When he initially signed with Detroit in the winter of 2010, the consensus was that the Tigers and Dave Dombrowski were a bit money crazy to invest so much money (3yrs, $15m) in a non-closer/non-starter. Turns out, his 2011 was actually worth the first year of investment. With a bWAR of 1.5 and a fWAR [...]
I’d like to find the last time a team had five tie ball games in Spring Training, but all the traditional media outlets don’t even keep track of ties, so I would literally have to dig out box scores, and there’s as much a chance of that happening as Jose Canseco has of composing a [...]
While we want to respect the fact that every single man on a major league roster is an exceptional baseball player, a prediction series is not the place to give certain ones, specifically role players, their due. In the rest of the series, we look at specific issues each play faces, how they can improve, [...]
The collective sigh of relief from thousands of Tigers fans have resulted in the creation of a category 5 Tornado, originating out of South Detroit. It’s believed to be headed south-east, near Philadelphia.
Verlander | verb, (used with object) 1. to rule over; govern; control. 2. to tower above; overlook; overshadow: A tall pine dominated the landscape. 3. to predominate, permeate, or characterize. 4. Mathematics . (of a series, vector, etc.) to have terms or components greater in absolute value than the corresponding terms or components of a given [...]
Coming down only hours after the internet went crazy speculating whether or not Quintin Berry would make the opening day roster, the answer is here. Per the official Tigers twitter feed, the team has optioned Jacob Turner to triple-a Toledo and reassigned Chris Bootcheck, Quintin Berry, Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz, and Ryan Strieby to minor [...]
One quick thought on Quintin Berry from the Tiger’s 1-1 tie against the New York Yankees and it comes from Lee Panas over at Tiger Tales. I really couldn’t say it better myself, so I won’t:
The Tigers now have 17 pitchers still in major league camp: Bold indicates obvious locks. Starters: Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Andrew Oliver, Jacob Turner, Duane Below, and Drew Smyly (NRI) Relievers: Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke, Dan Schlereth, Collin Balester, Luis Marte, Brayan Villarreal, and Chris Bootcheck (NRI) [...]
Jhonny Peralta was traded to Detroit on July 28, 2010 for cash and minor league left hander, Giovanni Soto. While Soto is a promising (now 20 year old) arm, there is no doubt that the acquisition of Peralta solidified a very important position that had basically been seen an empty period since Alan Trammell retired [...]
Max Scherzer went the longest of any Detroit starter this spring with seven innings of two run, three hit ball against the Yankees. He struck out eight of the 24 batters he faced, mixing a mid-90’s fastball with some seriously effective breaking pitches in order to do so. Scherzer retired the first 16 batters of [...]
Yesterday, Doug Fister retired the first batter of the fifth inning but was then pulled from the game with what initial speculation was a blister on a finger of his pitching hand. Kevin Rand, the Tigers head trainer, has since confirmed that the injury was not the aforementioned blister.