2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Justin Verlander
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Justin Verlander continues to be a force on the mound and while he continues to age, he remains as dominant as ever. One could argue that last year, his first full campaign with the Houston Astros, was his best statistical season in his career. Verlander won 16 games in 2018, while posting a 12.20 K/9, 1.56 BB/9 and a 2.52 ERA (2.78 FIP) across 214 regular season innings. He wasn’t nearly as good in the postseason for the Astros, but it’s hard to be too upset after the dominating run he went on when the team acquired him back in the latter part of the 2017 campaign.
While Verlander was one of the game’s best in Detroit, he’s taken it to another level in Houston. He’s striking out even more batters and a good defense, and offense, supporting him has certainly helped some of his ratios. Furthermore, Houston has been near the front of the pack in terms of using analytics to better their players. While his repertoire hasn’t necessarily transformed all that much, the spin rate on...