Grey Papke

Mariners 11, Tigers 9: Yeah, It’s Probably Time To Sell

The Detroit Tigers still have several days to make up their minds on their trade strategy. In that sense, there’s an urgency, but really no backbreaking rush to make a decision. But a few more games like this will make the decision very easy, and frankly, if we’re being realistic, the decision should already be […]

Game 89: Orioles (Jimenez) vs. Tigers (Sanchez)

<sigh> Let’s try this again… BALTIMORE SP: Ubaldo Jimenez 1. Manny Machado (3B) 2. Jimmy Paredes (DH) 3. Adam Jones (CF) 4. Chris Davis (RF) 5. Matt Wieters (C) 6. J.J. Hardy (SS) 7. Travis Snider (LF) 8. Jonathan Schoop (2B) 9. Chris Parmelee (1B) DETROIT SP: Anibal Sanchez 1. Ian Kinsler (2B) 2. Yoenis Cespedes (LF) 3. Victor Martinez (DH) 4. J.D. Martinez (RF) 5. Nick Castellanos (3B) 6. Alex Avila (1B) 7. James McCann (C) 8. Jose Iglesias (SS) 9. Anthony Gose (CF) No pressure here, but the next 7-10 games […]

Twins 8, Tigers 6: Disaster in the Land of a Thousand Bullpen Meltdowns

Well, that was bad. Let’s try to sort through this. Justin Verlander was great. The offense scored plenty of runs. J.D. Martinez hit an impressive opposite field homer, Yoenis Cespedes hit a three run shot, it was 6-0 in the 8th and 6-1 in the 9th. So why are we angry? Well, let’s start in […]

Game 86: Tigers (44-41) at Twins (46-40), 8:10 PM

The Tigers can pull even with Minnesota in the loss column with a victory tonight… DETROIT SP: Justin Verlander 1. Ian Kinsler (2B) 2. Yoenis Cespedes (LF) 3. Victor Martinez (DH) 4. J.D. Martinez (RF) 5. Alex Avila (C) 6. Nick Castellanos (3B) 7. Marc Krauss (1B) 8. Anthony Gose (CF) 9. Jose Iglesias (SS) MINNESOTA SP: Ervin Santana 1. Brian Dozier (2B) 2. Torii Hunter (RF) 3. Joe Mauer (1B) 4. Miguel Sano (DH) 5. Trevor Plouffe (3B) 6. Eddie Rosario (LF) 7. Aaron Hicks (CF) 8. Kurt Suzuki (C) […]

Tigers (43-41) at Twins (46-39), 8:10 PM

It’s the opening game of a series that could see the Tigers fall 6.5 behind Minnesota or jump 1.5 games ahead of them. Every time the Twins look like they’re about to collapse, they do something like sweep the Orioles, so here we stand… DETROIT SP: David Price 1. Ian Kinsler (2B) 2. Yoenis Cespedes (LF) 3. Victor Martinez (DH) 4. J.D. Martinez (RF) […]

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 […]

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