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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Touted Tigers righty Casey Mize, No. 1 pick in 2018 draft, impresses in major league debut

Detroit Tigers right-hander Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, had an impressive start to his major league debut before running into trouble and exiting in the fifth inning Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Mize allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking none in 4⅓ innings. The 23-year-old was replaced by Jose Cisnero after Yoan Moncada’s RBI single tied the game at 3. The White Sox would go on to beat the visiting Tigers 5-3.

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said he liked what he saw from Mize.

“We saw a pretty good pitcher out there tonight,” Gardenhire said. “We’re really excited for him.

“He’s a very professional kid. He made some pretty good hitters look bad over there.”

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   1. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: August 20, 2020 at 01:13 PM (#5970871)
I'm a Florida alum, so I was mainly interested in Dane Dunning's debut for the White Sox. Dunning and Mize ended up having amusingly similar lines for their MLB debuts:

Mize: 4 1/3 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 7 Ks, 0 BBs, 1 HR
Dunning: 4 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HR
   2. RobDeer Posted: August 20, 2020 at 04:01 PM (#5970931)
Mize had great control with fastballs 96-97mph to get ahead in the count, then when he got to 2 strikes his low splitters dove out of the zone for several Ks
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 21, 2020 at 09:10 AM (#5971092)
A 6.23 ERA is "an impressive start"? Well, OK, then.

And...after beginning the season 9-5, the Tigers have gone back to being the hard-suckin' team we all knew they were: nine straight losses by a total of 38 runs, including last night's 9-0 debacle (when I saw the score, I was hoping that they had just forfeited the game, but no such luck).

I'm so old, I remember when Miggy seemed like a lock to get both 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Now, he's toast.

It's the shortest MLB season since the 1870s, but it'll still be way too long for Tigers fans.
   4. DCA Posted: August 21, 2020 at 10:05 AM (#5971094)
I don't think Cabrera's a lock, but he only needs 170 hits and 19 HR. He's under contract for at least 3 years after this one and the Tigers aren't going to be good over that time frame so I think he'll get run out no matter how bad he is.

This season, 23 games, 15 hits, 4 HR. Assuming he keeps the pace, he'll get another 24 and 6 this season, leaving him 146 and 13 short.

Worst case next three years: Chris Davis 169/252/300 (50 OPS+) since 2018. Pro-rating Davis's 2020 (122/173/184) to a full 60 game season, that is still good for 147 hits and 28 HR over 2018-2020. That'll do it.

   5. Rally Posted: August 21, 2020 at 11:14 AM (#5971116)
I don't think Cabrera's a lock, but he only needs 170 hits and 19 HR. He's under contract for at least 3 years after this one and the Tigers aren't going to be good over that time frame so I think he'll get run out no matter how bad he is.

After 2021, they can always trade him to the Angels, who will have a need for a washed up, painfully slow, future HOF 1B who makes 30+ million per season.
   6. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: August 21, 2020 at 04:07 PM (#5971259)
I was impressed by the movement on some of Dunning's pitches. Admittedly most of them weren't very fast pitches, but they've got some nice break on them.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 21, 2020 at 07:27 PM (#5971335)
Davis has -1 OPS+ in 52 PA. If he can keep that up (er, down) for 200 PA, he'll be only the third player in history to do that: the infamous Bill Bergen in 1911 (-4 in 249 PA) and 20-year-old rookie Frank O'Rourke in 1912 (-11 in 216 PA). O'Rourke somehow went on to a 14-year career as a light-hitting but otherwise cromulent third baseman for the Senators, Red Sox, Tigers and Browns, even picking up some MVP votes in 1927.

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