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Detroit Tigers 2016 Season Review: Alex Wilson

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Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson (30) pitches in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson (30) pitches in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 14, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson (30) pitches in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila brought in three relievers to bolster the bullpen ahead of last season. However one of the team’s best bullpen arms was returning reliever Alex Wilson.

Detroit Tigers reliever Alex Wilson has outlasted the two other pieces acquired with him from Boston (Yoenis Cespedes and prospect Gabe Speier), quietly establishing himself as one of baseball’s most effective relievers.

He won’t blow anyone away with his fastball or miss a ton of bats (8.9 swinging strike percentage), but it is clear that Wilson knows how to get batters out.

The reliever has registered ERAs under three in each of his first two seasons, including a 2.96 number last season. While Wilson’s 4.33 SIERA and 4.58 xFIP aren’t necessarily anything to write home about, he did pitch exceptionally well after some initial struggles.

An early, 11-game stretch in May saw the reliever’s ERA balloon to 11.17 after being tagged for 18 hits, 12 earned runs, five walks and two home runs in just 9.2 innings pitched.

However, following that span, Wilson was back to pitching like the reliever who was Brad Ausmus’ only reliable option in 2014.

The former Red Sox pitcher notched a 1.95 ERA over the final 55.1 innings of the season, providing Ausmus with a reliable arm to turn to when Justin Wilson and Shane Greene struggled.

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