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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Perhaps the most gaudy factoid of all for Verlander this season: in every game he started, he pitched at least six innings.

How many pitchers since 1920 who made at least 30 starts would you guess can make this claim?

Eight.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13 '11
Even more impressive, as Verlander's ERA has remained in the stud area, the rest of the league has been climbing. Assuming my league is like the rest in the AL, ERAs are rising across the board during the past month. While 9 of 12 teams are still below 4.00, the leader is up to 3.60 and five teams are 3.90-4.00.
David Molyneaux NeauxBrainr
Sep 15 '11
A pitching quadruple crown is worthy of MVP consideration in my opinion. W, ERA, Ks, and IP. Granted, those aren't the most sabermetric categories, the most recent sabermetric pitching categories predict performance generally rather than tell you how someone actually did. Without a clear hitting MVP and many candidates, I'd have to put Verlander pretty high on my ballot, maybe even first. Still two weeks of performance to be added to consideration. Yesterday's 7 shoutout innings doesn't hurt.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 14 '11
MVP.
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 14 '11
I think Verlander finishes in the Top 5 and maybe as high as 2nd but doesn't win the award. I think the difference between this year and some of the other years Toz alludes to is that there is a lot more sentiment for Verlander winning the award this year then there was for Pedro or Greinke. Some of this has to do with the "W" column but a lot of it is that there isn't a dominant hitter on a contending team. Is that enough for Verlander to win? Probably not, but Eugene's theory does make some sense.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Sep 9 '11
Well, thank goodness we have that settled. Did you let the writers know? :P

I am going to beat the drum for Verlander as MVP, however, at least until someone tells me to stop. He has three starts left, against the White Sox and As on the road, and against Baltimore at home. Assuming he pitches to the numbers he has right now, he will finish the season at 25-5. His team will win its division by double-digit games. He will have put his team on his back and brought them to the playoffs.

Of course, history is against him. In 2009, Greinke put up a 9.0 WAR and finished 17th in the voting (ah, the pleasure of being a Kansas City Royal). Pedro put up a 10.1 WAR in 2000 and finished 5th in the MVP voting. Of course, that year, ARod put up an 11.1 WAR and finished 3rd, behind Giambi and Thomas. Clemens put up a 10.3 WAR in 1997 and finished 10th (Griffey won that year with a 9.4 WAR).

Nonetheless, I think Verlander is a viable candidate, and I am still convinced that a guy with Bautista's numbers for a team that finishes 20 miles out of first place is not all that valuable.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Sep 9 '11
As I have said before, Bautista is the MVP. Verlander gets the Cy, Bautista the MVP.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Sep 8 '11
Funny you should ask Alex. I do not believe the Cy and the MVP are mutually exclusive. "Most valuable player?" Yes, both to his team and in the league. I'm not sure there is any way around this conversation.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Sep 8 '11
In a highly stratified vote between traditionalists both Gonzalez supporters and those who favor players on winning teams Ellsbury, Granderson, plus Bautista backers, someone who is 2nd or 3rd on a lot of ballots plus first on two DET ballots could sneak in to first overall.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 8 '11
MVP?
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8 '11