916348 .243982 10.8 .3690
2010DET0206233 0.922473211 .228925 10.7 .3390
2011DET0217268 0.85105227 .192969 8.4 .3130
2012DET2231229 1.08164112 .217956 9.7 .3310
2013DET1177240 0.80214313 .253925 12.0 .3760
2014DET1188253 0.81134015 .275893 12.8 .4260
Total 2117702157 0.8810755241765 .2398226 11.2 .3660
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2006DET12 5.82440000 21.2261714501023
2011DET21 5.31440000 20.1191212211025
2012DET31 2.22441100 28.1167740629
2013DET11 0.39330000 23.0101110331
2014DET00 5.40110000 5.06331014
Total 75 3.3916161100 98.177403713130112
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2005 AA-Erie20 0.2877000 32.2111111732
2005 A-Lakeland92 1.671313200 86.07019163719104
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/225
Birthdate:
2/20/1983
Age:
32
Hometown:
Manakin-Sabot, VA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Detroit Tigers
College:
Old Dominion
MLB Experience:
10
Awards:

2006: AL Rookie of the Year
2009: AL Strike Out Leader
2011: AL Most Valuable Player;AL Cy Young;AL ERA Leader;AL Strike Out Leader
2012: AL Strike Out Leader
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