Happy Mize Day! Casey Mize strikes out the side in first inning of season

Mize begins 2021 season by striking out three Twins

Detroit Tigers pitcher Casey Mize throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DETROIT – It’s the first Mize Day of 2021, and the Detroit Tigers’ top pitching prospect is off to a hot start!

Casey Mize got his first start of the season Tuesday, and he began by striking out three of the first four Minnesota Twins he saw.

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Luis Arraez, who has only struck out 43 times in 504 career plate appearances, came up empty on a nasty splitter that dove below the strike zone.

Then, Jorge Polanco looked at a splitter at the top of the zone. It was a bit of a hanger, but Mize will take it anyway.

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Nelson Cruz poked a two-out single to right field, because of course he did. But then, Mize ended the inning by blowing Max Kepler away with a 96 mph heater.

You can see all three punch-out pitches below.

Mize didn’t have a great first season in 2020, but there were so many variables in the shortened season that this feels like a fresh start. So far, he’s already ramped his fastball up over 97 mph and showcased the splitter/slider combo that made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2018.


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