June 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jose Alvarez (52) pitches in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Will Start Jose Alvarez Tonight Against Angels


Jose Alvarez has done his job so far filling in for the injured Anibal Sanchez.  The Detroit Tigers will depend upon him again tonight against the Los Angeles Angels.  The Angels hitters are fresh off a night of complete domination, touching up the Tigers for 14 runs.  Alvarez will have the task of cooling the Halo’s hitters.

Up To The Task

So far Alvarez has been up to the task. In his two major league starts he has pitched 11 innings and given up only 3 ER.  His strike-out to walk ratio of 8-2 indicates that he has control and the potential to make major league hitters swing and miss.  He kept the Tigers in the game against Boston last week going 5 innings and surrendering only 2 runs.  All in all, a very successful major league debut for the Tigers farm hand.

Living Up To His Potential

Alvarez was signed as a amateur free agent in 2005 by the Boston Red Sox.  He showed great potential in their minor league system and was part of a group of prospects traded to Miami at the trade deadline in 2009 for Jeremy Hermida.  He did not have the same success in the Marlins farm system and struggled.  His inconsistency led to his release in 2012.  The Tigers picked him up days later and plunked him in Toledo. A move that helped the Tigers to two wins in place of Anibal Sanchez.

Should He Stay

Chances are when Anibal Sanchez returns from the disabled list Jose Alvarez will have to make the drive back to Toledo. This is only because the Tigers have nowhere to put him and having him catch dust bunnies in the bullpen will not help keep him sharp if Jim Leyland needs him again. It is good to know that the Tigers have an arm in Toledo they can count on to fill in.

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