Don’t look now, but the Tigers are starting to come alive after a slow start to the season. Their pitching rotation is beginning to stabilize and their offense is starting to become more consistent. They are going for first place and look to be on a mission as at this point. The Tigers were able to defend their home turf as they took two out of three against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, then went up to take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium and won the series by taking two out of three.
Stud of the Week: Michael Fulmer
2 GS, 2-0, 12 IP, 4 H, 6 BB, 8 K, 0 R/ER, 0.00 ERA, 0.833 WHIP
Since being promoted from Triple-A Toledo, he has been an absolutely godsend for the Tigers. Originally acquired in the Yoenis Cespedes deal last trade deadline with the New York Mets, he’s quickly become a key member of the pitching rotation. He’s pitching like a true top-of-the-rotation guy as he has a solid fastball paired with a wipeout slider that completely devastates opposing batter. He has been one of the biggest reasons the starting pitching is performing better and is seemingly getting better with each and every outing.
Dud of the Week: Jordan Zimmermann
1 GS, 0-1, 4.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 HR, 3 K, 2.143 WHIP
Zimmermann got off to quick start in April but has been scuffling a bit as of late. He’s a solid pitcher and when he has everything working, he can dominate a game. When things aren’t working for him, that’s when it all goes south. His fastball has lost some velocity over the years, and when he’s not on his game, it has zero movement and is easily located by opposing batters. His offspeed stuff also has little depth when he’s not locked in and is just as easily hit as his fastball. He needs to start to gain a little more consistency in order for the Tigers to climb up in the AL Central standings.