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Detroit Tigers utility man Niko Goodrum had a strong offensive showing in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Goodrum hit second in the order and went 3-for-4, hitting his first home run of the season, a solo shot off Athletics starter Sean Manaea in the sixth inning. Goodrum has started in eight of the Tigers' 15 games so far. He's slashing .286/.355/.429 on the year. If he could earn more regular playing time, he'd be worth a roster spot in deep leagues and AL-only leagues. He has stolen base upside as he stole seven bags over 43 games last year. However, his playing time isn't frequent enough to warrant rostering him at this point.
Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro had his third multi-hit game of the year on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. He had two RBI and he scored a run as well. Castro is off to a quiet start to the 2021 season. Through 12 games, he's slashing .220/.250/.320 with three RBI and three runs. He's yet to hit his first home run of the year. In Thursday's game, he hit sixth in the order for the first time this year. He's spent most of the year hitting second or third. If the lineup move sticks, it could help his RBI potential, but it would hurt his fantasy value just about everywhere else. Castro is worth a roster spot in deep leagues and AL-only leagues, but he can be left on waivers in shallow leagues.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal was tagged with his second loss of the year in Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Skubal pitched four innings and allowed two hits, four walks and two runs (one earned) while striking out five. He now has a 6.08 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over three starts. He has an even more concerning xERA of 7.54. He's failed to go past four innings in each of his last two starts now. Batters have a 20% barrel rate against him, a mark that ranks him amongst the bottom 4% of the league. Skubal can be left on waivers in all redraft leagues at this point. Dynasty managers should remain patient. Skubal's next start will be on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bryan Garcia was thrust into a tough position in Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros. Garcia came in during the ninth inning with the bases loaded and no outs as the Tigers held a 6-3 lead. Jose Cisnero, who began the ninth inning, had loaded the bases without recording an out. Garcia walked in a run, but managed to get the other three hitters he faced out, including two strikeouts. He now has two saves over six appearances on the year. Garcia pitched on Tuesday, which is probably why Tigers manager A.J. Hinch elected to go with Cisnero to start the ninth inning on Wednesday. This outing should reinforce Garcia's hold on the closer role in Detroit. He may not get all of the opportunities going forward, but he should get most.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer held the Houston Astros to three hits, one walk and two runs over five innings on Wednesday. It was his first start of the season and he earned the win as the Tigers defeated the Astros 6-4. Fulmer opened up the year in the bullpen, but he was moved to the rotation after Julio Teheran (shoulder) was placed on the injured list. Fulmer looked good in his relief outings, striking out 10 batters over seven innings before this start. It was a bit disappointing to see him only manage two strikeouts in this five inning outing. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues and AL-only leagues, but there's no need to rush and add him. Fulmer's next start will be on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.