Detroit Tigers Spring Training Preview: Bullpen Locks
Since coming over from the Boston Red Sox with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitching prospect Gabe Speier in the Rick Porcello deal, Wilson has quietly become an extremely effective reliever.
The 30-year-old doesn’t throw particularly hard, and he doesn’t strike out as many hitters as Rondon—however, he gets results.
Wilson has pitched to a 2.58 ERA in 143 innings since joining Detroit. While he only struck out 87 batters in a Tigers uniform, the right-hander has only been tagged for 32 walks and 10 home runs total.
It’s safe to say Mark Lowe’s first season in Detroit didn’t go as planned.
The reliever made 54 appearances, logging 49.1 innings. Lowe’s ERA finished at 7.11, while his FIP and xFIP finished at 5.66 and 4.76 respectively.
However, there’s reason to believe the right-hander could be in for a rebound campaign next season.
The former Mariner’s SIERA came in at just 4.07, while he pitched to a 2.95 ERA in his final 21.1 innings.
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If Lowe can continue to pitch at that rate, the Detroit Tigers will be in an excellent position to return to participate in playoff baseball.