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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Win vs the Houston Astros

  • One

The number of runs and hits allowed by Tigers closer Joakim Soria, it was his blown first save of the season.

  • 12

The number of strikeouts by Tigers’ ace David Price. Price also allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk over 6.2 innings pitched.

  • 50

Reliever Alex Wilson’s ERA after the game. The former Boston Red Sox pitcher threw two innings while allowing one hit. He struck out two batters.

  • Four

The number of Tigers batters with multiple hits. Anthony Gose, Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and James McCann all had more than one hit. Gose and Cespedes had three each while Cabrera and McCann added two apiece.

  • 11

The number of innings the game lasted. McCann clinched the win with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh.

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers’ 5-2 Win vs the Milwaukee Brewers

  • Four

The number of runs driven in by Nick Castellanos. The third baseman also had two hits, giving Shane Greene and the rest of the team all the run support they would need.

  • Two

The number of runs allowed Tigers starter Greene. He allowed only three hits in 6.1 innings, striking out six.

  • Five

The number of combined hits for J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes. With Victor Martinez on the disabled list, these two will be heavily leaned upon to drive in more runs in the middle of the order. J.D. Martinez had two hits and scored two runs while Cespedes also scored two runs on three hits and a walk. The duo did not strike out.

  • .282

James McCann’s batting average after the game. The Tigers catcher had an underwhelming day at the plate with just a walk in three plate appearances (two of them via the strikeout), but his solid displays with the bat so far this season will help make up for the temporary loss of V-Mart. The fact that Jose Iglesias, the team’s ninth hitter, is sporting a .328 batting average doesn’t hurt either.

  • One

The number of hits by Tyler Collins, who started at designated hitter. Collins also drew a walk and scored a run in his second game of the season. With J.D. Martinez and Cespedes moving up in the order to fill in for V-Mart, Collins will be counted upon to provide solid production lower in the order. If he continues to turn in displays like he did on Wednesday, he’ll provide much-needed stability.

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 8-1 Loss to the Milwaukee Brewers

  • 10

The difference between the Brewers’ total hits (13) and the Tigers’ (3). Detroit did draw four walks, but they have to get more hits if they want to succeed.

  • Nine

The number of pitches seen by Nick Castellanos over four at-bats. There’s being aggressive early in the count, and then there’s this. The third baseman saw the fewest pitched of anyone on the team. Anthony Gose wasn’t far behind with ten pitches seen in four at-bats.

  • Seven

The number of runs allowed by Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has been brilliant in some of his starts, and then dreadful in others. He allowed more home runs (three) than strikeouts recorded (two).

  • 12

The number of pitches needed by reliever Alex Wilson to complete 1.1 perfect innings. The right-hander struck out two and now sports a 1.69 ERA on the season. Wilson has only allowed six baserunners in his last 10.2 innings. He’s struck out six over that span as well. Brad Ausmus has only used the former Red Sox pitcher in two games that the Tigers won this season. It will be interesting to see if Ausmus starts regularly using him in more important games.

  • One

The number of runs allowed by the bullpen. Wilson, Al Alburquerque and Blaine Hardy kept the Brewers off the board until Joba Chamberlain let a run in during the ninth inning.

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Seattle Mariners Acquire Wellington Castro: Breaking Down the Trade

The Seattle Mariners made a move bolster their offense and production at the catcher position, bringing in veteran backstop Wellington Castro from the Chicago Cubs. The M’s traded reliever Yoervis Medina to Chicago in return.

On the surface the move seems reasonable. The M’s could use reinforcements behind the plate thanks to the offensive struggles of Mike Zunino (.179 batting average) and Jesus Sucre (.067).

For his part, Castro will provide an upgrade over Sucre, and is at worst a time-share option with Zunino.

The now former Cub’s best seasons came in 2012 and 2013 when he hit .271 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI over 165 games. That’s all fine and well until you consider his stat line since: 134 games, 15 home runs, 51 RBI, 114 strikeouts and a .229 batting average (including a .163 mark this season). Castro had a WAR of 4.5 in 2013, but has been worth a -0.1 WAR this year.

Even if Castro doesn’t return to his 2012/2013 form, production somewhere between that and his struggles this season should provide the M’s with an upgrade at catcher. The price paid to bring in that potential upgrade was… interesting.

Yoervis Medina, owner of a sparkling 2.82 ERA over 137 innings pitched, was moved to the Windy City in the transaction. Granted the reliever hasn’t been himself this year with lower strikeout rates, an increasing walk rate and more hits allowed per nine innings. Additionally, his WHIP and FIP are both up from last season. Basically Medina’s numbers have gone up in all the places you’d like them to go down and down in all the places you’d like them to go up.

Still, Medina has a 3.00 ERA this season in the big leagues and a 1.59 number with Triple-A Tacoma. It would be a different story if the M’s bullpen was the well-oiled machine that it was in years past, but this year it simply hasn’t been as stellar.

Carson Smith and Charlie Furbush have both put up numbers reminiscent of past year’s bullpens, but after that there are question marks. Fernando Rodney remains the team’s closer, but is sporting an ugly 5.65 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched. He has nine saves. Danny Farquhar isn’t far behind with a 4.74 ERA. Other ERA eyesores include Tyler Olson and Dominic Leone (5.40 ERA each). Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel and Mark Lowe all have ERAs under three, but have collectively thrown 14 innings.

Despite Medina’s dip in certain statistical areas, he would still provide a better option than some of the M’s recent options, including four pitchers with ERAs over 4.70.

The addition of Castro is a solid one, one that will pay dividends for the Mariners, but you can’t deal a promising reliever, minor struggles and all, when the rest of the bullpen is performing… well, how they’re performing.

