Alex Lange

Alex Lange

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
60-Day IL
Injury Lat
Est. Return 2/1/2025
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Lange was outstanding to open 2023, compiling a 1.16 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 32 strikeouts over the first two months of the season. He shared closing duties in April, but took over in May to convert 8 of Detroit's 9 saves during the month. He maintained the role throughout a disastrous June (11.57 ERA), then rebounded, but his struggles persisted in August with more walks (13) than strikeouts (11) over 10 innings. Lange was bypassed for save chances until he improved his control, but he finished the year with a team-leading 26 saves (15th in the majors). His 15.6% walk rate that was 2nd-worst among qualified relievers, but his 39.1% whiff percentage was in the 99th percentile thanks to his elite curveball and effective changeup, while his K-rate was above-average at 27.4%. Lange has a chance to open 2024 as the Tigers closer, but Detroit may look for a more consistent option this off-season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $760,600 contract with the Tigers in March of 2024.
Officially shut down for season
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
Lat
June 30, 2024
Triple-A Toledo placed Lange (lat) on its full-season injured list Friday.
ANALYSIS
The transaction confirms that the surgery Lange underwent this past week to address a right lat avulsion was indeed season-ending. Though the right-handed reliever is currently on the minor-league IL, the Tigers could recall him and place him on the major-league 60-day IL if the team needs to open up a spot on the 40-man roster at any point. Per Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press, Lange is optimistic that he'll be back to full health for the start of spring training in 2025.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Alex Lange generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Alex Lange generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .207 286 85 44 49 12 2 6
Since 2022vs Right .197 363 97 49 58 10 0 5
2024vs Left .259 36 8 9 7 3 0 0
2024vs Right .214 54 13 8 9 1 0 0
2023vs Left .209 141 41 22 24 7 0 3
2023vs Right .162 147 38 23 19 5 0 3
2022vs Left .189 109 36 13 18 2 2 3
2022vs Right .221 162 46 18 30 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.82 1.21 73.1 10 6 15 12.5 5.2 0.5
Since 2022Away 4.70 1.49 74.2 4 6 13 9.6 6.1 0.8
2024Home 5.00 1.67 9.0 0 2 2 11.0 6.0 0.0
2024Away 3.72 1.86 9.2 0 1 0 9.3 10.2 0.0
2023Home 2.23 1.18 32.1 4 2 13 11.4 6.4 0.6
2023Away 5.08 1.49 33.2 3 3 13 10.2 5.9 1.1
2022Home 2.81 1.13 32.0 6 2 0 14.1 3.7 0.6
2022Away 4.60 1.37 31.1 1 2 0 9.2 5.2 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Alex Lange 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.24
 
K/9
10.1
 
BB/9
8.2
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
96.4 mph
 
ERA
4.34
 
WHIP
1.77
 
BABIP
.336
 
GB/FB
1.54
 
Left On Base
51.5%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.0%
 
Spin Rate
2233 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.7%
 
Swinging Strike
13.0%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
How interested would you be in a relief pitcher who boasted a 100th percentile whiff rate, 30-plus percent K-rate and 55% groundball percentage? Well, Lange's curveball *and* changeup had the best whiff rates in the league for those pitch types (min 25 PA), at 57.8% and 56%, respectively. The curve was so effective, it became his primary offering that he threw nearly 50% of the time. The change (20% usage) has always been filthy, yielding just six hits (no homers) and a .115 BA over the past two seasons. The 27-year-old also ditched his 4-seamer for a 96-mph sinker (29%) that induced more grounders. If Lange can improve his walk rate (10.9% for his career), the Tigers could afford him an opportunity to close, especially after Gregory Soto was shipped off to the Phillies. The Tigers have yet to indicate their ninth-inning plans following Soto's departure, but Lange is likely to be the top internal option entering 2023.
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Set for surgery
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
Lat
June 18, 2024
Lange was diagnosed Tuesday with a right lat avulsion and is scheduled to undergo surgery next week, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Serious injury feared
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
Upper Body
June 15, 2024
Lange was removed from an appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Friday due to an upper-body injury, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Demoted to Triple-A
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 23, 2024
The Tigers optioned Lange to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
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Suffers loss Wednesday
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 8, 2024
Lange (0-2) allowed an unearned run on one hit to take the loss in Wednesday's 5-4, 10-inning contest against the Guardians.
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Snags second save
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 1, 2024
Lange earned the save in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals, recording two strikeouts and a walk over 1.1 scoreless innings.
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Focus on throwing strikes
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 24, 2024
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Lange will focus on strike-throwing after being demoted to Triple-A Toledo, reports Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander issued two walks and hit a batter while giving up four runs to the Royals on Wednesday, which included him firing a ball into the netting behind home plate in frustration. Lange actually entered that contest with a 2.55 ERA, but his command has been an issue all season, as he sports an 8.2 BB/9, plus four wild pitches. The 28-year-old tallied 26 saves for Detroit in 2023, but even then walks were a problem, as he issued 45 in 67 appearances.
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