Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Height: 6-5
Weight: 235 lbs
Age: 41
Houston Astros

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The ScoreTrust Verlander to dominate struggling Mariners

We have a nine-game slate Wednesday night. Let's waste no time getting to a few of the plays that popped off the page.Seth Lugo: Under 2.5 earned runs Lugo doesn't give up many runs. He's allowing 1.4 per start this season and went under this line in nine of 11 appearances. The run marks some of the best baseball of his career, but he's been doing a good job of keeping runs off the board for quite some time.Lugo allowed three runs or more in only eight of 30 starts dating back to last season. That means he went under an impressive 73% of the time.Lugo should stay in strong form against the Twins, who have been putrid offensively of late and are hitting only .190 against right-handed pitchers over the past two weeks.The Twins plated two runs or fewer against eight of 10 right-handed starters faced in that span. The exceptions came against Alec Marsh and Jos Ure a - not exactly the stiffest of competition.Look for Lugo to continue piling it on against the struggling Twins.Odds: -135 (playable to -150)Tyler Anderson: Under 4.5 strikeoutsAnderson's coming down to earth following an unsustainably strong start to the campaign. He allowed at least five hits in four of the past five games after holding teams under that number in each of his first five starts. His strikeouts are on the decline as well, as he's recorded exactly four punchouts in three straight games.A big problem for Anderson is his inability to hit the zone. He's throwing strikes at a below-average rate this month, which is not ideal heading into a game against the Yankees.They mash left-handed pitchers and own a .358 xwOBA (second place) and 15.8% barrel rate (first by a mile) versus lefties in May.The Yankees also play with great discipline at the plate and make pitchers come to them. Their swing rate against lefties this month (45.9%) is among the lowest in the majors. They will sit on their hands and make Anderson throw strikes, which he's struggling to do right now. I expect plenty of lengthy, high-pitch at-bats, and the Yankees should do plenty of damage in the process.Odds: -140 (playable to -160)Justin Verlander: Under 2.5 earned runsVerlander hasn't been dominant this season, but he's still pitching well. He allowed two runs or less in five of seven starts, with the blow-ups coming against the Yankees and Brewers.It just so happens the Yankees and Brewers rank first and second, respectively, in OBP against righties this season. Both of those offenses are elite, so there's no shame in struggling against them.The Mariners, on the other hand, are a good team but are much better at pitching than hitting. They sit 26th in xwOBA versus right-handed pitchers this season, last in strikeouts, and 27th in terms of contact rate.The Mariners scored two runs or fewer against each of the last nine right-handed starters faced. Look for that streak to reach 10 on Wednesday night.Odds: -135 (playable to -150)Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

CBS SportsWill Justin Verlander get to 300 wins? Why milestone is unlikely but not impossible for Astros veteran

Verlander passed Greg Maddux for the No. 10 spot on the career strikeout leaderboard on Friday night

Source: CBS Sports
Saturday, May 25, 2024

ESPNVerlander passes Maddux for 10th in career K's

Justin Verlander had nine strikeouts Friday night to increase his total to 3,377, passing Greg Maddux for No. 10 on the career list, and the Astros topped the A's 6-3.

Source: ESPN
Saturday, May 25, 2024

The ScoreVerlander passes Maddux for 10th on all-time K list

Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander registered the 3,372th strikeout of his career Friday against the Oakland Athletics to pass Hall of Famer Greg Maddux for 10th on the all-time list.Verlander struck out Abraham Toro in the second inning to accomplish the feat. Justin Verlander passes Greg Maddux for 10th place all time in strikeouts! pic.twitter.com/ONlnAB50m1 MLB (@MLB) May 25, 2024 More to come.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Yahoo SportsJustin Verlander passes Greg Maddux to enter top 10 of MLB all-time strikeout list

Next up on the list: Walter Johnson.

Source: Yahoo Sports
Friday, May 24, 2024