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Detroit Tigers lesson learned in September: Starting depth isn’t ideal

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 removes starting pitcher Myles Jaye #65 of the Detroit Tigers from the game during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 removes starting pitcher Myles Jaye #65 of the Detroit Tigers from the game during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 9: Chad Bell #64 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

How the rest of the young starters fared

Meanwhile, Bell made four starts.

Total, those four outings spanned just 15.1 innings.

All told the southpaw faced 80 batters, giving up 27 hits, 16 runs, nine walks and four home runs in the process.

He also hit a batter. So yeah, not a great ratio there.

Next up is Jaye, who earned a pair of starts, but only made it through 5.1 innings. He faced 35 batters and gave up 13 runs, 12 hits, four walks and two home runs.

Rounding out the list is Lewicki, who made just one start. He gave up 11 hits, five runs and a walk in five innings against Kansas City.

Obviously some of those stats are due to sky-high BABIP numbers.

Of the aforementioned group, Farmer actually had the lowest BABIP at .377.

It could also be that these players could bounce back in 2018.

Players often struggle in their first extended shot at Major League playing time only to start to figure things out the next time around at the game’s highest level.

Still, even if that is the case for some of these hurlers, it doesn’t exactly paint Detroit’s rotation depth in the best light at the moment.

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