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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 […]

Joba Chamberlain Is Back, And That’s Not A Bad Thing

I have, for some odd reason, actually seen a bit of complaining about the Joba Chamberlain deal today. The opinions are undoubtedly influenced by his second half 4.97 ERA and repeated meltdowns in the postseason. Of course, in July, Chamberlain’s ERA was under 3 and plenty of people were clamoring for him to replace Joe […]

Tigers Nail Down Outfield, But Trades Open Big Rotation Questions

The Tigers finally made the big move that has felt inevitable this offseason, swapping Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes – essentially – and then flipping Eugenio Suarez to the Reds for Alfredo Simon – essentially. These deals kind of go together, but we’ll do them separately first. Although upon hearing about the Cespedes trade, I said […]

Today In Rumormongering: Is David Price Really Being Shopped?

So today, we have unnamed sources telling both Bless You Boys and the Detroit News’s Tony Paul that the Tigers are still talking to Max Scherzer, and they’re also willing to take calls about David Price. Let’s break this down into two parts… First, I’m hesitant to make too much of reports that a team is […]

You can expect to see this for four more years. (Photo by moi)

Tigers Lock Down VMart (And Little Victor) For Four More Years

Roughly one day after stating re-signing Victor Martinez was the Tigers’ top offseason priority, Dave Dombrowski did just that, inking the 35-year-old DH to a four year, $68 million contract. Martinez will be 39 at the end of the deal (he won’t turn 40 until December 2018). With an AAV of $17 million per year, […]

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 […]

And That’s All She Wrote: Orioles 2, Tigers 1

And so, another year, another ending short of a ring, and once again, the Tigers can’t seem to beat anyone in the postseason except the A’s and the Yankees. If you’re looking for an angry rant, you’ll have to look elsewhere, because that’s just not my style. I don’t go much beyond snark and polite […]

Bullpen Implosion Leaves Us With More Questions Than Answers

I’m not going to talk about the game. You’ve already seen it. And if you haven’t, you will. I have some questions heading into the offday: • Where the hell has Al Alburquerque gone? He’s been one of the team’s most reliable relievers when used—and yet Ausmus has hardly used him. “Everyday” Al has thrown […]

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 […]

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