Series Review: Offense Finally Cools Off, Pitching Not So Much

The Tigers finished up a 5-1 road trip against two teams widely considered contenders this season, and it’s hard not to be impressed. In their trip to Pittsburgh, the Tigers offense inevitably slowed down a bit – what they’d been doing wasn’t remotely sustainable. Good thing, then, the so-called back end of the Tigers rotation […]

Game 4: Tigers (3-0) at Indians (2-1)

After three warmup games against minor league opposition, the Tigers get their Major League season underway today against the allegedly playoff contending Indians in Cleveland’s home opener. Your lineups: TIGERS SP: Alfredo Simon 1. Anthony Gose (CF) 2. Ian Kinsler (2B) 3. Miguel Cabrera (1B) 4. Victor Martinez (DH) 5. J.D. Martinez (RF) 6. Yoenis Cespedes (LF) 7. Nick Castellanos (3B) 8. Alex Avila (C) 9. Jose Iglesias (SS) INDIANS SP: Zach McAllister 1. Michael Bourn (CF) […]

Céspedes dives in headfirst with a booming triple. (Photo by moi)

Tigers Roll in Home Opener, Defeat Twins, Run Out of Pork Rinds

The Tigers are an intriguing, mysterious team this year, with more uncertainty than in years past. The Tigers’ flaws, particularly the bullpen, seem magnified. 14 of 31 MLB experts overwhelmingly picked the Indians to win the division (with only eight picking the Tigers and six taking the White Sox). Fan expectations seem to fluctuate between […]

30 Tigers in More Than 30 Days: #15 – Alfredo Simon

Name: Alfredo Simon Position: Starting Pitcher B/T: R/R Age: 33 (34 in May) Contract Status: Signed through 2015, $5.5 million Expected 2015 Role: Back-end starter   LAST SEASON Alfredo Simon was an All Star last season. Easy to forget. He’s a career journeyman who spent a lot of his years as a reliever, and not […]

30 Tigers in More Than 30 Days: #14 – Joakim Soria

Name: Joakim Soria Position: Relief Pitcher B/T: R/R Age: 30 (31 in May) Contract Status: Signed through 2015 Expected 2015 Role: Late-inning reliever LAST SEASON I don’t really have a clue what happened to Joakim Soria last season. He was fantastic in Texas, walking just four batters in 33.1 innings coupled with 42 strikeouts with […]

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #13 – Tom Gorzelanny

Get ready for a whole honking lot of these! Name: Tom Gorzelanny Position: Relief Pitcher B/T: R/L Age: 32 (33 in July) Contract Status: 1 year, $1 M Expected 2015 Role: Lefty reliever LAST SEASON Offseason shoulder surgery meant Gorzelanny didn’t pitch until June last season, but once he did, he put up really good […]

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #11 – Andrew Romine

Name: Andrew Romine Position: Infielder/Emergency Reliever B/T: S/R Age: 29 Contract Status: Pre-arb Expected 2015 Role: Utility, if that Last Season Andrew Romine eventually assumed the role of starting shortstop once Alex Gonzalez proved not remotely up to the task, and what the Tigers got wasn’t really a surprise: a good defender who couldn’t hit. He’s not an everyday player, nor […]

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