I donâ€™t know about you but after watching Kenny Rogers pitch Friday night and then again Thursday afternoon, boy am I glad heâ€™s back. I knew that he would help the team out but man, I didnâ€™t think he would be this good coming off of the disabled list.
In his first start back on Friday against the Atlanta Braves, he had zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, and one strikeout in six innings of work. Let me just step back for a second because this looks like the work of a pitcher who has been pitching the entire season! You would have never guessed, by looking at these numbers, that he had been gone for the first couple of months. In his second start on Thursday, he had four hits, one earned run, one walk, and three strikeouts in six innings of work. To me, this still looks like great work. Maybe it looks a little bit closer to where it should be for a pitcher coming off of the disabled list, but hey, we wonâ€™t complain if heâ€™s going to continue to put up numbers like he has.
With Rogers back, it can only go up for the Tigers starting pitchers. As soon as he gets him arm strength up to 100 percent and heâ€™s able to throw at least 100 pitches a game that will be tremendous. And another thing that I love about Rogers is his ability to field the ball. After he throws the ball, he squares up to the plate and stands ready for anything that comes his way. You donâ€™t see too many pitchers that do that anymore.
In the Atlanta game Friday night, Rogers did something else outstanding besides his pitching. When the batter hit the ball up the first baseline and Sean Casey was able to get in front of the ball but would not have been able to get back to the bag in time, Rogers came over to cover the bag like he should have. But Rogers just didnâ€™t cover the bag, he stretched out like he played first base all the time! I mean it hurt me just to watch him stretch out like that. I was just praying he didnâ€™t pull a muscle and have to go back on the DL or something, which would not have been good.
All I know is that Iâ€™m happy that Rogers is back and I look forward to watching him pitch every five games! Keep up the good work Kennyâ€¦youâ€™re doing great.