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Jun 11, 2024 0 0 0 0 1
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Jun 7, 2024 1 0 0 0 2
Jun 5, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5

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Matt Vierling played his first season in Detroit in 2023 and there were some positive signs. First and foremost, the 27-year-old saw his most consistent playing time yet at the MLB level. He played in a career-high 134 games and recorded 530 plate appearances, which blew away his previous best of 357. Vierling's best asset at this point is his versatility, as he played in all three outfield positions for the Tigers and also got some run at third base. At the plate, Vierling slashed .261/.329/.388 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. He mostly looked like a contact hitter, with just a 33.2% hard-hit rate and .127 ISO. Unfortunately, Vierling didn't offset the lack of power with much running, as he stole only six bases in 12 attempts. The utility man has shown decent speed in the field, so there's a chance he's able to up his steals. But if that doesn't happen, Vierling is unlikely to be much more than a middling fantasy asset unless he unexpectedly develops more power.

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2024 1362.3 26 7 28 12 .270
2023 2922.2 63 10 44 44 6 .261
2022 1881.6 41 6 32 23 7 .246
3y Avg. 177.51.9 38 6 27 24 5 .260
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Getting rest Monday

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers. Vierling will get a breather for the series opener, despite being one of the hottest hitters in the Detroit lineup at the moment. While starting each of the last seven games, Vierling recorded at least one hit and produced a .438/.455/.906 slash line overall. The 27-year-old should have a hold on a near-everyday role while he's sizzling at the plate, but his absence from the lineup Monday will open up a spot in the outfield for Akil Baddoo.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Goes yard in both ends of twin bill

    Vierling went 4-for-8 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI across both games of Wednesday's doubleheader split with the Pirates. Getting the start in center field in the opener and at third base in the second contest, Vierling was locked in at the plate no matter where he was stationed on the diamond. The 27-year-old crushed a three-run homer off Jared Jones in the fifth inning of an 8-0 win to kick off the twin bill, then launched a solo shot off Paul Skenes in the sixth inning of a 10-2 loss later in the afternoon. Vierling has four long balls among eight hits over his last three games, boosting his slash line on the season to .289/.320/.503 with seven homers, 22 runs and 28 RBI.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Could play regularly sans Carpenter

    Vierling will start in center field and bat second in the first game of Wednesday's game against the Pirates. Vierling had already started five of the Tigers' previous six games at three different positions (center field, left field and third base), but he should maintain an even more stable role in the outfield for at least the next week and a half after the Tigers placed Kerry Carpenter (back) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. The 27-year-old Vierling has been one of the Tigers' top hitters in May, slashing .290/.320/.536 with three home runs, 16 RBI and eight runs on the month heading into Wednesday's twin bill.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Homers twice, walks off Jays

    Vierling hit a walk-off home run in Sunday's 14-11 victory over Toronto, finishing 4-for-6 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. Vierling was the hero Sunday, putting an exclamation point on his career day with a three-run shot off Jordan Romano in the bottom of the ninth. The 27-year-old has earned a near everyday role for Detroit as a utility man, playing in 13 of Detroit's previous 15 contests, batting .214 with six RBI and two runs scored over that stretch. Vierling hit his first home run since May 1 and is now up to five longballs on the season to go with 23 RBI, 19 runs scored with a .278 average.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Triples, drives in two Tuesday

    Vierling went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-3 loss to the Royals. Vierling picked up the start at third base and recorded his first multi-hit game in two weeks. The 27-year-old has shifted back to a utility role with Gio Urshela healthy once again, though the Tigers will continue to find spot starts for Vierling to keep the veteran Urshela healthy. Vierling's fantasy value is reduced in this setup, but he can still deliver some decent numbers on days when he's in the lineup.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Heading to bench Monday

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins. Though he's served as the Tigers' primary third baseman while Gio Urshela (hamstring) has been on the injured list, Vierling will begin Monday's game on the bench while Zach McKinstry receives a turn at the hot corner. Urshela appears likely to return from the IL later this week, so Vierling could soon be headed to a part-time or short-side platoon role.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Provides offense Friday

    Vierling went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Astros. Vierling's third-inning double put Detroit up 2-0, but the Tigers stagnated from there. The 27-year-old got the start at third base in this one, which is where he's seen most of his time lately with Gio Urshela (hamstring) on the injured list. Urshela recently began a rehab assignment, however, and his eventual return could push Vierling back to more of a utility role.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Heading to bench Wednesday

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. After starting each of the last four games, Vierling will move to the bench to open up third base for Zach McKinstry. Vierling owns an .879 OPS over his last 10 games and should hang on to a near-everyday role at the hot corner until Gio Urshela (hamstring) returns from the injured list.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Has big game Wednesday

    Vierling went 2-for-3 with a home run, an additional run scored and three total RBI in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals. Vierling connected for a two-run shot in the third inning, his third home run of the season, then drove in another run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The 27-year-old has been seeing regular time at third base with Gio Urshela (hamstring) out, and Vierling has responded with a solid .282 average and .758 OPS, giving him decent short-term fantasy value.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Won't start Saturday

    Vierling is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals. Vierling has started in each of the Tigers' last six games, going 6-for-21 with three runs, one double and one triple over that span. Against Royals right-hander Brady Singer, the Tigers will start lefty-hitting Zach McKinstry at third base.
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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Triples in Wednesday's loss

    Vierling went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Rays. With Gio Urshela (hamstring) and Andy Ibanez (hamstring) both on the injured list, Vierling has been seeing regular time at third base recently. He's now batting a solid .273, and the 27-year-old will retain some fantasy value as long he's starting most days. It remains to be seen what the Tigers will do when Urshela or Ibanez returns, though Vierling will likely shift into a utility role, as he's capable of playing in the outfield as well as at the hot corner.
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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