Chris Crawford breaks down Tarik Skubal's hot start to the season and explains why the former top prospect might just be in the middle of a breakout year.
CHRIS CRAWFORD: Tarik Skubal is not long removed from being considered one of the best left handed pitching prospects in the sport and there have been flashes over his first year plus with the Tigers to suggest it was justified. Over the month of May, it was a lot more than just flashes. Skubal gave up three runs in seven innings against the guardians on Thursday and that was his worst start of the month. The southpaw has four straight outings where he didn't allow a run and he picked up a pair of wins with a 0.145 era and a 35-6 strikeout to walk ratio.
In his age 25 season, Skubal has improved his command considerably as his 6.1 strikeout to walk ratio is well above the 3.5 he registered in 2021, and he's in the 90th percentile in walk percentage thus far. Add in the fact that he's well above average in categories like avoiding barrels, expected ERA, and strikeout percentage, and you can understand why Skubal has been so good in 2022. It's understandable to be a little skeptical considering how inconsistent he's been as a big league pitcher, but it's never been a question of talent, and we just might be looking at the start of something special here.