Be warned, the video may be a little squeamish.
Be warned, the video may be a little squeamish.
The number of runs driven in by Miguel Cabrera, who has continued his torrid start. Miggy went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to raise his average to .377. Cabrera also went deep. Additionally, Rajai Davis scored three runs on three hits.
The number of hits driven in by Ian Kinsler. The second baseman had two hits in four plate appearances. He had an RBI, scored two runs, stole a base and drew a walk.
The number of innings thrown by Kyle Lobstein in a winning effort. Justin Verlander’s rotation replacement allowed six hits and three runs (all earned) in his seven innings. He only walked two and struck out four. His ERA on the season is 3.50.
The number of pitches required by Lobstein to pitch seven innings. It was an incredibly efficient day for Lobstein, who picked up his second win of the season.
The number of runs, hits and walks allowed by Joakim Soria. This broke a stretch of six straight games in which Soria had thrown perfect innings—a stretch that lasted two weeks.
Maybe the biggest stat of the game—Miguel Cabrera had four walks (three intentional) en-route to a 0-for-1 day at the plate.
The number of runs driven in by Victor Martinez. All those intentional walks handed to Miggy certainly helped V-Mart. The designated hitter drove in three runs on two hits. He only had five RBI on the season entering the game.
The number of hits by both Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler. The duo went 4-for-8 with four runs scored and a walk.
(I swear I’m not doing a countdown) The number of runs allowed by Alfredo Simon. The former All-Star continues to impress in Detroit. He only struck out three, but allowed just two walks.
(Ok, I inadvertently did a countdown… hopefully that doesn’t happen again) The number of runs allowed by the Tigers bullpen. Tom Gorzelanny rebounded from giving up a run and taking the loss in his last outing to earning the hold while pitching 1.1 shutout innings. He allowed two hits but added a strikeout. Joakim Soria threw a perfect ninth.
The number of runs allowed by the Tigers. It matched a season high. It was also the second time in three games that the Tigers allowed 13 runs.
The number of times Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler reached base. Kinsler went 2-for-2 with two doubles. Jose Iglesias was the only other Tiger to reach base more than once.
The number of RBIs from the Tigers. Nick Castellanos drove in the lone run. He’s hitting .259 on the year.
The number of combined strikeouts by Anthony Gose (4), Alex Avila (3) and Miguel Cabrera and Castellanos (2 each). No other Tiger struck out more than once.
The number of runs allowed by Tigers starter Shane Greene. The former Yankee had only allowed two runs (one earned) all year.
With Juventus inching towards a possible treble, the questions shift from “Can Juventus make a deep run in Europe?” to “Can they sustain their European success?”
New additions will be likely to sustain the success. These new additions will come from different circumstances. Some will be from other clubs while others are players Juve either co-own, have sent out to another club on loan, or have a buy-back option on.
To make room for these players, incumbent members of the squad will have to go. Here are a look at some of those players.
The towering Spanish striker has been linked to Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid in the past, which should help Juventus find a buyer for a player who has scored only seven goals in 31 appearances (all competitions) this season.
Despite the lack of goals, Llorente still makes sense for any interested Premier League club thanks to his aerial presence. The Premier League is an extremely physical league, and Llorente with his knack for scoring goals with his head, should fit in well.
His dearth of goals this season may signal his exit while also opening space for a player like Domenico Berardi (who is on loan at Sassuolo) or Simone Zaza (also at Sassuolo, Juve have a buy-back option in the players’ contract). The open spot could also go to an impact striker brought in from the transfer market like Robin van Persie or Paulo Dybala.
The veteran keeper has rarely appeared for the Italian giants and may find himself offloaded in the summer transfer window. Juve will likely send Nicola Leali out on other loan spell, but if they want the youngster to get experience with the first team in Turin, Rubinho would be the one to go.
This seems unlikely as the most game-time Leali would receive would be in the Coppa Italia in place of Marco Storari, but it’s a possibility nonetheless.
