Young Pitchers Arrive For Detroit, But Growing Pains Follow

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Shortly after his final start of the season, Casey Mize sounded ready to get right back to work.
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Im going to be really motivated to get a lot better, the Detroit right-hander said.

Mizes arrival along with that of fellow pitching prospect Tarik Skubal was a significant moment for the Tigers during this shortened season, but if Detroit fans expected an immediate impact, they may have been disappointed. Mize went 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA, and Skubal was 1-4 with a 5.63 ERA.

After 114 losses in 2019, the Tigers improved enough to move into contention for a spot in this years expanded postseason, but then a late collapse left them at 23-35. Only two major league teams finished behind Detroit.

Mize, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, showed some of his potential in a September start when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox, but he mostly struggled through his seven starts. Neither Mize nor Skubal had pitched above Double-A before this year, and because of the coronavirus pandemic, they didnt have a chance to get a few starts under their belt in Triple-A in…
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