Soto pitched a clean ninth inning to record the save in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Guardians. The ninth inning started ominously, as Soto hit leadoff man Josh Naylor. However, the lefty retired the next batter, then got Andres Gimenez to ground into a double play to end the game. Soto has had a few hiccups this season, but he now has seven saves in eight chances to go with a solid 2.92 ERA. He's also pitched well lately with no runs allowed and three saves in his last three appearances. Manager A.J. Hinch has shown confidence in Soto despite some ups and downs, and fantasy managers should continue to do the same while he remains Detroit's closer.
Soto recorded the save Monday against the Rays after allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning. Soto retired the first two batters on a popout and a strikeout before surrending a single to Harold Ramirez, and he finished the job by getting Mike Zunino on a flyout to center field. He's now recorded a save in back-to-back chances after blowing a save opportunity Friday against the Orioles. Soto owns a 3.18 ERA and 1.59 WHIP with an 11:8 K:BB across 11.1 frames in 2022.
Soto pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit while recording one strikeout Saturday against the Orioles en route to his fifth save of the season. Manager A.J. Hinch was true to his word, as he said Soto would get the save chance if one arose Saturday. Will Vest has emerged as an intriguing stealth candidate for saves in Detroit, but Soto still has the job for now.
Manager A.J. Hinch said after Soto was pulled from a save situation Friday that Soto "will pitch the ninth tomorrow with the lead," Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Soto's hold on the ninth-inning job is slipping. He has had little command of his pitches lately, and Friday was no different as he plunked two batters and walked another before getting the hook. Soto has handed out four free passes in his last 1.1 innings, and if the hard-throwing lefty can't rein it in, the Tigers could eventually turn to Will Vest -- who got the save Friday -- or Michael Fulmer for save opportunities.
Soto retired just one batter in Friday's win over the Orioles, and he hit two others and issued a walk, but was also credited with his first hold of the season. Soto was brought on in the top of the ninth inning in a save situation with the Tigers up 4-2, but the lefty struggled with his control right away. He hit the first two batters he faced before recording a strikeout. Soto then walked the bases loaded with one out, and manager A.J. Hinch turned to Will Vest, who struck out the next two batters to end the game. That left Soto with his first hold of the season, though he clearly didn't pitch well. He now has a 3.86 ERA and 1.71 WHIP for the season, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Tigers turn to someone like Vest or Michael Fulmer for future save opportunities.
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