May 20, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Shane Greene (61) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
#2 Zero: Shane Greene
It is sad that Shane Greene has seemingly become a staple of the zero portion of this weekly list. After his strong start, aside from a brief respite, he has been just awful.
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When all else failed, the Detroit Tigers looked to him to give them some of that early season magic to help them break out of their long losing streak and avoid a rare sweep at home at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. He could not deliver.
In fact, he put his team in a major hole early, losing 4-0 by the third inning. He was gone in the fifth inning, pressing the bullpen into action early. They allowed runs and the score was 6-0 halfway through the game. That is a death sentence for this offense which, aside from Sunday’s game, is not really built to come from behind.
Greene has now allowed 15 earned runs in his last three starts spanning 11+ innings. That is just not good enough for the bottom half of the Tigers’ starting rotation.
With a chance to help Greene get things right by skipping him in the rotation during the upcoming week where the Tigers have two off-days sandwiched around the Chicago Cubs’ series, manager Brad Ausmus has chosen to send his two weakest starters of 2015 into action anyway.
Shane gets Wednesday’s game and Tuesday’s starter also earned his place on the #1 zero’s spot…
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