2.) Detroit Tigers fans should expect strikeouts from Reese Olson.
It will be his first big league start, so being out on the mound may have him blacking out as it is. But if there's one thing that Olson has done over his rise to the big leagues, it's punch out hitters. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound right-hander has the stuff to miss barrels and cause hitters fits.
As mentioned above, he has the repertoire to cause opposing teams trouble and a quick arm from a higher slot that plays well in terms of his movement profiles. Plus, the stats back it up. In 2022, en route to being one of the most dominant pitchers on the Double-A Erie SeaWolves pitching staff.
Olson threw 119.2 innings on the season while pitching to a 8-6 record, a 4.14 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and accumulating 168 punchouts. In 2023, Olson has been with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, where he has accumulated 36.2 innings pitched with 47 punchouts to his credit.
Again, in his first start, I'm not expecting him to show out and punch out 12 batters, but he's someone who's going to have a low BB/9 and high K/9, controlling the strike zone, something that Scott Harris has marveled about in the past.