Shane Greene
Shane Greene
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After the May demotion of Francisco Rodriguez and trade-deadline departure of Justin Wilson, Greene seized the Tigers’ closer role, going 9-for-10 in save opportunities from Aug. 1 to the end of the season while dazzling with a 2.49 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 21.2 frames. The converted starter enjoyed the velocity bump that comes with his role change, with his signature sinker gaining nearly one mph in 2017. On paper, Greene’s 9.7 K/9 looks to fit in with the typical closer picture, but it stems more from the sequencing of his four- or five-pitch makeup than it does dominance. His swinging-strike rate was only 8.6 percent. Though Green works quickly, he’s not overly efficient; he moved ahead 0-1 on just 59.4 percent of plate appearances. Walks are an issue, and the right-hander also benefited from a whopping 84.2 percent left-on-base rate. He's a risk to lose the job at some point in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $1.95 million deal with the Tigers in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Records save despite rocky inning
PDetroit Tigers
September 17, 2018
Greene allowed a run on three hits in an inning of work but still managed to record his 30th save of the season Sunday against the Indians. He struck out one.
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Greene entered with a three-run lead and allowed the first two hitters to reach, bringing the tying run to the plate. He then conceded a run-scoring single with two outs but was able to retire Rajai Davis to end the threat. Greene owns an ugly 5.07 ERA to go along with a 1.39 WHIP this season, but he continues to operate in the closer's role and can provide saves down the stretch for fantasy owners who can stomach his ratios.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .256 380 91 40 85 17 3 10
Since 2016vs Right .229 419 102 34 86 7 3 9
2018vs Left .250 143 34 12 32 4 1 5
2018vs Right .284 117 27 6 31 2 3 5
2017vs Left .235 119 33 19 23 4 1 3
2017vs Right .185 164 40 15 27 4 0 3
2016vs Left .283 118 24 9 30 9 1 2
2016vs Right .233 138 35 13 28 1 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.97 1.29 95.1 10 8 17 9.7 3.1 1.1
Since 2016Away 4.89 1.33 91.0 3 5 23 8.8 4.0 0.7
2018Home 5.30 1.46 35.2 4 5 16 9.8 3.0 1.8
2018Away 4.56 1.23 23.2 0 1 13 8.4 2.3 1.1
2017Home 1.36 1.12 33.0 3 1 1 9.8 3.5 0.5
2017Away 3.89 1.36 34.2 1 2 8 9.6 5.5 1.0
2016Home 5.40 1.28 26.2 3 2 0 9.5 2.7 1.0
2016Away 6.15 1.37 33.2 2 2 2 8.3 3.7 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Shane Greene compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.44
 
K/9
9.2
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
5.07
 
WHIP
1.39
 
BABIP
.341
 
GB/FB
1.29
 
Strand %
67.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Greene was a glaring case of the run prevention not matching his peripheral stats in 2016, as his combination of a K-per-inning with a humble walk rate and exceptionally low rate of homers allowed resulted in an inflated ERA of 5.82 despite a 3.13 FIP on the season. The right-hander started a trio of games in the first month of the season, but after an injury cost Greene a month, he was jettisoned to the bullpen upon his return. Whether pitching in the rotation or out of the bullpen, however, it was the same story for Greene, who was tagged for runs in either role despite solid peripheral stats. His value for 2017 and beyond likely hinges on his role, as the hard-throwing right-hander has an outside shot at some saves if he stays in the bullpen and might be out of chances to prove that he can stick in a rotation.
Greene looked like a Cy Young candidate in his first three starts — he went 3-0 with a minuscule 0.39 ERA. But then the wheels fell off the proverbial bus and he fell apart, literally and figuratively. He couldn't find the strike zone and when he did, batters just teed off on him to the tune of 20 earned runs in his next three starts (11 innings). He then went on and off the disabled list because he just couldn't feel the ring and pinky fingers on his throwing hand. He was finally diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and went under the knife to eliminate a blood clot in August. That surgery is highly effective, so Greene could be ready to roll by spring training. If so, his slider/sinker combo could make him a solid mid-rotation hurler who is a groundball machine. Wait to invest until he's been on the mound and proves the tingling in those digits is gone for good.
Greene wasn’t even in the magazine last year and it’s hardly our fault as he wasn’t anything close to a prospect from either a scouting or numbers standpoint. He put up unimpressive numbers as someone who was too old or at the exact right age for his level. His start to 2014 was no different as he had a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A prior to his callup. The rash of injuries that ravaged the Yankees’ rotation forced Greene into the role in early July and he hit the ground running with a 3.09 ERA through his first 55 innings with 54 strikeouts and a 3.2 K/BB ratio. A couple of six-run shellackings book-ended his September and pushed his final mark up to 3.78, but even while struggling he still fanned 27 in 23 innings. The strikeouts were the biggest surprise in his breakout and they give him some staying power going forward. If he can refine his changeup and cut into his 100-point platoon split, Greene can be a steady all-formats option.
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Records save No. 29 despite rocky outing
PDetroit Tigers
September 14, 2018
Greene allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work but secured the save in Friday's 5-4 win over the Indians.
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Blows save but grabs win against Cardinals
PDetroit Tigers
September 8, 2018
Greene (4-6) allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work to blow the save Saturday against the Cardinals, but he picked up the win when the Tigers rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth.
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Picks up win against Cardinals
PDetroit Tigers
September 8, 2018
Greene (3-6) pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded the win in Friday's 5-3 walkoff win over the Cardinals.
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Tagged for blown save, loss against White Sox
PDetroit Tigers
September 3, 2018
Greene (2-6) blew the save and took the loss Monday against the White Sox, as he allowed three earned runs without recording an out.
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Records save against Yankees
PDetroit Tigers
August 30, 2018
Greene set the side down in order with a strikeout in the ninth inning of Thursday's 8-7 win over the Yankees to record a save.
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