Céspedes dives in headfirst with a booming triple. (Photo by moi)

Tigers Roll in Home Opener, Defeat Twins, Run Out of Pork Rinds

The Tigers are an intriguing, mysterious team this year, with more uncertainty than in years past. The Tigers’ flaws, particularly the bullpen, seem magnified. 14 of 31 MLB experts overwhelmingly picked the Indians to win the division (with only eight picking the Tigers and six taking the White Sox). Fan expectations seem to fluctuate between […]

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 […]

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