Detroit Tigers: Week 8 Heroes and Zeroes
By Matt Pelc
May 25, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Shane Greene (61) prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
#3 Zero: Shane Greene
With Kyle Lobstein injured and Justin Verlander still another rehab start or two away from making a contribution for the Detroit Tigers, the team really needed Shane Greene to step up last week.
He did just the opposite.
In a week in which the Tigers had a “bullpen” start and a Buck Farmer start because of Alfredo Simon being away on bereavement leave, Greene allowing 11 earned runs in two outings is just inexcusable. On Saturday he could not even make his way out of the second inning and was charged with seven earned runs in the 8-6 loss.
This followed another uneven start in which Shane allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of a 4-0 loss to Oakland.
It is particularly disappointing because Greene had seemingly turned a corner. After allowing 20 runs in three starts from April 24 to May 5, he allowed just three runs over 19.1 innings until this latest rough patch.
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