Kyle Lobstein to start Friday; Kyle Ryan may get a start soon

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A pair of young left-handed pitchers both named Kyle make their anticipated returns to the Detroit Tigers. Starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein will make his first start since mid-May.

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Lobstein made eight starts in the beginning of the season before being sidelined with a sore shoulder and eventually being placed on the 60-day disabled list. He went 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA.

Josh Zeid appeared in 41 games for the Toledo Mud Hens this season, including three starts, compiling a 4.71 ERA. The Tigers outrighted Zeid this afternoon.

Menawhile, recent September call-up LHP Kyle Ryan could potentially be getting a start soon for the Tigers. Ryan and catcher Bryan Holaday have been the only players the Tigers have called up this far.

Detroit got bludgeoned by the Kansas City Royals 12-1 Wednesday night, using four pitchers in total. Among the four was Buck Farmer, who had been filling in the rotation due to a laundry list of injuries. Farmer threw 38 pitches in three innings of work in Wednesday’s blowout loss.

Kyle Ryan had been pitching exceptionally well since he was optioned to Toledo in early August. In four starts in August, Ryan went 4-0, giving up just four earned runs in 27.2 innings pitched. According to the 23-year old southpaw, he contributes his recent success by ditching his sinker ball and going back to his ‘old form’, which consists of a fastball and cut-fastball.

Ryan’s recent success paired with Farmer’s recent struggles AND pitching in Wednesday night’s game could open the door for Ryan to slot himself into the Tigers’ rotation for the remainder of the 2015 season.

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Posted by Alex Muller
MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).