Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Sunday in a game that included an early warning by the umpires.
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.
As the top of the fifth inning dragged on for what seemed like forever Tuesday night, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello had to be thinking, Not again.
Let’s face it. The Tigers have a problem. They don’t have a closer.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello fell to 2-3 despite a quality start in Sunday’s loss to Baltimore.
J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-6 on Wednesday.
It seems like Tigers fans everywhere are relieved as Rick Porcello has been named as the 5th starter.
There were three big stories at Tigers Spring Training coming into this season.
He’s striking out a batter per inning, while still having not issued a walk through four spring starts.
Porcello gave up three hits and struck out four. He has fanned 14 without a walk this spring, and has a 2.08 ERA.