13 whiffs for Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander struck out 13 Pirates in seven innings to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh.

While 13 Ks are nothing to sneeze at (even during allergy season), Verlander (6-4) still wasn’t Verlander allowing three runs and seven hits with two walks.

A shaky May

After a strong start to the month against the Astros, Verlander did not have a typically good month

Date Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO ERA Pit Str
May 5 @ HOU W,9-0 GS-7 W(4-2) 7.0 2 0 0 2 9 1.55 116 80
May 11 CLE L,6-7 GS-5 L(4-3) 5.0 6 4 3 5 7 1.93 110 69
May 16 @ TEX L,4-10 GS-3 L(4-4) 2.2 6 8 8 2 3 3.17 70 43
May 22 @ CLE W,11-7 GS-5 W(5-4) 5.0 10 5 5 1 9 3.66 110 75
May 27 PIT W,6-5 GS-7 W(6-4) 7.0 7 3 3 2 13 3.68 110 74
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Generated 5/28/2013.

Verlander now has five games in his career with 13+ whiffs

Rk Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO Pit Str
1 2012-08-06 NYY W 7-2 GS-8 ,W 8.0 9 2 0 1 14 132 96
2 2011-06-25 ARI W 6-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 4 0 0 1 14 119 84
3 2013-05-27 PIT W 6-5 GS-7 ,W 7.0 7 3 3 2 13 110 74
4 2009-07-29 TEX W 13-5 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 4 3 0 13 115 80
5 2009-05-14 MIN L 5-6 GS-7 6.1 5 2 2 3 13 122 76
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Generated 5/28/2013.

Verlander is now 20-2 in interleague play

Rk Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 2013-05-27 PIT W 6-5 GS-7 ,W 7.0 7 3 3 2 13 0
2 2012-06-24 PIT W 3-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 2 2 1 7 1
3 2012-06-19 STL W 6-3 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 3 1 4 3 0
4 2012-06-14 CHC W 5-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 2 2 0 8 0
5 2012-06-09 CIN W 3-2 GS-6 6.0 6 2 2 3 9 0
6 2012-05-18 PIT W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 2 12 0
7 2011-06-30 NYM W 5-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 7 1 1 2 6 1
8 2011-06-25 ARI W 6-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 4 0 0 1 14 0
9 2011-06-19 COL W 9-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 0 5 1
10 2010-06-27 ATL W 10-4 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 4 4 2 6 0
11 2010-06-22 NYM L 6-14 GS-3 ,L 2.0 5 5 5 3 2 0
12 2010-06-16 WSN W 8-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 7 3 3 0 11 2
13 2010-06-11 PIT W 6-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 2 2 4 3 0
14 2009-06-26 HOU L 4-5 GS-6 5.1 7 3 3 4 6 0
15 2009-06-21 MIL W 3-2 GS-8 ,W 7.2 5 2 2 3 8 2
16 2009-06-16 STL L 2-11 GS-4 ,L 4.0 8 5 5 2 4 0
17 2008-06-28 COL W 7-6 GS-6 5.2 5 2 2 4 6 0
18 2008-06-22 SDP W 5-3 GS-6 ,W 5.1 5 2 2 5 10 1
19 2008-06-16 SFG L 6-8 GS-6 6.0 5 3 2 1 7 1
20 2007-06-23 ATL W 2-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 1 1 2 11 1
21 2007-06-17 PHI W 7-4 GS-6 ,W 6.0 7 3 3 2 6 0
22 2007-06-12 MIL W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 12 0
23 2007-05-20 STL W 6-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 2 2 1 3 1
24 2006-06-28 HOU W 5-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 0 7 0
25 2006-06-23 STL W 10-6 GS-6 ,W 6.0 7 4 4 3 5 0
26 2006-06-17 CHC W 9-3 GS-6 ,W 5.2 9 1 1 3 4 0
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Generated 5/28/2013.
I Split W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP HR BB SO WHIP
Inter-League 20 2 .909 2.68 26 4 2 177.2 11 58 188 1.092
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 0 0 8.0 0 1 14 0.625
Atlanta Braves 2 0 1.000 3.21 2 0 0 14.0 1 4 17 1.000
Chicago Cubs 2 0 1.000 1.98 2 0 0 13.2 0 3 12 1.244
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 3.00 1 0 0 6.0 0 3 9 1.500
Colorado Rockies 1 0 1.000 1.84 2 1 0 14.2 1 4 11 0.886
Houston Astros 2 0 1.000 1.33 3 0 0 20.1 0 6 22 0.885
Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 1.000 1.08 2 1 1 16.2 2 7 20 0.720
New York Mets 1 1 .500 6.00 2 0 0 9.0 1 5 8 1.889
Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 1.000 4.50 1 0 0 6.0 0 2 6 1.500
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 0 1.000 1.97 4 2 1 32.0 1 9 35 0.813
San Diego Padres 1 0 1.000 3.38 1 0 0 5.1 1 5 10 1.875
San Francisco Giants 0 0 3.00 1 0 0 6.0 1 1 7 1.000
St. Louis Cardinals 3 1 .750 4.32 4 0 0 25.0 1 10 15 1.400
Washington Nationals 1 0 1.000 3.38 1 0 0 8.0 2 0 11 0.875
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Generated 5/28/2013.

Yu Darvish struck out 14 last night – check out my article Deconstructing Darvish on BaseballAnalytics.org.