Detroit Tigers fans will finally catch a glimpse of 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick Casey Mize when he takes the mound for his much-anticipated MLB debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox.
But beforehand, his family took the time to record a special video for him ahead of his milestone night.
Check it out:
Good luck, @Casey_Mize!
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 19, 2020
We wish Mize the best of luck tonight his his major leagues debut!
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The Detroit Tigers got off to a better start in the shortened 2020 campaign than almost anyone could have anticipated, going 9-5 out of the gate.
What’s happened since then has been nothing short of a nosedive. They’ve lost seven straight games (including three more to division rival Cleveland, making it 20 consecutive defeats at the hands of the Tribe), and don’t look anything like the team that was raising eyebrows across the league in the early goings of the season.
Of course, injuries aren’t helping anything. Earlier in the week, the team got the news that 1B C.J. Cron would be undergoing season-ending knee surgery. Additionally, pitchers Ivan Nova and and Buck Farmer have gone on the shelf, along with UTIL Harold Castro.
So how is GM Al Avila feeling about the injuries combined with a lengthy losing skid? It wasn’t too long ago that it was considered reasonable that the upstart Tigers could look to bolster their lineup in an attempt to make a playoff run, but now such an idea seems far-fetched.
“Right now it would be hard to call us buyers or sellers,” general manager Al Avila said on Monday.
“We’re in a position where we are still trying to win as many games as we can. We would love to be in the playoffs this year and we’re going to make an effort to get there.