IN the middle of what has become one of the best seasons of his career, Justin Verlander is crediting someone else for his success: Kate Upton.
Verlander said Upton helped him move past his struggles toward the end of his time with the Tigers, in an interview with Bleacher Report.
The duo has been together since 2014 and got married in November, three days after the Astros won the World Series.
“Who knows if I’m even here if it wasn’t for her? She was instrumental in me not … like, jumping off a bridge,” Verlander said.
“I was depressed and kind of just upset at the world and trying to hide my own s***.”
He also talked about the low point of his injuries and depression.
He had lost the velocity on his fastball for a period of time because of a slew of injuries.
He injured his groin while doing squats and had undiagnosed injuries in his abdominal and hip muscles, according to Bleacher Report.
“F***, man. She was what I needed,” Verlander said.
“I don’t like to talk to people about being hurt. As athletes, you’re not supposed to. It’s an excuse. … But she was someone I could talk to. I mean, basically a therapist. Somebody I could trust with … worries about my career. Worries about, ‘Can I make it?’ Worries about what I’m going through to get back. And just the overall s***tiness of it all.”
Verlander previously has said Upton helped push him toward the Astros when he was deciding last season if he wanted to waive his no-trade clause.
He helped lead the team through the playoffs through a seven-game American League Championship Series against the Yankees and a seven-game World Series against the Dodgers.
So far this year, he holds a 2.19 ERA with 204 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings.
The couple announced last month they are expecting a child.