Matt Manning of the Tigers demonstrates his worthiness for inclusion in the 2024 rotation.

Detroit Tigers right-hander Matt Manning was sent down to Triple-A Toledo just before the onset of the 2024 MLB season. However, due to a pair of rainouts against the Mets, resulting in his inclusion as the Tigers’ 27th man, he had the chance to prove his worth for a spot on the major league roster.

And he certainly made an impact!

In the second game of a doubleheader, Manning pitched 5-2/3 innings without allowing a hit against the New York Mets. Unfortunately, the Mets staged a comeback thereafter, securing a 2-1 walk-off victory.

Manning recorded three strikeouts and issued four walks, being taken out of the game after throwing 90 pitches.

He carried the no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was ended by Harrison Bader. Tyler Holton had been performing admirably up to that point. Collectively, the Tigers’ pitching staff had kept the Mets hitless for a total of 14 innings dating back to the first game.

Manning displayed a varied repertoire, inducing seven swings and misses out of 38 attempts (18%), including three out of 15 with his sweeper, as per Baseball Savant data.

His four-seam fastball reached a top speed of 95.8 mph, averaging at 93.2 mph.

In the ninth inning, Tigers reliever Alex Faedo suffered the loss, surrendering a game-tying home run to Pete Alonso and then a walk-off hit to Tyrone Taylor. Despite the outcome of the final inning, the Tigers’ impressive 5-1 road trip to start the season is a positive note, especially considering their last similarly successful road start dating back to 2006, a year that bore good tidings for the team.

The Tigers’ sole run in the game was driven in by Javy Baez with an RBI-single, scoring Colt Keith.

Earlier in the day, the Tigers secured a comeback victory in the earlier game, winning 6-3 in 11 innings.

Now with a record of 5-1, the Tigers return home to Detroit for their Comerica Park opener against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, slated for 1:10 p.m. ET.

Unlike the rainy conditions in New York, there’s no precipitation forecasted for the game in Detroit, although temperatures are expected to be in the low-to-mid 40s during the matchup.

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