Well how about that. Jacob Turner will make his major league debut tonight. Jim Leyland has said he will make one start, then return to the minors. Turner’s ERA is 0.00, which leads all AL pitchers.
Before I even had time to ponder what this meant for any trade possibilities, word comes down that a trade has been made. The Tigers have acquired starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley from the Mariners for 3rd Base prospect Francisco Martinez, Casper Wells, Charlie Furbush, and a player to be named later.
Fister will start Wednesday against Texas.
I’ll miss the Ghost and the Furby, and I think both will turn out to be major league players, but I think the trade is a good one for the short term. Fister has a nice 3.33 ERA, only walks 2 per 9 innings, 7th best in the AL. Pauley has been great this season (2.15 ERA), and may take over the Al Alburquerque role–Al-Al has been day-to-day with elbow soreness, and I wouldn’t surprised if the arrival of Pauley sends Al to the DL.
So, what do we think of the trade? Of Turner starting?
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Daniel Schlereth
What I said yesterday. Porcello made him unnecessary last night; not tonight. Turner will be on a strict pitch count.
Today’s Turneriffic Lineup: