Shane Greene was hammered for five runs over 4 1/3 innings last night in a blowout loss to the Red Sox, which was the last straw for the Tigers, who announced a change in their starting rotation this afternoon.
Acquired from the Yankees over the winter in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade, Greene started this season on a high note by allowing just two runs (one earned) in 23 innings over his first three starts with Detroit. However, the 26-year-old has an ugly 9.20 in 13 starts at the major league level since to go along with a 37/21 K/BB ratio and 13 home runs allowed in 58 2/3 innings. He has a 6.72 ERA overall, which is highest among all MLB pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched.
The Tigers demoted Greene to Triple-A for a stretch in June, but this time they are hoping he’ll be able to work out his issues in the bullpen. It’s hard to imagine Farmer being much worse, but he has struggled in spot-duty with the Tigers this year, posting a 9.22 ERA with 12 strikeouts and four walks in 13 2/3 innings over two starts and one relief appearance.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.
Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.