The Detroit Tigers are currently 6.5 games back in the division and three games back in the wildcard race with a record of 46-42 heading into their last game before the All-Star break against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers are in desperate need of starting pitching as the rotation has been inconsistent all season long. It doesn’t help that Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris are both hurt right now, but they should be back soon after the break. With the trade deadline approaching, let’s take a look at some potential starting pitching targets for the Tigers.
Drew Pomeranz is a left handed pitcher for the San Diego Padres and he was just named to the All-Star team as an injury replacement. The Tigers need starting pitching very badly and this lefty would help them out tremendously. Pomeranz holds an 8-7 record to go along with a 2.47 earned run average, 115 strikeouts, and a 1.06 WHIP. Pomeranz is a very talented pitcher that just plays for a bad team. His lineup doesn’t help him out that much, so when he is off of his game ever so slightly, it is hard for him to get a win. Pomeranz would love to have the Tigers’ lineup, but it would take a lot to get him. The Tigers would likely have to give up a big bat, or some prospects to get him, because of his talent level.
Sonny Gray has been said to be on the market and he could also help the Tigers’ rotation. Gray has a 3-8 record to go along with a 5.16 earned run average, 72 strikeouts, and a 1.47 WHIP. Gray has struggled mightily this season, but like Pomeranz, he plays for a very bad team. I’m not excusing Gray’s poor pitching, but it doesn’t help that Oakland is in the bottom half of Major League Baseball in runs scored. It’s hard to get wins when your team isn’t scoring runs. Gray could be the Tigers’ fourth or fifth starter after Michael Fulmer, Justin Verlander, and Zimmermann. The Tigers need to find set rotation instead of having spot starts from Matt Boyd, Anibal Sanchez, and others. Gray could give the Tigers a proven pitcher that has the ability to take over a game.
Tampa Bay Rays starting rotation
The word is that the entire Tampa Bay Rays starting rotation is on the market. Chris Archer is the only unknown. If the price is right, the Rays would deal him, but it doesn’t seem likely for him to be dealt, so that leaves three others. Jake Odorizzi, Matt Moore, and Drew Smyly are the most likely candidates to be dealt away. Odorizzi has a 3-4 record, 4.47 earned run average, and 98 strikeouts. Moore has a 5-6 record, 4.46 earned run average, and 97 strikeouts. Smyly has a 2-10 record, 5.47 earned run average, and 108 strikeouts. None of these guys have a winning record, but they are better than their records indicate. Smyly and Moore are both left handers, while Odorizzi is a right hander. Moore and Smyly have been talked about the most with the Tigers and they might be able to get Smyly for a relatively low price, because of his poor production this season. Moore would come at a higher price, but he could be worth the investment as he has been pitching better of late. He has allowed four runs in his last three starts. The Tigers have said that they wont break the bank to get a guy, but if the price is right, they will make a deal. These three guys shouldn’t be overly expensive and would give the Tigers a solid fourth or fifth starter.
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