Justin Verlander discusses what it's like to throw a no-hitter, the Tigers' stable of young hard-throwing pitchers and what he has to do to help the team get back to the World Series in a recent Players Talk show.
It's been a great start to the career of the 24-year-old right-hander. After being selected with the second pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-foot-5 Verlander reached the big leagues that same season, won Rookie of the Year the following season, and in 2007 is among the league-leaders with 11 wins and a 3.49 ERA.
After posting a career high in innings pitched in 2006, Verlander was predicted by many to regress in '07. But the Old Dominion alum has been dominant and efficient. Verlander credits his continued success to a more exhaustive winter workout regimen.
"I feel much stronger and more mentally prepared for what I have to go through in an entire season," Verlander says. "It's long and I wasn't ready for it last year -- I got fatigued at the end. I worked really hard this offseason to strengthen my body and especially my shoulder so I can make it through the whole season."
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