LHP Casey Crosby will be called up to Detroit to start for the Tigers on Friday against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Crosby will take the spot of Doug Fister, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 29 with a left side strain.
Here are some numbers for Crosby while pitching for the Mud Hens ...
- Crosby is 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in nine starts for Toledo. He has allowed 43 hits in 50.2 innings of work. He is tied for fifth in the International League with 57 strikeouts but also has 27 walks.
- Crosby lost his first two starts for the Hens, but has not lost since April 15. He is 4-0 with three no-decisions in that span.
- Crosby has shown improvement in May. After posting a 2-2 record and 5.00 ERA in April, the lefty is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts this month. Opponents hit .280 against Crosby in April and .191 in May.
- Crosby has posted a "quality start" by allowing three earned runs or fewer while covering at least six innings in four of his last six starts.
- Crosby's last two starts, against Syracuse at home May 20 and at Pawtucket May 26 have been especially impressive. In those two starts he allowed just five hits and one walk in 15 innings, striking out 16 (including 10 whiffs against the PawSox).
Here are links to a few recent stories and blog posts on Crosby. ...
- Click here to read an inside look at his May 3 start at home against Pawtucket (where he had seven walks and nine strikeouts).
- Click here to read the game story from Crosby's May 20 start against Syracuse.
- Click here to read the in-game blog of his May 20 start at home against Syracuse.
Here are a few notes from Crosby's May 20 start against Syracuse that I didn't transcribe ...
- First, sorry there were no pitch speeds. The numbers were not shown on the Fifth Third Field scoreboard that day.
- Crosby's line included 101 pitches, 64 of which were strikes. He had several quick, clean innings (third inning: 8 pitches, 7 strikes; eighth inning: 7 pitches, 7 strikes), but gave up a home run to start the game and a run in the seventh (21 pitches, 12 strikes).
- Crosby threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 29 batters he faced, and got ahead 0-2 to eight of them (four of which ended in strikeouts).
- Crosby reached a 2-0 count to just three batters and retired all three hitters. He reached a three-ball count just five times and did not walk a batter. In fact, the first three batters who reached a three-ball count all made outs. The final two game in the seventh and resulted in a double (by Mark Teahen, who eventually scored) and a two-out single (after Teahen had scored).
- After giving up the game-opening home run to Corey Brown, Crosby retired the next seven batters in a row. After a one-out single, Crosby picked that runner off first and retired the six batters who followed.
In terms of the International League leaders, Crosby ranks fifth in the league with 57 strikeouts and is third in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.13.