Tigers in Major League Baseball

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Nick Tepesch joined the ranks of the major leagues since our last update.</i>
Nick Tepesch joined the ranks of the major leagues since our last update.

May 21, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - It was another busy week for former Tiger baseball players at the professional level. The Texas Rangers called up Nick Tepesch to join their major league roster, giving Mizzou five alums in the big leagues. Below is a look at what each guy has done since we last checked in.

Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers- Seventh Season- Starting Pitcher
Max Scherzer has continued his winning ways in his last two starts, beating the Minnesota Twins on May 10th and the Boston Red Sox on May 16th. Facing fellow Mizzou alum Kyle Gibson, Scherzer let up three earned runs in six innings of work to earn the victory against the Twins. The Red Sox failed to score a run against the former Tiger, earning the win on six innings pitched, striking out seven Red Sox. The Cy Young hopeful is now 6-1 with a league-leading 1.83 ERA. The 29-year-old is ranked third in the American League in wins with six and in strikeouts with 73. The two wins have helped the Tigers stretch their AL Central lead to seven games. They currently have the best winning percentage in the MLB at .675 (27-13). Scherzer is next scheduled to face the Cleveland Indians on May 21st.

Kyle Gibson- Minnesota Twins- Second Season- Starting Pitcher
Since last checking in with Kyle Gibson, he lost a game against the Detroit Tigers on May 10th and beat the Seattle Mariners on May 16th. Gibson was roughed up in the start against the Tigers, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in two innings. Gibson got back on track in his next start, pitching seven innings against the Mariners, giving up one earned run on six hits and four strikeouts. The 6'6" right-hander is now 4-3 on the season with a 4.20 ERA. In Gibson's eight starts, he has four quality starts. Gibson's effective pitching has helped the Twins stay near .500 so far this season, an accomplishment for a team that has lost more than 90 games the last three seasons. Gibson will make his next start on Friday May 23rd against the San Francisco Giants.



Ian Kinsler- Detroit Tigers- Ninth Season- Second Base
In Kinsler's last 10 games, he is hitting .326 with 14 hits, two home runs, and four RBIs. In front of a national television audience on May 18th, the Mizzou alum had four hits against the Boston Red Sox. Three of Kinsler's hits were singles and one was a double, the first two of which hit off the famous Green Monster at Fenway Park. Kinsler went 4-for-5 on the night and also scored two runs. The right-handed hitter has raised his average to .312, good for seventh best in the American League. He is also fourth in the American League with 29 runs. Kinsler has played in each of the Tigers 40 games so far, a key piece to the Tigers' hot start.

Aaron Crow- Kansas City Royals- Fourth Season- Relief Pitcher
Hitters finally got to Aaron Crow in his last outing on May 18th against the Baltimore Orioles. Crow gave up three earned runs in 0.1 innings of work. In his previous 19 outings this season, Crow did not allow a run. The righty's ERA is now 1.58 on the season and he remains 1-1. In 17.1 innings of work, Crow has only allowed 11 hits and six walks. The Royals have won 13 times in the 20 games Crow has pitched in, helping them solidify victories and keeping them around .500 at 22-22.

Nick Tepesch- Texas Rangers- Second Season- Starting Pitcher
The Texas Rangers called up former Mizzou pitcher Nick Tepesch to make a start against the Houston Astros on May 14th. Tepesch pitched 5.1 innings and gave up one earned run on two hits and three walks. The 25-year-old struck out eight Astros in the start, but did not earn the win in a 5-4 loss to Houston. Tepesch is slated to start Wednesday May 21st against the Seattle Mariners.

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