Grey Papke

Game 32: Twins (18-14) at Tigers (19-13), 7:08 PM

Don’t look now but if the Twins beat the Tigers tonight, the two teams will have the exact same record. Jose Iglesias is tentatively in the Detroit lineup, though the Tigers want to see him run before setting it in stone. MINNESOTA SP: Kyle Gibson 1. Brian Dozier (2B) 2. Torii Hunter (RF) 3. Joe Mauer (1B) 4. Trevor Plouffe (3B) 5. Kurt Suzuki (C) 6. Kennys […]

Bullpen Misconceptions: The Tigers Need More Than A 9th Inning Guy

I was watching MLB Network early Monday evening. This isn’t terribly out of the ordinary, and not just out of sheer amusement. In previewing the evening’s action, the Tigers came up, and it was said that part of the reason for their strong start to the season was something to the effect of “they finally […]

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) […]

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 […]

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #8 – Josh Zeid

Name: Josh Zeid Position: Reliever B/T: R/R Age: 27 (28 on March 24) Contract Status: Pre-arb 2014 Stats: 20.2 IP, 6.97 ERA, 18/7 K/BB Expected 2015 Role: Toledo Last Season Zeid gave up six homers in 20.2 innings last year for Houston, and his season ended prematurely due to foot surgery in July. He was […]

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #7 – Hernan Perez

Name: Hernan Perez Position: Infielder B/T: R/R Age: 23 (24 on March 26) Contract Status: Pre-arb 2014 Stats: One hit in six plate appearances at the MLB level Expected 2015 Role: Reserve Infielder Last Season Hernan Perez’s 2014 is largely remembered for two things: he was the one who spotted Salvador Perez leaving third base […]

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #6 – Rajai Davis

Name: Rajai Davis Position: Outfielder B/T: R/R Age: 34 Contract Status: Signed through 2015 ($5m) 2014 Stats: .282/.320/.401, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 36 SB, 11 CS Expected 2015 Role: Platoon outfielder (hopefully) Last Season Rajai Davis spent much of 2014 woefully miscast. His role was supposed to be pinch-runner and platoon partner for Andy Dirks, and it would have been […]

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