Detroit Tigers: Opening Day 2021 Roster Projection 3.0
Detroit Tigers Projected Starting Rotation on April 1st.
- Matthew Boyd
- Julio Teheran
- Tarik Skubal
- Michael Fulmer
- Jose Urena
After Michael Fulmer’s last start and how the Tigers used him in today’s game against the Phillies out of the bullpen, he may start the season there since Spencer Turnbull’s status due to COVID-19 procedures may put a delay in when he will start the season. Urena, I admit, I thought would be best out of the bullpen in my original projection. But looking deeper in at his numbers, it may not be the case.
Urena’s stat line: 61 IP 78 H ERA 6.20 in 44 games. Hitters are putting up a slash line of .306/.362/.486. Want more? In 248 plate appearances when batters face him for the first time in relief, .305/.366/.477 with 8 HR allowed. So the premise I had in him of him airing it out for one inning is not plausible.
As far as Casey Mize is concerned, I think he will one of the first to be called up. Fulmer moves to the bullpen when Turnbull gets back.