Detroit Tigers: Hot bats highlight the weekend
Francisco Liriano dominated in the loss Sunday against the Royals. He pitched 5.1 innings against the Royals giving up just two hits while fanning six batters and allowing one home run. Liriano had a no-hitter against the Royals up until the sixth inning.
His no-no was broken up by a solo home run off of Whit Merrifield. Had he gone the distance it would have been the second one of his career. His first was back in 2011 against the White Sox as a member of the Twins Organization.
Daniel Norris’s made a spot start on Friday and posted a solid inning. Going 4.2 innings and recording fourteen outs. Despite that, his mid-90s fastball is still missing and according to the Free Press “he’s still looking for it“.
Mike Fiers posted a solid outing as well on Friday posting 5.1 innings of work. He got all the help he could from the Tigers bats as the Olde English D routed the Royals 12-4 on Friday. The Tiger starting rotation has already shown signs of success this year. With new pitching Coach Chris Bosio, Kurt Mensching of the Athletic, points out that the success so far can be attributed to the slider.
The hitting came around this week and the starting rotation continued to post solid outings. The Detroit Tigers are playing good baseball early on.