At 22-33, the Detroit Tigers have one of the worst records in MLB.
They have a 6-4 record over their last 10 games, however, and have looked like a decent ballclub over that span.
A big reason behind that last statement is rookie pitcher Alex Faedo.
The first-year right-hander just dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon to earn a victory.
He pitched five innings of just one run, allowing three hits and a walk.
With seven strikeouts, he also showcased his ability to miss bats.
Despite today’s excellent outing, Faedo has been great for a while now.
“Alex Faedo has tossed at least five innings and allowed no more than two runs in all seven of his big league games. According to @EliasSports, he’s the third pitcher since 1893 to begin his career on a streak that long,” the Tigers tweeted.
Alex Faedo has tossed at least five innings and allowed no more than two runs in all seven of his big league games.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 8, 2022
So far, Faedo has been everything Matt Manning was supposed to be: a reliable right-handed starter that could be in the rotation for the next six or seven years.
A Long Journey Towards A Solid Debut Season
Faedo, a Tommy John survivor, had to sit the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in January.
He also had COVID-19 during his rehab and lost a lot of weight.
However, he overcame all those obstacles and worked really hard to become a legitimate major league pitcher.
In seven starts, the righty has a solid 2.92 ERA in 37 frames, with 28 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP.
He has quietly been one of the most impressive young starters in the American League this season.