Alexander is competing for one of the Tigers' final bullpen spots to begin the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Alexander is battling fellow lefties Nick Ramirez and Hector Santiago for a role. The former turned in a 4.86 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 53.2 innings last year for the Tigers, working primarily as a starter. His ability to start when needed could help him earn the spot, though he could also begin the season with Triple-A Toledo as rotation depth.
Alexander pitched five innings of two-run ball and took a no-decision in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox. He allowed seven hits and two walks, while striking out four.
Alexander was probably lucky to only give up two runs with all the traffic on the bases, but he limited the damage by allowing just one extra-base hit. The lefty finishes his season with a 4.86 ERA and 47 strikeouts across 53.2 innings at the big-league level. After splitting the year between Triple-A and the majors, Alexander will head into 2020 as rotation depth for the Tigers who once again could find himself shuttling back and forth between Toledo and Detroit.
Alexander will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Alexander was initially slated to toe the rubber for Friday's nightcap, but both games were ultimately postponed due to rain. As a result, his final outing of the year will come Saturday evening.
Alexander won't start the afternoon portion of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox as the game is threatened by rain, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The Tigers didn't want Alexander's final outing of the season to be cut short due to rain. If the game happens at all, it will be a bullpen game for Detroit, with Matt Hall pitching first. It's not clear when Alexander will pitch again, but it seems as though he's expected to do so at some point.
Alexander allowed three runs on 10 hits with zero walks and four strikeouts across 4.1 innings while taking a loss against the White Sox on Saturday.
This was the second time this season Alexander yielded 10 hits in an outing. While he's had excellent control, opponents are combating that by hitting .298 against him. As a result, Alexander has a 4.99 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings this season. Alexander lines up to face the White Sox again on the road in his last start of the year Friday.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Alexander will remain in the Tigers' rotation for the rest of the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. "Tyler's earned this," Gardenhire said. "That's why he stays around."
The 25-year-old received the permanent appointment to the rotation after limiting the Orioles to only one run on four hits in six innings Monday en route to securing his first big-league win. Detroit cleared a spot for Alexander as its new fifth starter by shuttling the struggling Edwin Jackson to the bullpen. Alexander tentatively lines up for his next start Saturday against the White Sox and a final turn next week in a rematch with Chicago on the road.
Alexander (1-3) allowed one run on four hits over six innings Monday, striking out three batters and earning the win over Baltimore.
Alexander rolled through five scoreless frames before allowing a solo shot to Trey Mancini in the sixth. Still, he earned his first big-league win after starting 0-3. The rookie left-hander owns a terrific 39:5 K:BB despite his 4.87 ERA. Alexander should continue primarily working out of the bullpen or making spot starts down the stretch.
Alexander will get a spot start Monday against the Orioles, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
With Wednesday's game getting postponed, the Tigers have a doubleheader Thursday, which forces them to use a sixth starter next week. Alexander threw four innings in Tuesday's game, so it's possible he could go deep enough to qualify for a win. He has a 5.13 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 26.1 innings as a starter.
Alexander pitched three scoreless innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Athletics. He allowed just one hit and struck out five.
Alexander was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Monday, and he looked sharp in his first MLB appearance since Aug. 21. The 25-year-old lefty still has a high 5.50 ERA, though the 42-98 Tigers can afford to see if their young players can work past some struggles and show signs of improvement before the 2020 season.
Alexander was recalled by the Tigers on Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Alexander hasn't looked great in 31.1 innings for the Tigers this season, posting a 6.03 ERA. He's been a starter in five of his eight appearances, though it's not clear that there's a starting spot available to him this time around.
Alexander was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Thursday's game against Houston, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Alexander allowed just one run on three hits and a walk while fanning three over four frames in a relief appearance Wednesday, but he'll head right back to the minors. Matthew Boyd (paternity) is expected to rejoin the squad in Minnesota and start Sunday's series finale.
Manager Ron Gardenhire plans to use Alexander as a "piggyback" reliever behind starter Daniel Norris in Wednesday's game against the Astros, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Drew VerHagen had piggybacked Norris in the latter's last two turns through the rotation, but Alexander now looks on track to get a trial in that role after moving back up to the big club Tuesday, when Matthew Boyd (personal) was placed on the paternity list. Expect Norris to work around 3-to-4 innings before giving way to Alexander, who should handle a similar workload.
Alexander was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
Alexander was sent back to the minors following Friday's matchup, but since he's replacing Matthew Boyd (paternity), he won't need to wait 10 days before rejoining the big-league club. The lefty has accrued a 6.59 ERA and 1.65 WHIP with a 24:4 K:BB over 27.1 innings this season in the majors.
Alexander was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Friday's game against the Rays.
Alexander had allowed five runs over one inning of relief work after being removed from the starting rotation, resulting in a demotion. Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will be reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday to take Alexander's place on the 25-man roster.
Alexander will pitch out of the bullpen rather than as a starter, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Alexander has made five appearances with the big-league club this season -- all starts to this point -- racking up a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 24 strikeouts across 26.1 innings. As a result of his struggles, he'll be moved to a relief role, with Edwin Jackson replacing him in the rotation.
Alexander (0-3) allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk while striking out six across 4.1 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the White Sox.
Alexander struggled throughout the start, allowing at least one earned run in four of the innings that he appeared. He was ultimately ousted in the fifth inning when he allowed three of the first four batters he faced to reach base, resulting in the final two earned runs charged against him crossing the plate. On the brighter side, he did manage six punchouts and now has a 24:3 K:BB across 26.1 innings this season. His ratios are less impressive, as he's posted a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Alexander will draw his next start Tuesday against the Mariners.
Alexander (0-2) took the loss Friday, giving up four runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings while striking out four as the Tigers were downed 5-4 by the Rangers.
A late rally nearly got the rookie lefty off the hook for the loss, but Detroit fell just short. Alexander threw 60 of 85 pitches for strikes, and he's pitching well enough to keep his spot in a Tigers rotation that lacks better options at the moment. He'll carry a 4.50 ERA and 18:2 K:BB through his first 22 big-league innings into his next start Wednesday, at home against the White Sox.
Alexander (0-1) was the pitcher of record in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Mariners after surrendering four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out nine over 4.1 innings.
Though his ERA and WHIP climbed significantly during the outing, Alexander's underlying numbers painted a rosier picture for his performance. Among the 22 batters he faced, Alexander generated 10 swinging strikes and 10 groundballs, but he was largely undone by the Mariners running up a .727 BABIP. Since serving up two home runs in his MLB debut July 3, Alexander has kept the ball in the yard over his subsequent two starts, which offers encouragement for his prospects moving forward.
Alexander will start Saturday's game against the Mariners.
The Tigers lack appealing rotation options beyond ace Matthew Boyd, making it no surprise that Alexander will earn a second turn after limiting the Blue Jays to one run over seven innings last weekend. The lefty posted a useful 94:18 K:BB in 85 frames at Triple-A Toledo earlier this season, but a 1.9 HR/9 played a major part in him posting a 5.72 ERA. Alexander's flyball tendencies will make it difficult to count on him consistently turning in quality starts.
Alexander gave up one run on three hits and one walk while striking out one through seven innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Alexander didn't generate a ton of whiffs, but he forced plenty of soft contact and kept the Blue Jays from the basepaths for most of this outing. He retired the final 14 batters he faced and delivered his first quality start. While the 25-year-old had a 5.72 ERA in Triple-A, Alexander has likely earned an extended opportunity with the big-league club after this performance.
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