Weekly Recap: Tigers salvage split with Red Sox, still can’t figure out division foes

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Photo Credit: Tom Haggerty/Flickr
Photo Credit: Tom Haggerty/Flickr

One encouraging story, by and large, this season has been the sort of evolution from pitcher Shane Greene as he transitioned to the bullpen, given the influx of starters Detroit has. He had down a remarkable inching his ERA down, by a 0.93 ERA in July. However, a poor August has quickly flipped that script.

Greene last week along allowed seven ER on eight hits over just 3 IP. Like I said, more often than not, he’s been very effective when called upon, regardless of the situation he enters into. There’s a lot of zeroes spread throughout his game log. Unfortunately, he’s just been prone to scattered pockets of severely underperforming, hence the 5.16 ERA on the season.

In the rotation, Tigers fans have been supremely spoiled by the outstanding work rookie Michael Fulmer has done this season. Where the team would be without him, who knows? However, he turned in a clunker last week, one he was way overdue for because of how dominant he had been. In his start against Boston, they tagged him for six ER on ten hits through 5.2 innings logged. Statistically speaking, it was the worst outing among the Tigers starters.

Conversely, Aníbal Sánchez turned in his third ‘really good’ start in the last four times out, tossing seven scoreless frames of one-hit ball against the Royals. Outside of his start in Texas where he allowed eight ER over 4+ IP, Sánchez is registering a 0.86 ERA in his other three starts this month.

Matt Boyd (6 IP, 5 H, ER) and Justin Verlander (13 IP, 7 H, 4 ER in two starts) continued their solid runs as well. And while he has flirted with fire as of late, lefty Daniel Norris is finding ways to get it done, posting a 2.93 ERA in three August starts. However, he’s walked a total of eight batters in those three starts and has failed to pitch more than 5.1 innings in any of his last three outings. Daniel might have the most upside among the young Tigers starters, but like both Boyd and Fulmer earlier in the season, he will need to make a small tweak in his repertoire or pitch selection and find a way to go deeper into games.

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