3 ways for the Detroit Tigers to prepare for worst case on Casey Mize
Option 1: The Detroit Tigers stay the course
It would not present the most attractive route to fans, but the first route would be for the Detroit Tigers to simply hold steady and try to make do with what they have. Their remaining arms are Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Manning, and Tarik Skubal, with Tyler Alexander filling in as well. Michael Pineda is on his way to being ready and in all likelihood pitches on Thursday at Comerica Park against the Yankees (the current starter listed is TBA).
That would leave them a rotation of Rodriguez, Skubal, Manning, Alexander, and Pineda; with Wily Peralta, who was recently selected from Toledo in exchange for relief arm Bryan Garcia, left to perform the long relief duties.
It’s the most economical route, certainly, but the Detroit Tigers need to be pondering the next injury possibility and the options they’d have at that time. For this reason, this option is less about what Tyler Alexander, Wily Peralta, and Michael Pineda have to offer and more about what the organization thinks of Nivaldo Rodriguez, Beau Brieske, Alex Faedo, and Joey Wentz.