July 10, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As the first half of the MLB season comes to a close, several Tigers find themselves on big-league rosters, with one in the running win several accolades, including a start in the All-Star Game. A couple of Tigers are heating up and a couple of more continue to make a name for themselves. Here's how your former Tigers are doing In The Show:
Aaron Crow - RP - Kansas City Royals
The former first round pick and All-Star has been pitching well for the Royals as of late. Since our last post, Crow has not allowed an earned run and has racked up seven strikeouts in the last 6.2 innings while walking only two batters. His ERA has dropped to 3.25 during his current hot streak.
Kyle Gibson - SP - Minnesota Twins
Congratulations to>Kyle Gibson on his big league debut! Gibson debuted on June 29 at home against the Royals. Giving up only two earned runs, Gibby struck out six Royals in 6.0 innings to get his first MLB win. Gibson struggled in his followed start against the Yankees (eight earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched). Although he pitched well against the Rays, Gibson still suffered the loss. Gibson is a key cog to the Twins' rebuilding efforts and will be in Minnesota for many years to come.
Ian Kinsler - 2B - Texas Rangers
Max Scherzer - SP - Detroit Tigers
Although he's cooled off since coming from the DL, Kinsler continues to produce for the Rangers. On the season, Kinsler is hitting .291 and has eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 251 at bats. Kinsler has also has just 23 strikeouts compared to 26 walks. Kinsler has been a catalyst to the Rangers offense. Look for Kinsler to post strong second half numbers as the battle royale for the AL West title heats up.
Despite being a shoo-in and the leading candidate to start the game, we still want to congratulate>Max Scherzer
on making the trip to Citi Field for his first All-Star game. Scherzer continues to dominate this season and has a 3.06 ERA, 146 strikeouts in 123.2 innings pitched. He also has a microscopic 0.95 WHIP. Let's not forget, he's perfect (13-0).
Nick Tepesch - SP - Texas Rangers
Currently,>Nick Tepesch is on the 15-day DL (retroactive to July 7) with right elbow inflammation. He is expected to return after the All-Star break. Pitching in his first MLB season, Tepesch has posted solid numbers as a rookie in the Rangers rotation. On the year, Tepesch has pitched 85.1 innings during 16 starts. He has a 4.85 ERA and has recorded 70 strikeouts to just 23 walks.
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