After significant shuffling and several additions, the bullpen looks ready for postseason play – just in time. Is the worrying over?
The Detroit Tigers have recalled pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Jose Alvarez and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.
Not too often would rookie Jose Alvarez be considered a preferable option to Anibal Sanchez, a seven-year veteran with a 2.76 ERA.
The bottom line is that Detroit starters have lasted just five innings or fewer in four of the last five games.
The last five starting pitching performances might have stripped some of that confidence – and with good reason.
Detroit’s Jose Alvarez was impressive on the mound in his major league debut.
Alvarez gave up just one run on three hits through six innings. He also recorded seven strikeouts on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.