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17-6 8-2 W5
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14-10 6-4 W3
9-13 4-6 W2
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2024 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .258 1 4 .636 0

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Getting regular work at hot corner

    Vierling will start at third base and bat fifth Monday against the Rays.

    Vierling will pick up his third straight start at the hot corner after going 2-for-7 with a walk and a run scored in the Tigers' final two games of the weekend against the Twins. With Gio Urshela (hamstring) recently joining Andy Ibanez (hamstring) on the shelf, Vierling looks poised to get regular action at third base until one of the two injured players is activated.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Back to bench Saturday

    Vierling is not in Saturday's starting lineup against the Athletics.

    Vierling got the start Friday against left-hander JP Sears and finished the game 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Against Athletics right-hander Paul Blackburn on Saturday, the Tigers have shifted Mark Canha to right field, while Kerry Carpenter starts at DH.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits first 2024 home run

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 5-4 win over the A's.

    Vierling batted leadoff for the Tigers and managed his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. The utility player got the start with lefty JP Sears on the mound for Oakland, but he's still mostly a reserve option at this point, which limits his fantasy upside. That could change if Vierling is able to earn more regular playing time at some point, as he batted a respectable .261 with 10 home runs across 134 games in 2023.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Scores run off bench Sunday

    Vierling entered Sunday's game against the White Sox as a pinch runner in the top of the ninth inning, scoring on Andy Ibanez's single.

    Vierling stayed in the game to play center field for the bottom of the ninth. After receiving the Opening Day nod in right field against lefty Garrett Crochet, Vierling was on the bench for the final two games of the series against right-handers Michael Soroka and Erick Fedde. There was some talk in spring training that Vierling could be in the mix at third base, but Ibanez, Gio Urshela and Zach McKinstry all appear ahead of him at the hot corner, meaning Vierling will likely continue to operate mostly as a short-side platoon outfielder.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Remains in mix for third base job

    Vierling remains in competition with Gio Urshela for the Tigers' third base job, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Tuesday's game against the Phillies that "It's still very competitive who's going to get the reps at third base." Zach McKinstry and Andy Ibanez are also in the mix at the hot corner, but it's expected to come down to Urshela or Vierling. Urshela has played the most third base for Detroit this spring, but Vierling is starting there Wednesday and will handle the position two of the next three games, as well.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits first spring home run

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

    Vierling connected for his first home run in Grapefruit League play, and it's mostly been a struggle this spring, as he's batting just .160 across 11 games. The versatile 27-year-old may have to settle for a bench role this year with Gio Urshela around to play third base, which would cut into Vierling's fantasy value.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Could be pushed into bench role

    With the Tigers adding Gio Urshela toward the end of February, Vierling may have to settle for a bench role at the start of the season, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran Urshela can fill in at other infield positions, though his most comfortable spot is third base. That could push Vierling into more of a utility role off the bench, with Spencer Torkelson, Colt Keith and Javier Baez likely locked into the other starting jobs. Vierling saw ample playing time for the Tigers in 2023 and showed some promise, finishing with a .717 OPS and 10 home runs across 134 games, but his fantasy appeal is minimal if he's not starting regularly.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Favorite to start at third base

    Vierling is the favorite to serve as the Tigers' starting third baseman to begin the 2024 season, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Vierling was traded from Philadelphia to Detroit last offseason, and he played at third base in 35 of his 134 games during the 2023 campaign. Overall, he slashed .261/.329/.388 with 10 homers, 63 runs, 44 RBI and six steals and should have a chance to earn regular playing time at the hot corner early in 2024. If Vierling struggles as the starting third baseman, the Tigers could turn to Zach McKinstry, Colt Keith, Tyler Nevin or Andy Ibanez at some point.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Posts big line in season finale

    Vierling went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Guardians.

    Vierling finished his first season in Detroit on a positive note, blasting his 10th home run and recording his 20th and 21st doubles. The versatile 26-year-old ended up playing in 134 games, seeing his most regular run in right field, though he also played in left, center and at third base. Vierling figures to have a similar role in 2024, with his versatility carrying more value for his MLB team than for fantasy managers, though he could be an option in deeper leagues if the playing time is there.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Two hits, two RBI in win

    Vierling went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and one run scored in Thursday's 7-3 victory over the Royals.

    Vierling struck out in two of his first three trips to the plate before driving in two runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 3-3. He later added a triple but was left stranded, giving him his fifth multi-hit game this month. Even with the two-hit performance, the right fielder is still batting just .247 (20-for-81) in September with two homers, 11 RBI and 18 runs scored.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits first career grand slam

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a grand slam, a walk, a second run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Reds.

    Vierling was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat and ended up coming around to score Detroit's first run of the game after stealing second. He later homered with the bases full in the bottom of the eighth to extend the Tigers' lead to seven runs, marking the first grand slam of his major-league career. He is up to nine home runs this season, which is one more than his total across his first two years in the league with the Phillies. He's batting .375 in September with two homers, seven RBI and 12 runs scored, while the stolen base was his first since July 4.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits grand slam Thursday

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a walk, a grand slam and a second run scored in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Vierling waited for the eighth inning to hit his grand slam, but it broke open what had been a 4-1 game. The utility player is up to nine home runs this season, which is one more than his total across his first two years in the league with the Phillies. Vierling hasn't been a great fantasy asset this season, though he should continue to see regular playing time down the stretch.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Goes deep in win

    Vierling went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Vierling extended his hitting streak to five games, with his last two contests both being multi-hit efforts. That's pushed his season average up to a solid .270 to go along with eight home runs and 33 RBI. The versatile Vierling should remain a regular in Detroit's lineup down the stretch, primarily at third base, though he can play in the outfield some too.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Back in action

    Vierling (upper body) will bat fifth and play third base Saturday against the White Sox.

    Vierling left Thursday's game against the Yankees with an upper-body injury and sat out Friday's series opener against Chicago, but the injury evidently wasn't particularly serious. He went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles prior to his exit Thursday but hit .188/.278/.188 over the previous 15 games.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Absent from lineup

    Vierling (upper body) is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the White Sox.

    Vierling suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday's win over the Yankees, although it's possible he wasn't going to start this one anyway with the White Sox sending righty Mike Clevinger to the mound. Akil Baddoo, Parker Meadows and Kerry Carpenter will man the outfield for Detroit.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Exits with injury

    Vierling exited Thursday's game against the Yankees with an apparent upper-body injury, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Vierling had a productive game prior to his exit, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored. The exact nature of the injury is unclear, though he appeared to jam his shoulder diving into first base on a pickoff attempt in the eighth inning.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Out of Tuesday's lineup

    Vierling is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

    Vierling has a hit in five of his past six games but has just a .694 OPS during that stretch, and he'll take a seat for Tuesday's matchup in New York. Andre Lipcius will handle the hot corner and bat sixth against Gerrit Cole.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sits amid slump

    Vierling is not in Saturday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Vierling is hitting .182 with two runs and one RBI over his last 10 games. Recent call-up Andre Lipcius gets the start at third base while batting sixth.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sitting out Thursday

    Vierling is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Yankees.

    Vierling had started each of the last three contests and 10 of the last 11, but he'll begin the series finale on the bench. With Vierling sitting out, Zach McKinstry will occupy third base.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Getting Sunday off

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.

    Vierling will hit the bench after he started in each of the past seven games while going 3-for-26 with three walks against 11 strikeouts. With Vierling and Akil Baddoo getting Sunday off, Andy Ibanez and Miguel Cabrera will enter the Detroit lineup at second base and designated hitter, respectively.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Age: 27
School: Notre Dame
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R