Detroit Tigers: Joe Jimenez should be used more in second half, regardless of trades
Why Joe Jimenez should be added to the Detroit Tigers bullpen
At this point, Jimenez make an ideal addition to a Detroit bullpen that is 20th in WAR, 22nd in strikeouts per nine innings, 23rd in ERA, 25th in FIP and 30th in xFIP over the last 30 days.
On the season, only Nationals relievers have a lower WAR.
With our without Justin Wilson
Jimenez should be added to the bullpen for the stretch run this season regardless of whether Justin Wilson is dealt or not.
If Justin Wilson stays
Not only would the right-hander add another dimension to the relief corps with his ability to miss bats, but he’d also give manager Brad Ausmus an extra option to use late in games.
Additionally, Jimenez can step in for Alex Wilson in a setup role. Wilson has struggled as of late, allowing 30 hits, 15 runs, six walks and two home runs in his last 16.1 innings.
While Bruce Rondon’s return to form has certainly helped things, Wilson’s struggles have limited manager Brad Ausmus’ options late in games.
As of now, Rondon, Shane Greene and Daniel Stumpf are Ausmus’ top options.
With Jimenez in the bullpen, the Tigers can mix and match more and not have to lean on the same pitcher or pitchers over and over again.