Verlander will tie Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Pete Alexander for the eighth-most Opening Day starts in the modern era when he takes the mound July 24 against the Seattle Mariners, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com. Tom Seaver holds the all-time record with 16.
It will also mark Verlander's fifth consecutive Opening Day start and third straight as a member of the Astros. He started in nine season openers for the Detroit Tigers before joining Houston late in 2017.
The 37-year-old is coming off one of the finest seasons of his career. He edged out now-former teammate Gerrit Cole to win his second Cy Young after going 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP, and 300 strikeouts in 34 starts in 2019. Verlander also threw his third no-hitter last September.