5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 9-1 Win over the Chicago White Sox

  • 2

The number of home runs by outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, including his first career grand slam. On the day, the former Oakland slugger went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one strikeout and…

  • 6

The number of runs driven in by Cespedes. The Cuban outfielder had a career day against the White Sox, almost single-handedly propelling the team to victory. Cespedes also has six hits in eight lifetime at bats against Chicago starter Jose Quintana. Four of those six hits have left the yard.

  • 39

Shane Greene’s ERA on the season. The former Yankee has been one of the best pitchers in the league since joining the Tigers. He allowed his first earned run of the season, raising his ERA drastically from 0.00 to 0.39. Greene has thrown at least seven innings in each of his starts.

(RELATED: Statistical Impact of Tigers’ New Additions)

  • 0

The number of runs surrendered by the Tigers bullpen. Ian Krol and Angel Nesbitt struck out a batter in an inning of work each. The duo surrendered a single hit between them and didn’t walk any batters. Nesbitt has yet to allow a run this season while Krol’s ERA sits at a solid 2.70.

  • .436

Jose Iglesias’ batting average on the season. The shortstop continued his torrid start with another hit on Sunday.

Next up—the Tigers kick off a seven-game home stand with a four-game series against the Yankees on Monday.

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5 Stats to Know from the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Loss to the Chicago White Sox

  • Nine

The number of runs given up by Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez in a start to forget for him and Tigers fans. Sanchez also allowed nine hits.

  • Two

The number of home runs and walks surrendered by Sanchez. Let me say it again— a start to forget.

  • Three

The number of runs given up by Sanchez’ replacement, Blaine Hardy. Hardy gave up three runs in only 1.1 innings pitched while allowing five hits and a walk. He struck out zero. One of last season’s breakout performers, Hardy’s ERA on the season is now 12.46.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by the Tigers’ bullpen after Hardy’s departure. In fact, the team only allowed five baserunners the rest of the way while striking out two. Angel Nesbitt threw 1.1 scoreless innings while Tom Gorzelanny, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain all threw scoreless frames.

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  • Five

J.D. Martinez hit his fifth home run of the season in the loss. His batting average sits at .255, but no one can doubt Martinez’ power. He’s proving that last season was no fluke.

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Detroit Tigers: Statistical Impacts of New Additions

  • Yoenis Cespedes

Acquired via: Trade, with Gabe Speier and Alex Wilson for Rick Porcello

Maybe the biggest name brought in by the Tigers this offseason, Cespedes has come out of the gates swinging for Detroit. Entering Friday he was hitting .308 with four doubles, three RBI and a triple in 40 plate appearances. He hit his first home run against Jeff Samardzija on Friday and while his 9-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio isn’t pretty, he’ll be a constant threat in a middle-of-the-lineup that also features Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez.

  • Shane Greene

Acquired via: Trade, for Robbie Ray and Domingo Leyba

Acquired in a three-team trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks that also saw the Tigers relinquish prospects Robbie Ray and Domingo Leyba, Greene has been one of, if not the best pitcher for the Tigers (which is saying something considering David Price’s fantastic start to the season).

The 26-year-old has two wins in two starts while allowing a grand total of one run. That run was unearned. The former Yankee has shown great promise, only allowing one walk while lasting eight innings in both starts. His ERA won’t be 0.00 at the end of the season, but it looks like Dave Dombrowski found yet another gem.

  • Anthony Gose

Acquired via: Trade for Deon Travis

Yet another under-the-radar acquisition by Dombrowski, Gose has added a plus defender to the Tigers outfield while showing improved signs with the bat. The former Blue Jay entered the season as a career .234 hitter but has shown flashes of immense promise thanks to a .391 batting average. He’s also contributed two doubles, a triple, a home run, a stolen base and five RBI.

  • Alfredo Simon

Acquired via: Trade for Eugenio Suarez and Johnathon Crawford

Acquired in a trade with Cincinnati for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and relief prospect Johnathon Crawford, Simon has turned in nearly as impressive as a start as his fellow-rotation mate Greene. The former reliever has a sparkling 2.03 ERA over two starts (both wins). He’s struck out five and walked zero batters. There were questions about Simon coming into the season and whether he could replicate the form that made him an All-Star last season, but so far Simon is thriving.

