He heads into this matchup feeling as though he’s coming off his best performance of the season.
Detroit’s ace looks for another victory over the Orioles as the Tigers seek a season-high sixth straight home win Tuesday night.
Verlander (8-4, 3.41 ERA) is 8-0 with a 2.93 ERA over 12 career starts versus Baltimore (40-31), earning a 10-3 victory in the latest outing June 1. The right-hander, though, allowed eight hits, three runs and two homers in seven innings.
That performance was part of a six-start stretch during which Verlander went 4-2 with a 6.68 ERA.
He looked more like the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Wednesday, allowing three hits with eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings while not getting a decision in a 3-2 loss at Kansas City.
“For me, it was my best start, just because of the way I’ve been working to get back where I need to be,” Verlander told the team’s official website. “I feel like I’ve been getting better every start. I wasn’t exactly where I want to be, but pretty doggone close.”
Verlander will attempt to continue an impressive streak by Detroit starting pitchers, who have allowed three runs or fewer in 17 consecutive games, posting a 2.26 ERA during that span.
Max Scherzer continued that run in Monday’s 5-1 win over the Orioles, yielding one run with 10 strikeouts in six innings to become the first Tiger to go 10-0 since George Mullin was 11-0 in 1909.
Miguel Cabrera had three hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning after going 5 for 28 (.179) with one home run and three RBIs over nine games.
He’s a .481 hitter with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 21 career meetings with the Orioles at Comerica Park. He’s 2 for 3 with three walks against scheduled starter Zach Britton
Last year’s Triple Crown winner, Cabrera leads the majors with a .358 average and 71 RBIs, while his 19 homers are second in the AL to the Orioles’ Chris Davis
Davis connected for his major league-leading 24th home run for one of his two hits Monday.
The first baseman is 10 for 24 with four homers and seven RBIs in his past six games versus Detroit (39-29), but he’s 3 for 14 (.214) with eight strikeouts versus Verlander.
Britton (0-1, 9.00) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start in place of Jason Hammel who continues to battle an illness.
“He’s still pretty weak, but he’s getting better every day,” manager Buck Showalter told the team’s official website of Hammel. “The good news is we got contingency things in place.”
Britton was a 6-2 loser at Seattle in his only start of the season April 29, surrendering six runs and 10 hits in six innings. The left-hander, though, is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA over his last five starts at Norfolk.
He’s made both of his starts against the Tigers at Comerica, going 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA. Britton scattered six hits in seven scoreless innings of a 3-2 win Aug. 18.