Five Potential September Call Ups for the Detroit Tigers

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June 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jose Alvarez (52) pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Alvarez

Jose Alvarez had to make five starts for the Tigers this year and fared pretty well. Not great, but getting a 4.62 ERA from your number six starter isn’t horrible. Jim Leyland will probably want a man or two in the pen in September in case of emergency (it’s never fun to be running out of arms in the 14th inning), but might Alvarez have a shot at the postseason roster? It’s probably a long, long shot, but Phil Coke is clearly falling out of favor, and he hasn’t been all that good against lefties this season (.307 OBP allowed). Alvarez hasn’t performed all that well against left-handed hitters himself this season, but a lot of his .382 OBP against probably has to do with a .400 BABIP. He’s struck out 26% of the lefties he’s faced, so perhaps he deserves a chance? Pitchers always get better when they switch to relief.

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  • chrisHannum

    Wouldn’t Al Al need to be on the 25 when rosters expand in order to be postseason eligible?

    • Matt Snyder

      No, because Marte will be on the DL when the season ends, any pitcher in the organization will be eligible for the postseason roster. It’s a loophole-ish rule that is likely the reason they called him up simply to put him on the DL.

      • Damus Fucious

        Not restricted to just a pitcher, but even a batter could replace Marte.