Verlander leading AL in strikeouts and innings and on schedule to start his first All-Star Game

Justin Verlander is lined up to start his first All-Star Game. He’s tentatively scheduled to pitch his final game before the break on the Fourth of July, and that would give him five days of rest before the All-Star Game on July 10. In addition, he might also get the ball when the Tigers resume play July 12th in Baltimore.

A year after winning sweeping the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, Verlander is having another dominant season. He leads the American League in innings and strikeouts, and is fifth in ERA. He has pitched at least seven innings in nine of his 15 starts and allowed three runs or less 12 times.

This will be his fifth All-Star selection. He pitched an inning in 2007 and again in 2009. He’s the only American League starter in the top five in innings, strikeouts and ERA. The Tigers have scored three runs or less in 10 of his 15 starts, and he has pitched some high-pressure innings. He has won a pair of 3-2 games and a 3-1 game. He lost a 2-1 contest to Justin Masterson.

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