Stat of the Day: Mize spinning to new heights

4:04 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Tigers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 12: Tigers 4, Royals 2 -- Mize spinning to new heights
Casey Mize’s average spin rate of 2270 rpm Wednesday was his highest of the season, including an 87 rpm jump on his four-seam fastball, which produced seven of his 10 swings and misses. His average velocity of 90.8 mph was the third highest of his seven starts this year, partly due to his fastball usage. Among qualified American League pitchers, Mize ranks fourth in average pitch velocity at 90.6 mph and fifth in average horizontal break at 6.9 inches.

May 11: Tigers 8, Royals 7 -- Hot start for Boyd (1.94 ERA)
Matthew Boyd did not earn the win after his six scoreless innings, but he lowered his ERA for the season to 1.94. He's the fifth Tigers starter since 2010 to have a sub-2.00 ERA over his first seven starts. Jordan Zimmermann, who announced his retirement Tuesday, was the last, posting a 1.50 ERA in ‘16. Others include Max Scherzer (1.72 in ‘14), Justin Verlander (1.55 in ‘13) and Aníbal Sánchez (1.97 also in ‘13).

May 8: Tigers 7, Twins 3 -- Miggy ties Ott for 44th
Miguel Cabrera hit singles in the seventh and eighth innings for his second consecutive two-hit game. One day after surpassing Babe Ruth on MLB's all-time hits list, his 2,876th career hit tied Mel Ott for 44th. His next hit will push him past Ott and tie Omar Vizquel, his former first-base coach with the Tigers, for 43rd place.

May 7: Twins 7, Tigers 3 -- Miggy mashes vs. Twins
Miguel Cabrera's two hits Friday against the Twins pushed him past Babe Ruth for 45th on MLB's all-time hits list. Cabrera has recorded 241 of his 2,874 career hits against the Twins. Only Cleveland has yielded more Miggy hits, with 256.

May 6: Red Sox 12, Tigers 9 -- Wilson shows off arm
Wilson Ramos completed a strikeout/throwout double play in the third inning by catching Rafael Devers trying to steal second base. Ramos' throw to Harold Castro registered at 77.8 mph, his second-strongest throw of the season. Ramos later left the game with lower back tightness.

May 5: Tigers 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings) -- Coming Fulm circle
One night after Michael Fulmer started the Tigers' series opener in Boston and managed to secure just two outs during a four-run first inning, he came on to protect a 10th-inning lead and finished with a strikeout of Kiké Hernández for his first professional save. In the process, Fulmer became the first pitcher in Tigers history to start one day and earn the save the next. The last Major Leaguer to do it was former Tigers prospect Chad Green, who pitched a scoreless opening inning for the Yankees in the nightcap of an Aug. 3, 2019, doubleheader against the Red Sox, then pitched the ninth for the save the next night.

May 4: Red Sox 11, Tigers 7 -- Walk it off, Robbie
Robbie Grossman reached base five times for the first time in his career. Two of those came on walks, giving Grossman 22 on the season, tied for second most in the American League and third most in MLB. Grossman is the first Tiger since Kirk Gibson in 1993 with 22 or more walks and six or more stolen bases through the first 29 games of a season.

May 2: Yankees 2, Tigers 0 -- The house that Ureña quieted
José Ureña retired the final 17 Yankees batters he faced. That's the most consecutive batters a Tigers pitcher has retired at Yankee Stadium, current and previous versions. This obviously does not include Billy Chapel, the Kevin Costner character who retired all 27 Yankee hitters he faced in his final start for the Tigers in the movie "For Love of the Game."

May 1: Yankees 6, Tigers 4 -- Niko lifts Tigers' offense
Niko Goodrum's eighth-inning home run was a loft to right field with a 34-degree launch angle, following a home run against the White Sox on Tuesday with a 40-degree launch angle. His other two homers this season had 31-degree launch angles. The increased altitude reflects a larger change in his game. Goodrum's average launch angle has jumped from 13 degrees in 2019 to 16 degrees last year to 20.8 so far this season. His 4.8-degree increase this year puts him just outside the top 30 for the biggest jump among Major League hitters.