Justin Verlander was once the best pitcher in the American League over the last 5 years. Verlander was 137 – 77 (.640) with a 3.41 ERA in the 1st 9 years of his career. The Detroit Tigers are certainly lucky the San Diego Padres took Matt Bush with the 1st overall pick in 2004. Verlander was 137 – 77 (.640) with a 3.41 ERA in the 1st 9 years of his career, before going just 20 – 20 in the last 2 years. The 2011 AL Cy Young Winner and 2012 Cy Young runner up is signed with the club until at least 2019, and it could be 2020 with a Vesting Option. Verlander had thrown over 200+ IP each year since 2007 prior to 2015’s 133. frames thrown. The 33 Year old has added a 7 – 5 record in 15 Career Post Season Games and a 3.28 ERA – among 0 – 3 with a 7.20 in 3 World Series Starts.
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Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher, Justin Verlander, has had a tough go of it over the past two seasons. In 2014 he threw 206 innings with 15 wins, a 4.54 ERA, and 159 strikeouts.
Last year he threw only 133.1 innings with 5 wins, a 3.38 ERA, and 113 strikeouts. Many fantasy baseball owners and fans have overlooked this 33 year old veteran heading into the 2016 season, but I think he could be a steal in many drafts.
While he probably won’t have another season like his 2011 MVP and Cy Young campaign (he threw 251 innings with 24 wins, 2.40 ERA, and 250 strikeouts in 2011), I expect him to return to his ace-like capabilities that he showed from 2009-2013. To read the rest of the article, click the link below:
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