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struck out 38.9% of all left-handed hitters he faced, the second-best mark among MLB starters behind Gerrit Cole (41.1%)...started for the Astros on Opening Day on March 29 at TEX in what was his 10th-career Opening Day start...pitched Houston to a 4-1 win...marked the sixth-consecutive Opening Day game that he pitched his club to a victory...threw 7.0 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts to lead Houston to a 2-0 shutout over the Twins at Target Field on April 9..game time temperature was 35 degrees...improved to 7-1 (.875) at Target Field, the highest winning percentage in the history of the venue...tabbed the AL Player of the Week for the week of April 9-15..1-0 with an 0.60 ERA (1ER/15IP) and 20 strikeouts in his two starts, allowing just five hits and two walks for an opponent batting average of .100 (5x50)...dominated the Rangers on April 15 in Houston, tossing 8.0 innings while allowing one run on one hit with 11 strikeouts..only blemish was a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos..not factor into the decision in the Astros 3-1 loss in 10 innings..STATS Inc., Verlander (11K, 1H) and Rangers starter Bartolo Colon (7K, 1H) became the first opposing starters in the live-ball era to combine for at least 18 strikeouts and two-or-fewer hits allowed...became the second pitcher in club history to begin a season by going scoreless in each of his first three road starts (19IP), joining Roger Clemens, who did so across his first five starts and 32.0 innings pitched on the road in 2005...posted an 11-game regular season winning streak that spanned from Aug.
20, 2017-April 25, 2018..one win shy of his career-long streak...joined Roger Clemens (2004) as the only pitchers to start their careers with the Astros on a nine-game regular season winning streak..May 1 vs.
NYY..the 14th postseason complete game with 13 strikeouts in the Majors since 1903..was RHP Tim Lincecum in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS..a new personal postseason single game-high with 13 strikeouts..his fifth game of 11-or-more strikeouts in his postseason career, breaking a tie with LHP Randy Johnson for the most such games in postseason history…124 pitches were the most in a postseason game since LHP Dallas Keuchel threw 124 in Game 3 of the 2015 ALDS vs.
KC..Houston to a 7-1 win, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings and allowing five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in Game 6 of the ALCS vs.
Attended Old Dominion University..2002, was the Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie of the Year and a First-Team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America after leading the conference with a 1.90 ERA.action with Team USA during the summer of 2003, and helped lead the club to the silver medal at the Pan American Games..one of 10 finalists for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top collegiate pitcher in 2004..a single-season school record with 151 strikeouts in 2004..a career school record with 427 strikeouts...
Selected by Detroit with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2004 draft...signed by Tigers scout Bill Buck..
18, 2011..a winning decision in each of his first five starts in an Astros uniform..winning streak to start his Astros career ranked second in franchise history...trailed only RHP Roger Clemens (7, April 7-May 11, 2004)..a dominant postseason, going 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA (9ER/36.2IP) across five starts and one relief appearance...earned the Esurance MLB Award for "Best Major Leaguer, Postseason," which he split with teammate Jose Altuve..ERA ranked 12th all-time among AL pitchers in a single postseason (min.
ranked among the top AL pitchers in quality starts (T-1st, 23), strikeouts (6th, 219), innings pitched (3rd, 206.0), opponent batting average (4th, .221), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (8th, 9.57) and ERA (8th)...ranked second in MLB in pitches per game (107.0), behind Chris Sale (107.1)...posted an average fastball velocity of 95.2 miles per hour (per Fangraphs, 4th in the AL)..not thrown that consistently hard since the 2010 season (96.1 mph)..on an incredible run starting at the beginning of July..his last 16 starts (since July 8), went 10-3 with a 1.92 ERA (23ER/108IP), 127 strikeouts and a .173 opponent batting average...14 of those 16 starts were quality starts..that span, ranked second in the AL in ERA, second in innings pitched and first in opponent batting average..five starts with the Astros to end the regular season...finished the month of September with a 5-0 record and a 1.06 ERA..Elias, since 1913 (the first year earned runs were kept in both leagues) only four other pitchers went 5-0 or better with an ERA below 2.00 in the month of September after being acquired from another team: LHP Art Nehf in 1919 (5-0, 1.36 ERA for the Giants), RHP Doyle Alexander in 1987 (5-0, 0.71 ERA for the Tigers), RHP Randy Johnson in 1998 (5-0, 1.41 ERA for the Astros) and RHP Doug Fister in 2011 (5-0, 0.53 ERA for the Tigers)...finished the season on a season-long, six-game winning streak (Aug. 27)..his longest winning streak since a career-long 12-game streak from July 21-Sept.NYY, struck out 14 hitters over 8.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits...tied his single-game career-high for strikeouts and tied the Minute Maid Park record for strikeouts in a single game...became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to strike out 14 Yankees hitters without a walk in a single game..Pedro Martinez (17 on Sept. 1, 1997) and Urban Shocker (14 on July 13, 1920)...tossed a five-hit complete game shutout on May 16 at LAA...100IP), behind Roger Clemens (1.48 in 2005), Mike Cuellar (1.78 in 1966) and J. Richard (1.96 in 1980)...dominated the Dodgers in the Astros 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 19 at OAK (4ER/5.1IP)...joined a group of 19 pitchers who reached 200 wins within 412 games or fewer..group includes 13 Hall of Famers: Pete Alexander (HOF, 350g), Juan Marichal (HOF, 355g), Walter Johnson (HOF, 370g), Tom Seaver (HOF, 384g), Mike Mussina (389g), Roger Clemens (392g), Whitey Ford (HOF, 395g), Greg Maddux (HOF, 396g), Jim Palmer (HOF, 397g), Bob Feller (HOF, 400g), Randy Johnson (HOF, 401g), Andy Pettitte (401g), CC Sabathia (401g), Carl Hubbell (HOF, 402g), Bob Gibson (HOF, 404g), Roy Halladay (406g), Warren Spahn (HOF, 409g), Stan Coveleski (HOF, 409g) and Tim Hudson (412g)...posted 26.0 consecutive scoreless innings at Angel Stadium from Sept. 25, 2018, the fourth-longest streak at the venue by a visiting player all-time and the longest since Mel Stottlemyre's 31-inning streak from 1971-73..3-0 in five September starts, posting a 1.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 33.0 innings...3...struck out 14 batters and walked one over 7.2 innings of one-run ball..up a leadoff homer to Joc Pederson before settling down to allow just three more hits over the course of his outing..14 strikeouts tied his career-high..ejected for the first time in his Astros career on Aug. finished tied for first in the AL in ERA, and third in strikeouts...increased his active win streak in September to 10 games dating back to 2016..three starts in the postseason, going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA (8ER/17.1IP) and 17 strikekouts...became the club's all-time leader in postseason wins (6) and strikeouts (55)...