Paolo De Ceglie
The left back once looked to have a bright future in Turin, but has fallen by the way-side of late. He was due to spend the season on loan at Parma, but was called back in January to provide cover at left back due to Kwadwo Asamoah’s injury.
Another loan spell, if not an outright sale seems like the likeliest of outcomes. At only 28-years-old, he may yet provide value as Juve’s left back if Asamoah moves into the midfield and Patrice Evra retires.
Another player who hasn’t gotten the most field time as of late, Pepe has worked his way back from injury, but has yet to receive many full games. He’s gone the full 90 only once this season and other than that has only eclipsed a half hour once. Most of his appearances tend to be 20 minutes or less.
The Italian stands at a bit of a career crossroads. At 31, this may be his last chance to move to a club and be a major contributor. Does he go somewhere else and do that or stay at Juve and fight for a spot? Given the quality of the Old Lady, it would seem Pepe would be destined for a bit-part, bench sparkplug role for the rest of his time in Turin if he isn’t sold.
Whether Roberto Pereyra’s loan is made permanent could play a big role in whether Pepe stays.
Matri was never quite was able to figure it out in Turin the first time around and seems destined to depart the Bianconeri for the second time.
The striker is on loan from Milan (Juve sold him to the Rossoneri in 2013) and has had loan stints with Fiorentina and Genoa before arriving once again in Turin. He was brought in strictly for depth and as such his loan deal remains unlikely to be made permanent. Like Llorente, he’ll need to leave to potentially create space for the likes of Berardi and Zaza and open up more minutes for Kingsley Coman.
The midfielder hasn’t played much for Juve due to injury. Because of that, his loan deal may not be made permanent despite a reasonable price.
All stats courtesy of http://www.whoscored.com/ unless otherwise noted.
The number of hits by Tigers hitters not named J.D. Martinez. Martinez went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. Anthony Gose had the lone, non-Martinez hit. Gose also scored Detroit’s only run of the game.
The number of home losses by the Tigers this season, three of which have come versus the Yankees this week.
The number of runs scored by the Tigers in a 9-1 win over the White Sox on Sunday, April 19th. The Tigers have struggled to score runs lately with their nine run outburst against Chicago being the only time in nearly two weeks that Detroit has managed more than four runs per game. In four games against the Yankees, the Tigers run scoring output was the following– 2, 2, 4 and 1.
The number of runs allowed by reliever Joba Chamberlain. The former Yankee continues to look sharp early in the season with just four hits and zero walks allowed in five appearances.
The number of strikeouts by Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who looked more himself after two rough outings against the Pirates and White Sox. Sanchez allowed one hit, one run and four walks over 6.1 innings.
The number of hits allowed by David Price in 2.1 innings pitched. Price struggled in his last start against the Yankees, and had yet another rough outing on Wednesday.
Price also allowed eight runs (all earned). This sunk the Tigers as well as Price owners in fantasy leagues.
The number of runs allowed by Detroit relievers Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Krol. This is a positive as all three will be heavily relied on down the stretch for the Tigers—especially with Joe Nathan being ruled out for the season.
The number of pitches seen by Tigers leadoff hitter Anthony Gose. Gose didn’t have a hit, but reached base on a walk and scored a run. The fact that he taxed opposing pitchers for a game-high 30 pitches is a good sign.
Price’s ERA following the start. Normally starters’ ERAs balloon after bad starts, Price is so good that his ERA ballooned to an extremely respectable number.
The Detroit Tigers are off to one of the best starts in Major League Baseball, but were hit with some bad news as it was announced that closer Joe Nathan will miss the rest of the season due to a UCL tear and a flexor pronator tear.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 23, 2015
How it Impacts…
Soria is possibly the biggest benefactor in all of this. The two-time All-Star gets to remain in the closer role. He leads the majors in appearances, games finished and saves. Nathan’s injury also bodes well for Soria’s long-term future and his future in Detroit. Regardless of if he had success this season (pre injury), Joe Nathan wasn’t the long-term answer. At only 30-years-old, if Soria continues to pitch well (1.35 ERA, 0 walks, 2 total hits allowed) he could find himself in Detroit as the team’s closer of now and the future.
