Last night was supposed to be a good pitching match up for the Tigers. However, Edwin Jackson faltered early and big ol’ Brad Penny did a decent job of keeping the Tigers bats off-balance. Is it possible the Tigers top starters are starting to run out of gas?
The Tigers made a deal for Jarrod Washburn with this sort of situation in mind. They knew they were not deep enough in the rotation and Washburn was brought on to solve that problem. However, over the past two weeks the Tigers top arms having been falling short of their previous performance. Let’s take a look:
- Justin Verlander’s last three starts: 5.57 ERA
- Edwin Jackson’s last three starts: 4.50 ERA in only 16 innings
- Jarrod Washburn’s two starts with Detroit: 8.74 ERA
These are small sample’s, I know. However, it is a valid concern. If the Tigers and their feeble offense want to have any shot at making the playoffs, they will need these three guys to turn it around…and quick.