8:23 PM EDT, Thu August 27, 2015
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Al Alburquerque's ever-changing slider

Alburquerque's slider continues to evolve and it's keeping opposing hitters off balance. Amidst the disaster of the Detroit Tigers bullpen, Al Alburquerque is quietly having a very good season. In 51 2/3 innings, he has a 2.79 ERA and 8.5 K/9. Walks are still high with 4.2 BB/9 but he has nice ERA estimators with a 3.67 FIP and a 3.65 SIERA. This is the second year in a row that Alburquerque has had an ERA below 3.00. What has made Alburquerque so good has been an above average slider. In his career, Alburquerque has thrown it about 61 percent of the time and opponents are only batting .166...

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