Heading into the weekend's trade deadline, Jacob Turner's name was a frequently used one when discussing trade possibilities to solidify the Tigers' rotation for the stretch run this year. Ultimately, Detroit was able to acquire a solid starter without having to deal their No.1 prospect and after the show he put on in his Major League debut Saturday night. Tigers fans should be very pumped that he's still wearing the Old English "D."
Turner has long been praised for maturity beyond his 20 years and last night's outing showed why. A sellout home crowd with high expectations, a high caliber Major League ball club to pitch against, multiple stolen bases, trade rumors galore, none of it seemed to faze the youngster. When push came to shove, he buckled down and showed us the nasty stuff he is capable of throwing and got out of multiple jams before leaving the mound to a standing ovation from over 40,000 excited fans.
Turner pitched 5.1 innings of three-hit, two-run ball before handing the ball over to a wild Phil Coke who promptly gave up three runs of his own resulting in Turner taking the loss in a game he probably deserved to win. He certainly gave Detroit every opportunity to pull out the W. His six strikeouts were the most by a Tigers pitcher making his Major League debut since 2000 and his outing was the best one from Detroit's fifth starter in what seems like ages.
Newly acquired Doug Fister will assume that role in the rotation on Wednesday as Turner was only in line for one start before being sent back down regardless of the outcome. Leyland has been adamant that this is the only time we'll see Turner in the big leagues this year and that is probably for the best. But with Rick Porcello coming on strong of late, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer continuing to be All-Star caliber hurlers and Fister locked up for the next few years at a great price, the Tigers just might have the best rotation in the AL next season. A rotation Jacob Turner is certain to be a big part of.