Detroit Tigers need another setup option

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Jun 6, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Blaine Hardy (36) in front of umpire Joe West in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 6, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Blaine Hardy (36) in front of umpire Joe West in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 4, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson (30) pitches in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Alex Wilson in 2017

As per usual, the right-hander getting results, with a 1.061 WHIP and a 3.29 ERA.

However, the right-hander isn’t always perfect.

Over his last nine innings, the former Red Sox hurler has allowed 12 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and two home runs.

That span has seen his ERA balloon from 1.47 to 3.29.

Wilson has pitched in the eighth inning in all but one of those outings.

Help wanted

With the Detroit Tigers needing to start winning games on a more consistent basis, another option is needed to pair with Wilson.

The Tigers run the risk of burning out the bullpen early with so few options available.

In terms of internal additions, there are a few who could make an impact out of the bullpen.

Leading the way is Bruce Rondon, who has bounced back nicely in Triple-A after a rough start to the year. The hard-throwing right-hand showed that he has closer-like stuff last season, and probably would be back in the Majors if it weren’t for a high walk rate.

In 20.2 frames for Toledo, Rondon has punched out 11.32 batters per nine innings while also notching a 3.48 ERA and a 3.77 FIP.

The reliever’s walks per nine frames rate currently sits at 6.97.

Joe Jimenez certainly has the stuff to be successful late in games, but he’s currently on the disabled list in the minors. Once healthy, he could renter the mix.

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