Detroit Tigers Heroes and Zeroes Week 12: J.D. Martinez rises

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Jun 9, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann (34) and relief pitcher Alex Wilson (30) celebrate after the game against the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park. Detroit won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

#4 Hero: Alex Wilson

As we mentioned in the previous entry, the only reliable option out of the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen lately is Alex Wilson.

Wilson once again does everything that is asked of him, appearing in four games last week and shutting down the opposition. He even helped stabilize the team after an incredibly weird situation when “miscommunication” led to David Price‘s day being cut short on Sunday.

His nearly two innings of scoreless work helped the Tigers stay in the game to stage their stirring comeback with four runs in the eighth inning to tie and a James McCann walk-off in the ninth to win it.

Wilson’s numbers this year continue to astonish. He has appeared in 26 games, spanning 39 innings, allowing just seven earned runs for a 2.81 ERA and 0.872 WHIP.

As bad as the Tigers’ bullpen has been in June, including closer Joakim Soria‘s struggles with the long ball and infrequent appearances, you have to wonder where they’d be without Alex Wilson.

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