Things are definitely not going as planned right now for the Detroit Tigers. Most National Media members picked this team to either appear in or win the World Series, so expectations were set pretty high for this underachieving team, especially after the mid-season acquisition of ace David Price, which gives the Tigers the last three AL Cy Young winners all in the same rotation. Now the nightmare for any team in the middle of a World Series or bust mode has happened for the Detroit Tigers, injuries to the starting rotation. In a weeks span the Tigers have seen starters Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez both go down with injuries, now the team will look to youngsters Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer, to see what big league contributions they make to this scuffling team.
Ray, who will start August 12th in Pittsburgh, has appeared in four games already this season for the Tigers and has been more than serviceable for the team. In four games Ray, has started three and possess a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 4.70. Ray has spent the entire season in AAA Toledo since being acquired from Washington in the Doug Fister deal, there he has appeared in nineteen games and has a record of 7-5 and carries an ERA of 3.72.
Farmer, who will start August 13th at home vs. Pittsburgh has been a shining star for the Tigers since being drafted in the 5th round of this years draft out of Georgia Tech. Farmer started his pro career in Single-A West Michigan, where he started 18 games for the Whitecaps posting a 10-5 record with a 2.60 ERA. Farmer has also struck out 116, walked 24 and has a WHIP of 1.11. Farmer is currently ranked as the 8th best prospect in the Tigers organization.