Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson might finally be breaking out
We might finally be witnessing the Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson coming out party
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 last night in a game where they were in complete control from the get-go. The offense peaked a bit early, but it was good enough for Michael Lorezen, who pitched six shutout innings in his third straight outstanding start.
Offensively, something happened that Tigers fans have been dreaming about for years: Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson led the way. Greene was 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, and Tork was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. This was a really fun and promising game for Detroit Tigers fans.
What's even more promising is that this has been happening this entire month. It's becoming a nightly occurrence. Tork and Greene have both been crushing the ball all May long, and it's a sight to behold.
Greene is slashing .412/.444/.588 for an OPS of 1.019 OPS this month to raise his season line to .291/.341/.411 with an OPS of .753. Tork hasn't quite been as good as Greene this month, but he's still slashing a modest .300/.340/.480 for an OPS of .820. We'll gladly take that.
Greene in particular had a really rough April. He had an OPS of .620 and couldn't lift the ball to the pull side. This month, he's made an adjustment and the ball has been flying off his bat. The groundball rate is still pretty elevated, but he's still swinging a really hot bat.
Tork has been hitting balls on the screws since spring training, but hadn't been seeing a lot of results. Now, he's starting find some grass and we're starting to his stats creep up.
The one thing we're waiting to see for both players is the long ball. Tork in particular is someone we'd really like to see more homers from, and we firmly believe he will. He's got a ton of raw power. We've seen him hit balls that look like routine flyouts that end up carrying either to the warning track or over the wall.
That's not to take anything away from Greene, as he also has plenty of raw power. He also has that sweet left-handed swing. If he can continue to lift the ball to pull side, the homers will come.
Is is any coincidence that Tork and Greene breaking out has equated to more wins for the Detroit Tigers? They are 9-4 this month coming into today. If they keep playing well, that's two long-term pieces for this lineup, and that's huge.
This is an exciting time to be a Detroit Tigers fan. The team is playing well and they're being led by their two young former top prospects. Hopefully they can keep this up.