  • Tom Gorzelanny

Acquired via: Free Agency

Signed as a free agent to fill a need in the bullpen, Gorzelanny has been solid in his two appearances, allowing only two hits in 2.2 innings pitched. He has a strikeout and has yet to walk a batter. He’ll get more work as the season progresses, so expect to see more of the former Pirates starter. He posted a 0.86 ERA in 23 appearances for Milwaukee last season.

(RELATED: Should the Tigers Sign Rafael Soriano?)

Continue to check back this season for updates on the newest Tigers and how they’re faring in their first season in Detroit.

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5 Stats to Know from the Detroit Tigers’ 2-1 Win over the Chicago White Sox

  • 40

David Price’s ERA on the season. Price allowed his first earned run of the season on Friday, giving him exactly one earned run in 22.1 innings.

  • One

Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run of the season and as a Tiger in the victory. Cespedes, who was starting in place of Victor Martinez at designated hitter, went 1-for-4 on the day with two strikeouts.

  • Two

The number of hits by shortstop Jose Iglesias, who continues his torrid start. The slick fielder is hitting a robust .484 on the season and earned the win with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Andrew Romine.

  • 10

The number of hits collected by the Tigers against Jeff Samardzija and ace reliever Zach Duke. Anthony Gose, Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos and Iglesias all had hits apiece while Cespedes and Rajai Davis also added a hit each.

  • Zero

The number of runs/hits/walks allowed by closer Joakim Soria in the ninth inning. The closer pitched a perfect inning in the top half of the ninth before picking up the win on Iglesias’ walk-off hit.

(RELATED: Should the Tigers Sign Rafael Soriano?)

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Win over the Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 10

The number of strikeouts by Tigers hitters. A 10/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio is never a good thing, but Detroit was able to pull out another win regardless.

  • Two

The number of hits surrendered by the Tigers pitchers. Detroit pitchers didn’t allow a walk either. Nick Castellanos also had two hits in three plate appearances, helping him break out of a mini slump that saw him put up a 3-for-17 line over his last four contests.

  • Four

This game marked the fourth save for closer Joakim Soria, who pitched a perfect ninth. This was Soria’s third straight perfect inning. The closer has faced 17 batters and only allowed two baserunners, both came in a 9-6 win over Cleveland. He’s only allowed one run on the season as well—that run also came in the 9-6 win over Cleveland.

  • 03

Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon’s ERA after the game. After allowing three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings against the Indians in his first start, Simon rebounded with a spectacular effort. The former Cincinnati Red held the Pirates scoreless through eight innings while only surrendering two hits. He struck out two.

  • One

The number of runs needed to win the game. This came on a solo home run by Rajai Davis in the sixth inning. It was Davis’ first home run of the year and only his second RBI.

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Should the Tigers Sign Rafael Soriano?

The Detroit Tigers are 7-1 yet are being lambasted for the same bullpen issues that have caused them grief over the past few seasons. There are reports that Detroit is monitoring free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.

You can’t exactly blame the Tigers for trying to be proactive in upgrading their bullpen, but do they need Soriano?

On the surface, signing the Scott Boras seems like an idea that is somewhere between decent and good. The closer posted 32 saves to go along with a respectable/solid 3.19 ERA over 62 innings in 64 appearances for the Washington Nationals last season. Once again, on the surface the fact that he is available at this late stage is confusing. However, once you look at the reliever’s splits, you understand why.

Rafael Soriano was on fire during the first half of the season. He posted a sparkling 0.97 ERA in 37 appearances, racking up 22 saves. That’s pretty good right? Right.

The next logical question is “how did Soriano’s earned run average shoot to 3.19?” Well, I’m glad you asked, and I’ll tell you, he posted a 6.48 ERA in the second half of the season and on the whole a 4.34 ERA away from home. His opponent’s batting average against him jumped from .153 in the first half to .305 in the second. He surrendered three times as many home runs in the second half.

Was this a sign of age? Was it an anomaly? It very well could be either. Soriano posted a 2.71 ERA form 2006 to 2013 to go along with 173 saves. He eclipsed over 40 saves three times over that span. It may be age catching up with Soriano, or it may be an anomaly.

