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Crumbling Rotation The Real Reason Behind Tigers’ Continued Mediocrity

Crumbling Rotation The Real Reason Behind Tigers’ Continued Mediocrity

It was not long ago that the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation was the class of the American League, if not all of baseball. We’re only two years removed from the days in which the Tigers could throw four high-end pitchers at any given team during a playoff series and Rick Porcello didn’t even have a […]

Postgame: Reds 8, Tigers 4 (13)

A few thoughts (the first of which, I spent my entire night until 1:30 in the morning watching that?) The rain delay – which lasted over an hour – robbed the Tigers of David Price, which undoubtedly had an affect on the outcome. Of course, it also robbed the Reds of Johnny Cueto, but seeing as […]

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 […]

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