Riley Greene was essential to the Detroit Tigers getting the victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Detroit shut out Minnesota to notch their third straight win by a 3-0 score.
Greene was the only Tigers player with multiple hits on the day. He went 2-4, slugging his 10th home run of the season, hitting it off of Kenta Maeda in the sixth innings.
Greene has been impressive this year. Through 78 games this season, he is hitting .298/.363/.460. His 10 home runs are already a career-high, as Greene hit five last season through 93 games.
Furthermore, Greene is doing all of this on a one-year, $727,800 contract. He will be under pre-arbitration until after the 2025 season.
Riley Greene has been a bright spot for the Detroit Tigers
It has been a tough season for the Detroit Tigers. They hold a 52-63 record which is good enough for third in the sleepy American League Central. The Minnesota Twins lead the division, holding a seven-game lead over Detroit.
Riley Greene has been the difference-maker for the team this season. His skillset in the box and what he brings defensively can change the outcome of a game.
Greene went down with a stress fracture in his fibula at the end of May. Without him in the lineup, the offense took a major hit. Notably, Detroit went on a seven-game stretch where they only posted 11 runs.
Do not be surprised if the Tigers offer Greene an extension at some point this year. He has significantly cut down his groundball rate, which has led to his success this season.
Detroit is building something special with its talent in its farm system. Some exciting names on the horizon could join forces with Greene and flip the division on its head.