Tigers top prospect Jacob Turner made his major league debut while the Tigers shuffled their roster after their trade with the Mariners. He took the loss but you can’t be too disappointed with how he pitched. He started off with four shutout innings before he gave up a run in the fifth then got charged a run in the sixth before getting pulled out as he came up to around 100 pitches. In all, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Phil Coke was hit hard and he gave up three runs in 2 1/3 and then Dan Schlereth pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings to close out the game.
The Tigers made their trade yesterday. They traded Casper Wells, Charles Furbush and Francisco Martinez to the Mariners for starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley. This isn’t a bad deal because none of the guys the Tigers gave up were true blue chip prospects. Casper Wells looks decent but he doesn’t have a spot and while Furbush has looked solid, the team didn’t seem to want to commit to him as a rotation guy. Fister is having a solid season but the low strikeout numbers worry me. He has been fairly consistent (in a good way) the past couple of months despite not getting a win but everytime I think of this deal, I also think of the trade we made with the Mariners a couple of years ago for Jarrod Washburn. David Pauley looks like a solid addition to the pen but again, I’m not quite sure how he’s doing it because he also has lower strikeout figures.
Of course the Indians drew Ubaldo Jiminez so that makes the race a little more interesting. It’s interesting seeing teams like the Indians and Pirates on the buying side. The Indians did win yesterday so that lead is now down to 1 1/2 games. Today is a treat because it’s a battle of Cy Young contendors. Justin Verlander goes for the Tigers and the Angels throw Jered Weaver. Should be a fun one to watch.