When he returns healthy, it will be a golden opportunity for Rondon. The young flamethrower will likely assume Soria’s old role of set-up man/closer in waiting. This isn’t only an opportunity for Rondon to establish himself at the big league level, but also an opportunity to pick up some saves. Last season Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke, Al Albuquerque, Ian Krol and Soria picked up saves despite Nathan being on the roster. Rondon could do the same. Additionally, in the off-chance that Soria struggles, Rondon would be in line for even more save opportunities.
The Tigers’ Plans at the Trade Deadline
It’s a little early to determine which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers, but Detroit may look to add another reliever. With Soria and (a hopefully healthy) Rondon in tow, the Tigers won’t be looking for a closer-type, but a buy-low or depth addition might provide helpful, especially if expendable players in the bullpen continue to struggle. An acquisition would probably be more along the lines of the Tigers re-signing Luke Putkonen then acquiring someone like Jason Grilli.
The Tigers’ Other Relievers
Thanks to Nathan not returning and occupying a spot in the bullpen it would seem that everyone will keep their spots—for now. This is good news for relievers like Ian Krol and Al Alburquerque, who have seen their ERAs rise thanks to poor outings. It’s also a spot of good news for Blaine Hardy, who was promoted when Nathan went on the disabled list. Hardy allowed a run, two walks and two hits in his last outing, actually lowering his ERA from 12.46 to 8.10.
Lobstein has only one career relief appearance, and the Tigers may opt to keep him stretched out as a starter in the minors once Justin Verlander returns. However, in the off-chance that the Tigers want to keep Lobstein around because he’s pitching well, this potentially opens up another opportunity for him.
The Tigers’ Non-25 Man Roster Relievers
This is good news in terms of more opportunities for pretty much all of the following—Alex Wilson, Josh Zeid, Melvin Mercedes, Putkonen, Kyle Ryan, Jose Valdez, etc.
Wilson, one of the relievers acquired in the Rick Porcello/Yoenis Cespedes swap, has an ERA of 0.00 and three saves on the season. Another offseason acquisition, reliever Zeid, has a save to go along with a 1.42 ERA.
Thanks to the severity of the injury, Nathan will move to the 60-day disabled list. This will open up a 40-man roster opportunity for a minor-league pitcher like Melvin Mercedes. Other Triple-A pitchers with major league experience like Rafael Dolis, Alberto Cabrera, Thad Weber and Mike Belfiore could also be in play if they can pitch successfully.
Ryan and Valdez, two pitchers already on the 40-man roster, are long shots, but could be in play. Ryan had success in relief last season, but the team may opt to keep him as a starter to provide depth in that area. Valdez wouldn’t require a roster move to call up, but the reliever’s ERA in 2015 is 6.75.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
The number of hits by Tigers’ right fielder J.D. Martinez. Martinez went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss. He also struck out once. His three hit day raised his average to .281.
The number of hits by both Alex Avila and Anthony Gose. Two of the less heralded members of the Tigers lineup stepped up big time, but their efforts weren’t enough as Detroit suffered only its third loss of the season.
The number of hits the Tigers produced when they had runners in scoring position. As a whole the team went 0-for-9. Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez were 0-for-1 while Gose and Ian Kinsler finished 0-for-2. Kinsler’s double-play partner Jose Iglesias went 0-for-3.
The number of runs allowed by Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein. The starter took the loss, but the bullpen allowed most of the damage.
The number of runs allowed by the Tigers bullpen. Lobstein did fairly well, but the bullpen let the game get out of control. Ian Krol, Tom Gorzelanny, Al Alburquerque and Blaine Hardy combined to allow five hits, three runs (all earned) and five walks over the span of three innings. The group only managed two strikeouts, both of which were Hardy’s. Alburquerque didn’t even record an out, but surrendered two walks.
No goals in today’s Champions League quarterfinal match between Monaco and Juventus, but the game did produce this gem.
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