Found September 15, 2013 on
85-63, Magic Number is 10.
Gotta hop on a plane, so a few disjointed thoughts.
Tigers lose a playoff type game last night in a game where the AL’s best pitching flexed some muscle and completely shut down the Tigers. I wasn’t able to tune in early but did catch the Infante double. I agree with Brookens’ decision to send Fielder there, though I hardly agree that it takes “2 perfect throws” as the second throw from Escobar was actually pretty marginal but still got a slow Fielder. The Tigers weren’t hitting at all and there was no reason to think that Holaday was going to change that much (or anyone else on the bench).
But the Royals are a good team playing for something, and the Tigers were in a position to take the game to extra innings because their pitching was almost as brilliant as that of the Royals’.
I thought Hosmer’s statement that last night’s win was the “biggest of his career” was hilarious, and I expect that he had a few laughs at the expense of the Twitter when he got home.
The fact that the Tigers have been thrown out so much at home is a reflection of poor team speed (not a surprise) and more opportunities than their competitors. Let’s not be too upset about that.
I’m traveling today, so I won’t get to post the lineups. Someone please do when they are up.
Gotta win the series today. More importantly, Max needs to get on track. Hard to believe that Jeremy Guthrie has more wins that Justin Verlander.
I admit it, I love the expanded wild card.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers, 1-0, yesterday in a crisp, well-pitched game to keep the Royals' fleeting wildcard hopes alive. They preserved their narrow margin of victory by throwing Prince Fielder out at home plate for the final out of the game. I hate to be one of those second-guessing, arm-chair managers, but what the heck was Fielder doing out there anyway...
Detroit Tigers suspended infielder Jhonny Peralta is likely to rejoin the team for its final regular-season series in Miami later this month.
The Tigers haven't made it official but manager Jim Leyland said he "assumes" Peralta will rejoin the team when he has completed serving his 50-game suspension.
Leyland was not willing to say whether Peralta 31 will be activated...
Jhonny Peralta has called the infield his defensive home during his 11-year career, but when he returns to the Tigers lineup before the end of the season, he could find himself moving to the outfield.
Currently serving a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, Peralta has begun working out with the team to prepare for his return to the active roster.
Alex Avila is finally hitting like his old self. His old old self.
Avila hit a pair of home runs including a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning that helped the Detroit Tigers squeak out a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in front of a sellout crowd Sunday at Comerica Park.
It was Avila's fourth career multi-homer game and his first since May 24 2011.
The win trimmed...
DETROIT -- Fall is in the air, Comerica Park had another sellout crowd and you can sense the end of the regular season is coming.
The Tigers (85-62) moved a little closer to the postseason with their 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals (77-70) Friday night.
The Tigers kept the Cleveland Indians, who beat the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day, at bay, six games back in the...
DETROIT (AP) Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday.Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to right-center.Joaquin...
Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday.
Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to right-center.
On Friday, the Tigers completed the Jose Veras deal, shipping right-hander David Paulino to the Astros as the player to be named later. Veras was obviously needed, but with the inclusion of Paulino, it yet again becomes a very steep price to pay for the Tigers.
DETROIT (AP) -- Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday.
Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to right-center...
86-63, 5 up on Cleveland, KC effectively eliminated. 6-7 September record; more of the same gets Detroit to 92-70… and the ALDS in Oakland.
Big win yesterday against the Royals, big loss the day before, biggest series of the season on many levels. Gut check: Pass. (Also down to the wire now in the Game Poster League. Good job, Kevin. I guess I’m the only one left who can’t...
DETROIT (AP) -- Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Detroit remained six games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and dealt the third-place Royals a setback in the postseason race. Kansas City is one...
The Detroit Tigers are approaching a third straight division championship.
They'll hope Rick Porcello will have a playoff-caliber outing Monday when they look to pick up their third straight series win as the Seattle Mariners come to town.
The Tigers (86-63) have won four of their last five, including two of three from Kansas City over the weekend.
Pitching has been at the...
There’s no telling of course what the next two-plus weeks hold for the Royals in what remains a long-shot quest to reach the postseason for the first time in 28 years.
But … if destiny ultimately beckons bookmark Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers which ended when catcher Salvy Perez executed a blind grab on a throw before applying the tag at the plate.
The exact description has changed over time: first a sore hip flexor, then an abdominal wall strain, and most recently an injured groin. But the essence of the story is this: Miguel Cabrera has been playing hurt for about two months.
And now his health is the most pressing concern for the postseason-bound Detroit Tigers.
Cabrera said Friday that he feels "much better."...