All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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5 Stats to Know from the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Loss to the Milwaukee Brewers

  • Nine

The number of hits by the Tigers in the game. Detroit also drew two walks, but was unable to score more than the pair of runs.

  • Three

The number of runs allowed by Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein. It was a solid start for Lobstein, who scattered seven hits and the three runs (all earned) over 6.2 innings pitched. He struck out three while only walking one.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by the bullpen. Another solid day for Detroit’s ‘pen as Angel Nesbitt and Alex Wilson combining to throw 2.1 scoreless innings. The duo struck had a cumulative singular strikeout, walk and hit allowed.

  • One

The number of Tigers with multiple hits. J.D. Martinez had two hits in four plate-appearances.

  • Eight

The number of Brewers starters with a batting averages above .267. The Tigers aren’t going to win every game, but they should be padding the win column against offenses like the Brew Crew. The only Milwaukee starter hitting above .267? Shortstop Luis Sardinas, who is hitting .400 in only three games.

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Loss to the St. Louis Cardinals

  • Two

The number of Detroit Tigers with more than one hit. Ian Kinsler and James McCann each had two base hits.

  • Five

The number of Tigers to reach base during the game. Kinsler and McCann combined for four hits while Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias all had a single hit. Kinsler and Cabrera also drew singular walks.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by the Tigers bullpen. Another strong showing for the pen as Alex Wilson and Tom Gorzelanny combined to throw two scoreless frames. They allowed three hits.

  • One

The number of baserunners thrown out by catcher James McCann. Alex Avila’s replacement threw out Kolten Wong as the second baseman tried to steal second base. In addition to showing promise defensively, McCann is hitting as well, he owns a .292 batting average and six extra-base hits in 22 games this season.

  • Six

The number of Tigers starters after the game with a batting average of .280 or higher. Jose Iglesias leads the way at .346 while Yoenis Cespedes sits at the other end of the spectrum with a respectable .282 batting average.

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Win vs the St. Louis Cardinals

  • One

The number of home runs by Miguel Cabrera. It was Miggy’s 400th career bomb. Cabrera is now tied with Adrian Beltre for 52nd place on the all-time home run list.

  • 1

The number of scoreless innings thrown by the Tigers bullpen. Angel Nesbitt, Joba Chamberlain, Blaine Hardy and Joakim Soria combined to keep Cardinals off the board. The quartet allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four.

  • Eight

The number of Tigers position players with a hit. As the game was in St. Louis, there was no DH. David Price was the lone member of the starting nine without a hit.

  • Two

The number of walks by J.D. Martinez. Martinez has a tendency to pile up the strikeouts, but drew two walks in the win while recording a grand total of zero punch-outs.

  • Nine

The number of strikeouts by Tigers starter David Price. Price threw 6.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits. He struck out the nine to go along with two walks. Three of his hits left the yard.

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 10-4 Win vs the St. Louis Cardinals

  • Five

The number of innings thrown by Tigers starter Shane Greene. The former Yankee left early with an injury, but was effective in his time on the mound. He earned the win while allowing five hits and two walks. He struck out four.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by Al Alburquerque and Blaine Hardy. The duo were struggling, but seem to be on the right track. The duo struck out two and walked two.

  • Three

The number of home runs by the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes all went yard.

  • 17

The number of hits collected by Detroit. The Tigers now have 37 hits over the last two games.

  • Six

The number of Tigers with multiple hits. Anthony Gose, Cabrera, Cespedes and James McCann all had three hits apiece while Jose Iglesias and Martinez added two. In other words, only two non-pitcher starters for Detroit failed to register a hit. The two batters without multiple hits? Nick Castellanos and Ian Kinsler. Castellanos registered a base hit in four plate appearances while Kinsler scored a run and drove in a run while going 0-for-3 with a walk.

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10 Stats from the #Detroit #Tigers 13-1 Win vs the #Minnesota #Twins

Because I missed the last game, here are twice the stats from the Detroit Tigers blowout win over the Minnesota Twins.

  • Five

The number of runs driven in by Miguel Cabrera. Miggy went yard twice and scored three runs on three hits. He went 3-for-5.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by the Tigers bullpen. The ‘pen accounted for only one inning, but Al Alburquerque threw a scoreless ninth, striking out one in the process.

  • Eight

The number of innings pitched by Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. The former Marlin was superb in a start that suggests his troubles could be behind him. Sanchez allowed five hits, a walk and a run (it was earned) to go along with nine strikeouts. He’s back.

  • Four

The number of Tigers with three or more hits. Forget multiple hits in general, Rajai Davis, Bryan Holaday, Cabrera and Ian Kinsler all had at least three base hits. Gose led the way with four.

  • One

The number of Tigers starters who didn’t score a run. That starter would be Jose Iglesias, who went 1-for-5. While he didn’t score a run, he did drive one in.

  • 20

The number of hits by the Tigers as a team, four times more than the Twins hit total.

  • 1/1

J.D. Martinez’ strikeout-to-walk ratio for the game. The slugger struck out 126 times last season compared to only 30 walks. He’s already earned 13 base-on-balls this season in only 34 games. He had 30 walks in 123 games last season. His batting average may be down, but his walk total certainly looks to be on the rise.

  • .348

Anthony Gose’s batting average on the season. Gose isn’t starting every day, but is making the most of limited playing time. The centerfielder has 16 runs scored, ten extra-base hits, and six stolen bases in only 92 at-bats.

  • 4/5

The Tigers’ strikeout-to-walk ratio on the day. By comparison, the Twins strikeout-to-walk ratio was 10/1 in favor of strikeouts.

  • .240

Nick Castellanos’ batting average after the game. Castellanos stuffed the stat sheet with two hits, two runs scored, an RBI and two walks.

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