If one thing is for certain it is that Soriano’s agent, Scott Boras, will look to sell last season as just that—an anomaly. If Boras can do that, he’ll get a quality payday for his client. This prevents the big issue for the Tigers, do they want to give an older closer significant money as somewhat of an impulse buy? Joe Nathan hasn’t been the Joe Nathan of old… yet, while Jose Valverde eventually went down in flames.

If Joakim Soria continues to perform well in a late-inning role, Detroit may feel inclined to entrench him as a long-term solution at the back-end of the bullpen. If he is able to establish himself there, do the Tigers really want to pay him and Soriano top money?

There’s also the question of the Tigers’ need for Soriano. It may be a different story if the Tigers were losing, but things are going well. The team has only lost once and has received solid work from the bullpen. Soria has been good in the ninth while Nathan converted his only save opportunity. The duo have combined for four saves. If Soriano was to be signed, he would be the clear third option behind Soria and Nathan. It also happens that the former National’s worst season as a full-time regular came in 2011 when he was… wait for it… a setup man.

Do the Tigers want to (likely) overpay for a setup reliever who posted a 4.12 ERA in his last season setting up the closer? No. Absolutely not.

Detroit is well-stocked with potential setup relievers. Whoever doesn’t claim the closer role out of Nathan and Soria will serve as the setup man while Bruce Rondon (when healthy) is another name to watch. Additionally, Angel Nesbitt as looked sharp so far and has yet to allow a run. Tom Gorzelanny, another reliever in his first season in Motown, hasn’t allowed a run either. Ian Krol and Al Alburquerque have looked solid while Joba Chamberlain seems to have put last year’s collapse against Baltimore behind him.

Verdict:

The Tigers are well stocked in relief and are preforming well so far this season. They also don’t want to overpay for Soriano. It also poses the fact that if the Tigers felt comfortable with the likes of Rondon, Nesbitt and Soria in the offseason that they felt they didn’t need Soriano. With those pieces preforming well so far, do they need Soriano now?

The answer is no.

It should also be pointed out that Detroit have been here before. Jim Johnson and Joel Hanrahan, two former All-star closers looking to rebound, didn’t pan out in Detroit. The Tigers probably don’t want to play another waiting game like they did with those two.

If signed by Detroit, Rafael Soriano is probably going to be an over-expensive, underperforming setup reliever, something the Tigers don’t need. I’d love to see Soriano prove me wrong and be a moderately priced, impact reliever for the Tigers, but in reality, that probably isn’t going to happen. Detroit should stay away.

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Fun Fact of the Day: Teammates Jason Vargas & Kendrys Morales Were Traded for Each Other

Fun fact, Jason Vargas and Kendrys Morales were once traded for each other. Morales went from Anaheim to Seattle with Vargas going the other direction.

Both are now members of the Kansas City Royals. Vargas is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA after one start while Morales is hitting .414 with two home runs, five RBI, three doubles and five walks. Entering the day, he is fifth in the American League in batting average

5 Stats to Know from the Tigers 2-0 Win vs the Pirates

  • 1

The minimum number of times ever Tigers starting position player reached base. Rajai Davis and Jose Iglesias contributed two hits and a walk each while every other starting position player, with the exception of Alex Avila, registered a hit. Avila drew a walk and scored a run in three plate appearances.

  • 8

The number of shutout innings thrown by new Tiger Shane Greene. The former Yankee went eight innings without allowing an earned run for the second straight start. He’s 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the season. His strikeout-to-walk ratio sits at 8/1.

  • 3

The number of hits allowed by Greene. He also struck out three. The game was also the third shutout pitched by the Tigers this season. David Price and Anibal Sanchez gained the wins in those games.

  • 10

The number of pitches needed by closer Joakim Soria to work a perfect ninth. Soria lowered his ERA to 2.45 after the outing while making a strong case to retain closer duties once Joe Nathan returns.

  • 2

The number of hits by Jose Iglesias. The slick-fielding shortstop continues to impress with the bat after scoring a run and drawing a walk in the 2-0 win. He overtook teammate Miguel Cabrera for the American League lead in batting average.

Next up: the Tigers face the Pirates in the rubber match of the three-game series as Alfredo Simon takes on former Twin/White Sox Francisco Liriano.

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