Grey Papke

The Postmortem: Fix Your %#*^$(# Bullpen, Dave Dombrowski

It’s hard to see 2014 as anything other than a step back for the Detroit Tigers. The 2013 team was the best of the last four division champions. They were a few ill-advised pitches away from taking two games in Boston. If they took that second game, I suspect they close out that series and […]

ALDS Q&A With Camden Depot’s Pat Holden

So how is the other side feeling with the first pitch of the AL Division Series just a few hours away? Pat Holden of ESPN SweetSpot’s Orioles affiliate Camden Depot was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about the Orioles, their strengths, their weaknesses, and other things to look out for in […]

Know Your Foe: The Baltimore Orioles

The Tigers have a date with the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series. What kind of team are the Orioles? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do the Tigers match up? Let’s familiarize ourselves with the AL East champions: HOW THEY HIT The Orioles do not really walk – 13th in the […]

Price, Kinsler Push The Tigers Into The Division Series

A few thoughts on today’s 3-0 victory and the season as a whole: So I guess David Price was worth it after all. He was everything they could want and more today, taking a shutout into the eighth inning against a Minnesota team that has hammered away at Tigers pitching repeatedly. Ian Kinsler was worth […]

Cabrera Helps Tigers Overcome Meltdown, Preserve Division Lead

My goodness, this one didn’t go as planned. The Tigers won 4-3 in walkoff fashion, but only after blowing a 3-0 ninth inning lead. For eight innings, David Price was pitching a gem. He was virtually untouchable, in fact. He’d retired the last seven hitters in a row, he was cruising, his pitch count was […]

Game 155: Tigers (86-68) at Royals (83-70)

Let’s finish this. DETROIT SP: Rick Porcello 1. Ian Kinsler (2B) 2. Torii Hunter (RF) 3. Miguel Cabrera (DH) 4. Victor Martinez (1B) 5. J.D. Martinez (LF) 6. Nick Castellanos (3B) 7. Bryan Holaday (C) 8. Andrew Romine (SS) 9. Rajai Davis (CF) KANSAS CITY SP: Jeremy Guthrie 1. Alcides Escobar (SS) 2. Norichika Aoki (RF) 3. Lorenzo Cain (CF) 4. Eric Hosmer (1B) 5. Billy Butler (DH) 6. Alex Gordon (LF) 7. Salvador Perez (C) 8. Omar Infante (2B) 9. Mike Moustakas (3B)

Tigers Continue Mastery Of Royals Amidst Controversy

In a rather odd turn of events, the Detroit Tigers squeaked out a 3-2 victory over Kansas City on Saturday. A few thoughts… The turning point in this game was unquestionably in the bottom of the sixth. Salvador Perez had singled and Eric Hosmer had doubled to set up second and third with one out […]

Assorted Thoughts As Ausmus, Carrera, And Nathan Do What They Do Best

The Tigers were going to lose. Then they were going to win. Then they lost 4-3. Some assorted thoughts: Hoo boy. Well, let’s start at the end. Joe Nathan walked Trevor Plouffe with one out. Kurt Suzuki followed. He hit a ball hard to center that was a sure bet to drop in front of […]

Tigers Pick Off Dyson (and Royals) To Move Into First Place Tie

It felt very much like a playoff game, and the line between success and failure is so thin in the playoffs, so it’s rather appropriate that the biggest play of this game was probably a pickoff play. Jarrod Dyson was caught leaning too far off second in a wild ninth inning as the Tigers beat […]

Game 145: Royals (79-63) at Tigers (79-65)

A win tonight moves the Tigers into a first place tie. Here are the lineups… ROYALS SP: Jason Vargas 1. Norichika Aoki (RF) 2. Omar Infante (2B) 3. Alex Gordon (LF) 4. Salvador Perez (C) 5. Eric Hosmer (1B) 6. Josh Willingham (DH) 7. Mike Moustakas (3B) 8. Lorenzo Cain (CF) 9. Alcides Escobar (SS) TIGERS SP: Max Scherzer 1. Ian Kinsler (2B) 2. Torii Hunter (RF) 3. Miguel Cabrera (DH) 4. Victor Martinez (1B) 5. J.D. Martinez (LF) 6. Nick Castellanos (3B) 7. Alex Avila (C) 8. Andrew Romine (SS) […]

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