May 29, 2014
COLUMBIA, MO- Second year pitcher Nick Tepesch won both of his starts in the last week to increase his career win total to six. Ian Kinsler continues to excel at the plate and with the glove for the first place Detroit Tigers. The Royals continue to rely on former Tiger Aaron Crow out of the bullpen in key situations.
Max Scherzer- Detroit Tigers- Seventh Season- Starting Pitcher
The former Tiger had two no-decisions in the past week. Scherzer went seven innings against the Cleveland Indians on May 21 and six innings at Oakland on May 27. The Indians scored seven runs on 12 hits and two walks against the Tiger ace. The Athletics scored five runs off of Scherzer on eight hits and two walks. The two outings caused his ERA to rise to 3.38. The righty remains 6-1 and is ranked fifth in the American League in wins and strikeouts (82). The Mizzou alum looks to get his Cy Young campaign back on track Sunday, June 1 against the Seattle Mariners.
Ian Kinsler- Detroit Tigers- Ninth Season- Second Base
Ian Kinsler continued his hot start to the season, torching his former team, the Texas Rangers in a four game series last week. The nine-year veteran went 8-for-17 with four runs and two RBIs against Texas. The middle two games of the series, Kinsler went 3-for-4 and 3-for-5. The 31-year-old's average is now .316, ranked seventh in the American League. The Tigers lethal lineup is benefiting from Kinsler's .345 OBP, driving him in 35 times. The Mizzou alum has only made one error on the season, posting a fielding percentage of .995. The Tigers still remain first in the American League Central at 29-20, four games ahead of the Chicago White Sox.
Kyle Gibson- Minnesota Twins- Second Season- Starting Pitcher
Since previously checking in with the former Tiger, Gibson lost a start against the San Francisco Giants and pitched six scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers in a no decision. The 26-year-old gave up five runs over five innings on five hits at San Francisco on May 23. On May 28, Gibson fanned four Rangers over six innings allowing six hits and no runs. Gibson is now 4-4 with a 4.18 ERA. Each of Gibson's four losses has come on the road this season. The righty looks to turn his luck around Monday, June 2 at Miller Park in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
Aaron Crow- Kansas City Royals- Fourth Season- Relief Pitcher
Aaron Crow has appeared four times for the Royals since last week, picking up a win on May 24th against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that outing, Crow pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one batter while giving up two hits. The former Tiger has pitched in 24 games this season, giving up runs in just three appearances. Opposing hitters are having a difficult time figuring Crow out this season, hitting .213 against the 6-3 righty. His ERA is now 2.49 and is 2-1 on the season.
Nick Tepesch- Texas Rangers- Second Season- Starting Pitcher
After pitching effectively in his season debut, Tepesch picked up two victories against the Seattle Mariners on May 21 and the Minnesota Twins on May 26. The victories were the fifth and sixth of his career. Against the Mariners, the young pitcher went 6.1 innings, giving up three earned runs on hit hits and two walks, while striking out four batters. Against Minnesota, he went 6.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and four strikeouts. Tepesch is now 2-0 on the season, with a 2.95 ERA over 18.1 innings. Tepesch will look to continue his winning ways on Saturday May 31, when he makes his next start at the Washington Nationals.
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