Detroit Tigers relief pitchers haven’t had the best start to 2017. Here’s a look at the team’s current bullpen, as well as minor league options, trade targets and potential solutions.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen plenty of bullpen units struggle over the last few seasons. Much of this has been with the team’s failed acquisitions.
Last season looked to be different, as the team seemed to have found potential solutions.
This year however, things have been different.
Rodriguez has done anything but solidify the back end of the bullpen, surrendering 14.5 hits, 3.1 home runs and 2.1 walks per nine innings. He’s also allowed 14 of the 42 batters he’s faced to reach base via a base hit.
All of those numbers add up to a 1.846 WHIP and a 6.09 FIP.
While Rodriguez has hemorrhaged hits and runs at an unhealthy rate, Detroit only has one option to replace him with as closer, as the bullpen has generally struggled.