2. The bullpen is still (mostly) good
The Detroit Tigers’ bullpen continues to be a bright spot on this team. As previously mentioned, they pitched 7.2 innings of scoreless ball in relief of an injured Michael Pineda. Wily Peralta, Jason Foley, Joe Jimenez, Andrew Chafin, and Gregory Soto all pitched well in the effort.
It wasn’t always pretty, however. Jacob Barnes’ lack of swing-and-miss stuff finally caught to him Friday night, as he gave up back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches. He did bounce back with a scoreless inning on Sunday, though.
Gregory Soto’s struggles continued Friday night as well, walking one and plunking two to load the bases. Will Vest came in and bailed him out with two strikeouts to secure the win. Thankfully, he went right back out there on Saturday and pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
In a season full of negatives, the bullpen continues to be a surprising positive.