Drew Smyly P DET 5 Days

Drew Smyly fanned a career-high 11 against the Angels on Friday, but he still took a loss after giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Smyly struck out 10 on July 6, 2012, but he hadn't fanned more than seven in a start since (partly because he hasn't had much of a chance to work deep into games). He's been sharp in both of his starts since the All-Star break, and while the loss tonight dropped him to 6-9, he still has a solid 3.77 ERA.

Drew Smyly P DET 10 Days

Drew Smyly fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 5-1 defeat of the Indians.

Smyly had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth inning, when Yan Gomes smacked a double. The left-hander wound up allowing just four hits in all, striking out six and issuing only two walks. He will carry a solid 3.80 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels.

Drew Smyly P DET 20 Days

Drew Smyly improved to 5-8, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Tigers went on to defeat the Royals 16-4 on Thursday.

Smyly has been mediocre over his last three starts, but he was backed by an offensive outburst on Thursday. The lefty allowed eight hits -- including home runs to Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler -- while walking one and striking out two. Smyly goes into the All-Star break with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/28 K/BB ratio.

Drew Smyly P DET 26 Days

Drew Smyly was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rays, allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Smyly punched out three while walking one on the evening. A pair of RBI doubles by Ben Zobrist and a solo homer by Evan Longoria provided most of the offense against him. He'll look to get back on track when he carries a 3.89 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Thursday's tilt against the Royals in Kansas City.

Drew Smyly P DET 1 Month

Drew Smyly allowed just an unearned run over six innings of work in a win against the Rangers on Tuesday.

Smyly gave up just five singles on the evening, and he struck out five. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last four starts, but Tuesday's win left him just 2-2 in that span and 4-6 on the season. Still, Smyly takes a 3.19 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday's start at the Astros.

Drew Smyly P DET 1 Month

Drew Smyly pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday against the Royals, but was saddled with his sixth loss.

Smyly is wondering what happened to all of the run support; the Tigers have scored two runs or fewer in five of his last six outings. Not coincidently, he's won just one of those six outings, beating the Red Sox in a 6-2 game on June 6. For the season, Smyly is 3-6 with a 3.48 ERA.

Drew Smyly P DET 2 Months

Drew Smyly pitched well in a losing effort against the Twins on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over six strong innings of work.

He walked three and struck out a pair on the evening. Toeing the slab on his 25th birthday, Smyly surrendered nothing more than a solo homer to Eduardo Escobar in the third inning, but that was enough to propel the Twins to victory. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Royals at home on Wednesday.

Drew Smyly P DET 2 Months

The Tigers will skip Drew Smyly's next turn in the rotation following Tuesday's rainout.

They'll keep Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on schedule in the final two games of the series versus the White Sox. It's no surprise, as Smyly has been consistently skipped whenever possible this season. He'll be available in relief the next few days.

Drew Smyly P DET 2 Months

Drew Smyly pitched well in Friday's victory over the Red Sox, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over six strong innings.

Smyly fanned four on the night while issuing just one free pass. The Red Sox put a run on the board just two batters into the ballgame on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts, but Smyly was able to settle in nicely afterwards. Now 3-4 on the season, he'll carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 49/20 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the White Sox in Chicago.

Drew Smyly P DET 2 Months

Drew Smyly was lifted after allowing three runs in four innings Saturday against the Mariners.

It took Smyly 105 pitches to get through four innings, even though he was a lefty facing a Seattle lineup with Willie Bloomquist, Endy Chavez and Mike Zunino at the top of the order. That's just not very impressive. Given that he's had a more consistent workload of late, there aren't any easy excuses for his poor performances. If he can't pitch better next week against the Red Sox, his rotation spot might be in jeopardy.