July 17, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As the first half of the MLB season comes to a close, several Tigers find themselves on big-league rosters. One former Tiger finds himself in the running for several accolades and was perfect in the All-Star Game. As the second half starts and contenders separate themselves from pretenders, several Tigers look to make themselves into household names. Here's how your former Tigers are doing in The Show:
Aaron Crow - RP - Kansas City Royals
>Aaron Crow is getting hot going into the second half. In the 10 games leading up to the break, Crow went 3-1 and posted a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings. He struck out nine while walking three and he gave up just two earned runs. Crow finished the first half with a 6-3 record and a 3.38 ERA in 36 games.
Kyle Gibson - SP - Minnesota Twins
Leading up to the All-Star break,>Kyle Gibson made only one start since our last update. He collected the win despite throwing 5.0 innings and giving up two earned runs. Gibson struggled with his control, giving up five hits and walking four to just one strikeout. Gibson is a major component of the Twins' rebuilding effort so look for him to continue to get opportunities at the big league level.
Ian Kinsler - 2B - Texas Rangers
After suffering an injury to his rib cage,>Ian Kinsler has been a steady presence in the Rangers lineup. Kinsler finished the first half with a .281 batting average and a .359 on-base percentage. Kinsler also had 23 extra base hits, including nine home runs, and scored 40 runs. Kinsler has been a dependable player for the Rangers and a strong second half from him will help keep them in the AL West race.
Max Scherzer - SP - Detroit Tigers
>Max Scherzer was the perfect candidate to start the All-Star Game for the AL, throwing 1.0 inning and striking out former National League MVP Joey Votto during a perfect frame. Scherzer was absolutely dominant and nearly perfect in the first half, going 13-1 in 19 starts - his first loss came in his last start against the Texas Rangers - and posting a 3.19 ERA in 129.2 innings. Scherzer also has 152 strikeouts to 31 walks on the season. If he can continue his dominance in the second half, then Scherzer is a prime candidate to win the AL Cy Young. Scherzer is also a key cog for their second half push to the playoffs.
Nick Tepesch - SP - Texas Rangers
>Nick Tepesch is currently on the 15-day DL (retroactive to July 7) with right elbow inflammation. He is expected to return after the All-Star break. Tepesch has posted a strong rookie campaign, starting 16 games and throwing 85.1 innings while posting a 4.85 ERA. Tepesch also has 70 strikeouts to just 23 walks. Going into the season, Tepesch never thought he would be starting in the bigs this year. Now, Tepesch finds himself as an important piece to the Rangers' playoff push.
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