Justin Verlander Houston Astros

Age: 37 (February 20, 1983) | 6' 5" | 225lbs. | Throws: Right P-34
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
DET AL 2006 17 9 0 0 30 30 186.0 187 21 60 124 3.63 1.33 1.34 2.9 6.0 .293 n/a 20
DET AL 2007 18 6 0 0 32 32 201.2 181 20 67 183 3.66 1.23 1.21 3.0 8.2 .294 n/a 25 23
DET AL 2008 11 17 0 0 33 33 201.0 195 18 87 163 4.84 1.40 1.32 3.9 7.3 .305 n/a 1 6
DET AL 2009 19 9 0 0 35 35 240.0 219 20 63 269 3.45 1.18 1.17 2.4 10.1 .328 n/a 31 30
DET AL 2010 18 9 0 0 33 33 224.0 190 14 71 219 3.38 1.17 1.10 2.9 8.8 .299 n/a 26 25
DET AL 2011 24 5 0 0 34 34 251.0 174 24 57 250 2.40 0.92 0.95 2.0 9.0 .247 40/18/42 52 44
DET AL 2012 17 8 0 0 33 33 238.0 192 19 60 239 2.65 1.06 1.05 2.3 9.0 .286 42/22/36 35 33
DET AL 2013 13 12 0 0 34 34 218.0 212 19 75 217 3.47 1.32 1.28 3.1 9.0 .327 38/23/39 12 17
DET AL 2014 15 12 0 0 32 32 206.0 223 18 65 159 4.54 1.40 1.37 2.8 6.9 .327 40/20/41 -1 5
DET AAA 2015 0 0 0 0 2 2 8.1 10 0 2 12 3.24 1.44 1.32 2.2 13.0 .465 n/a
DET AL 2015 5 8 0 0 20 20 133.0 113 13 32 113 3.38 1.09 1.12 2.2 7.6 .276 35/20/46 11 12
DET AL 2016 16 9 0 0 34 34 227.1 171 30 57 254 3.05 1.00 1.08 2.3 10.1 .267 34/19/48 34 34
DET AL 2017 10 8 0 0 28 28 172.0 153 23 67 176 3.82 1.28 1.28 3.5 9.2 .296 34/24/42 11 14
HOU AL 2017 5 0 0 0 5 5 34.0 17 4 5 43 1.06 0.65 0.75 1.3 11.4 .197 32/20/48 14 11
HOU AL 2018 16 9 0 0 34 34 214.0 156 28 37 290 2.52 0.90 1.01 1.6 12.2 .290 29/20/51 42 40
HOU AL 2019 21 6 0 0 34 34 223.0 137 36 42 300 2.58 0.80 0.95 1.7 12.1 .235 36/19/45 55 49
HOU AL 2020 1 0 0 0 1 1 6.0 3 2 1 7 3.00 0.67 1.08 1.5 10.5 .092 62/0/38 398 287
Career 16yrs 226 129 0 0 454 454 2986.1 2538 310 851 3013 3.33 1.13 1.15 2.6 9.1 .292 n/a
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It's a victory for real baseball!

The notion that starting pitchers can't be the most valuable player on the team, hence in the league, is nuts. And even so, there are nutty sportswriters. One writer left Verlander off the ballot altogether, which is akin to the writer in Boston who left Ted Williams off the ballot in 1941 because he didn't like him.

Or close.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 22 '11
It's a victory for WAR, no?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 21 '11
What's done is done. Verlander with a relatively slim victory over Ellsbury and Bautista with Granderson stealing 4th over Miguel Cabrera. Each got first place votes, but it was first place votes that carried the award for Verlander.

Player Points 1st Place Votes
Justin Verlander,280 13
Jacoby Ellsbury,242 4
Jose Bautista, 231 5
Curtis Granderson,215 3
Miguel Cabrera, 193 2

Back in August I suggested the Verlander might sneak in if there was a split ballot among the hitters. He receive a plurality, but not a majority of first place votes. It was the fact that so many hitters were nearly identical in value and Granderson was highly regarded that won the Award for Verlander, who was clearly the best pitcher and in some WAR calculations was equal to his offensive competitors.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 21 '11
Bautista accumulated 1,219 innings played in the field, and the stats say he was OK, with a positive defensive WAR.

The stats also say he played a solid 3B in his 25 games at the hot corner. Maybe the Jays should keep him there in 2012?
Keith Cromer Slyke
Nov 16 '11
But, Bautista was also involved in plays in the field. Of course he probably didn't contribute positively there. He may have missed balls that other outfielders turned into outs.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 16 '11
The chief determinant of wins and losses is the battle between the pitcher and the hitter. Verlander has many more of these battles than Bautista, is what I'm saying.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 16 '11
But weren't you arguing (under Trumbo, I think) that the game is all about wins and losses? Verlander only had a chance to impact 34 Tigers games this year. He did nothing for them in the other 128 they played.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 16 '11
PA for Bautista: 655

BFB for Verlander: 969

Who played more last year?
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 16 '11
I'm with Eugene on how close it is between Ellsbury and Bautista, but I'm not down with Verlander being in their group. One of the criterion given to the voters for MVP is total # of games played. Verlander played in a little over 20% of the Tigers games. For him to win, I think that he would have to a) be better than anyone on his own team and b) be miles better than any pitcher in the American League. He doesn't fit either criterion, in my opinion. I had Verlander 5th on my ballot. I could see putting him as high as 3rd, but I don't agree with him winning either.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 16 '11
I wouldn't say its a joke if Bautista doesn't win, but he has a really strong case. Verlander just didn't have a dominant enough year (sounds silly saying that out loud) to transition to the MVP world from the Cy Young world. Maybe in a weaker year without Bautista, Ellsbury and Cabrera?
John Toczydlowski Toz
Nov 16 '11