After a surprise 15-win season that earned him a trip to the All-Star game, Alfredo Simon predictably came back down to earth in his first season with the Tigers last year, though for a while there, he had us wondering if we may have misjudged him. Through his first 12 starts, he had an impressive 2.58 ERA, but then he crashed and burned with a 6.77 mark the rest of the way. He comes up short on all three legs of the FIP triangle, offering nothing in the way of strikeouts while also allowing more walks and home runs than the average pitcher. That's a recipe for disaster, and we saw disaster strike last year. Even though Simon is basically assured a rotation spot to begin 2016, he's a desperation pick even in AL-only leagues.
A day after Tigers starter Alfredo Simon said he pitched hurt all season, Tigers' head trainer Kevin Rand clarified the situation by explaining Simon has patella tendinosis, a chronic knee condition the team knew about before they acquired him in trade, reports MLive.com. Patellar tendonosis is also known as jumper's knee. "If it was an injury, he wouldn't have been pitching with it," Rand said. "If it was a structural injury, he would not have been pitching." Simon had an up and down season, and after Friday's outing, he blamed the inconsistencies on the left knee issue. Specifically, he said it reduced his velocity at times and meant he couldn't keep the ball down with regularity. He's headed to free agency this offseason and this little tiff probably did him more harm than good. He returned to Detroit on Saturday to get a platelet-rich plasma injection, just as he did after pitching for the Reds last season.
Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (13-12) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one in Friday's loss to the White Sox. Simon had one of his better outings in recent months on Friday, registering just his fifth quality start in 17 tries since July 1. After having a solid but unspectacular first three months of the season, registering a 3.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 6.6 K/9, the veteran fell hard during the season's second half with a 6.31 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 4.80 K/9.
Tigers starter Alfredo Simon (13-11) surrendered eight hits, four earned runs and a walk in eight innings in a 6-2 loss to the Twins. He struck out four. Simon actually rebounded nicely from one of his worst starts of the season to post his second-longest outing of 2015. Among the positives for the veteran right-hander on Saturday were the fact that he did not yield any gopher balls and that he only surrendered one walk, while throwing 75 of his 111 pitches for strikes. In spite of the generally strong performance, Simon took the loss, reaching double figures in that category for the second consecutive season. His current 1.47 WHIP is also the third highest of his career, while his 3.37 BB/9 rate is his highest since 2010.
Tigers starter Alfredo Simon allowed 13 hits, three walks and eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of Sunday's loss to the Royals. He struck out three and three of those hits were home runs. It's the sixth time since July 1 that he has given up at least six runs in a game. It was a forgettable outing for Simon who matched his career high in runs and earned runs (eight for both). And he was just two hits shy of matching his career high (or should we say, career worst) in hits allowed. He allowed the five of the first seven batters he faced to reach base and needed 26 pitches to get out of the first.
Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon earned his 13th win of the season Tuesday against the Twins as he allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings. He also struck out four. Simon has been brutal since July, and he still owns an awful 6.33 ERA in 14 starts since then. The quality start was just Simon's third in that span. His ERA sits at 4.94 as his All-Star appearance last year looks like a one-hit wonder.