Detroit Tigers: With Michael Fulmer out for season, focus should shift to identifying future rotation fits
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So far in September, it has been just that—difficult.
Buck Farmer’s winning effort on September 8 has been the only real bright spot. In the 5-4 win against Toronto, Farmer allowed just five hits, one earned run and a pair of walks in five frames.
However, that start was preceded by a three-inning effort where Cleveland jumped on the right-hander for five runs, three walks and a trio of hits in three innings.
Jaye didn’t allow a run in his first 5.2 relief outings.
That being said, he was also hit hard by Cleveland in his first start as Detroit’s American League Central rivals tagged the 25-year-old for seven runs on seven hits, two walks and a home run in just 3.2 frames.
Lewicki also had troubles against another American League Central foe.
The former eighth-round pick was hit around for 11 base knocks in five innings against Kansas City in his Major League debut. He also surrendered a home run and five runs.
Rounding out the list is Bell, who has spent most of the season working out of Detroit’s bullpen as a long reliever.
So far in two starts, he’s yet to make it to the five-inning plateau.
Bell has thrown a combined 8.2 frames against Cleveland and Toronto, striking out six and allowing 13 hits, seven runs (all earned), five walks and a home run in the process.