Tigers' Justin Verlander Has Winless Month for 1st Time in His Career

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 28, 2014

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took a no-decision in Friday night's contest vs. the Houston Astros, leaving him without a win for the month of June and winless for the first time in any full calendar month of his MLB career, as reported by The Oakland Press' Matthew B. Mowery on Twitter.

Verlander, 6-7 in 2014, went 0-3 in the month of June, losing his first three starts before failing to take a decision in his final two outings of the month. The Tigers went 1-4 in his June starts, and they have dropped seven of their last 10 games started by Verlander.

Verlander's remarkable streak of earning at least one win in each full regular-season calendar month (April to September) began in April 2006, during his rookie season. His streak of consecutive months earning a win will end at 50, barring an unforeseen relief appearance and win this weekend.

The six-time All-Star has 143 career victories compared to only 84 losses for an impressive .630 winning percentage.

However, the 31-year-old right-hander has struggled this year, allowing more hits than he has innings pitched for the first time since 2006. His 4.72 ERA is the second-worst of his career, besting only the 4.84 mark posted in his 2008 campaign, when he went 11-17.

Verlander's previous low of one win in a calendar month has occurred nine times, most recently in September 2013.