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Is Matt Manning the next Detroit Tigers ace? Breaking down the numbers

Gavin Kozlo
Sep 20, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Manning (25) throws against Chicago White Sox right fielder Leury Garcia (28) during the second inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Manning (25) throws against Chicago White Sox right fielder Leury Garcia (28) during the second inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Manning (25) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers RHP Matt Manning’s newest pitch

Now up is his sinker, this was his second most used pitch for the obvious reason of it’s like a fastball that has a bit of break on it. Sits around the same velo as his fastball which is why it makes it effective to work hand in hand with it along with his other 4 pitches.

He doesn’t quite use it to his full potential but this is because he has the same command problems with all his pitches. But, if he gets them figured out Manning could have a very good sinker.

Last and certainly not least, we have his newest pitch, the slider. After not having it for his first 5 starts he worked this pitch in beautifully. It even ended up being his third most used pitch and has the highest whiff% and put away% with those being 22.9% and 18.8%.

This was not only like states his newest pitch leaning it midseason but using it effectively and making it his pitch. Which this alone speaks volumes on where Manning’s ceiling is.

To sum all of that up, if Matt Manning can use this off-season and work on his command and control and really get his fastball and curveball up you could be looking at a scary second-year pitcher in Matt Manning. Especially once he gets more comfortable on the mound he definitely has the highest ceiling out of Mize and Skubal.

But, at the end of the day it comes down to if Manning can work on the issues we saw last year and actually live up to the potential I think we all will be seeing a very dangerous pitcher in Matt Manning and we could definitely be seeing the next Detroit Tigers ace develop right in front of us.

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