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The Detroit Tigers are in a bit of a rough patch the moment.
The starting pitching is not performing up to its usual standards, hitting has been in a funk, the bullpen can’t seem to string anything together and as a result the team just has not been playing to their potential. There is no glaring issue for general manager Dave Dombrowski to fix, the team just needs to be more consistent.
A lot of people out there that want to blame new skipper Brad Ausmus, but there’s a lot more going on here than just a manager pulling some strings, making pitching changes here and there. To start the season, the Tigers’ starting pitching was dominating every team it faced. Now? It’s just been average. Same for the offense, which was great for a three-week stretch but has since cooled. And the bullpen, which looked like the weak link, has been good and bad.
The real problem just appears to be consistency in all facets of the game.
How about the new guys that were picked up at in the off-season, though? They are really making an impact on this team already. Ian Kinsler has been a huge help — solid second baseman, a real dependable guy at the plate and a very good base runner. Rajai Davis is really making a big splash and his presence on the base paths has changed the way the Tigers can play offense and has improved the overall look of this team all around. The bullpen help hasn’t been quite what Detroit has wanted, starting with Joe Nathan. He has been a real peaks-and-valleys type of a guy this year.
Still, for all the frustration over the past month, this Tigers team really does have the players and coaches to stay a World Series contender this season. You have to figure that at least the starting pitching will get back on track … and the hitting will come around. The only uncertainty is the same headache that’s lingered since last season: the bullpen. It is going to be their big Achilles’ heel all season it seems, though the arrival of Joel Hanrahan in the next month or so ought to help.
How well Nathan can respond to a miserable few outings will really be a big catalyst for this team. Can he shore up the ninth-inning? With Kinsler and Davis in Detroit’s lineup, plus the big bats of Cabrera and Victor Martinez heating up, this team has the makings for something special. But can they find the right recipe to make this thing work?
The starting pitching, in particular Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, need to get back to the basics. When the season started it looked as if they were all just out there playing catch and having fun. Lately, they are laboring over every single pitch — Verlander’s win in Seattle Friday was a step in the right direction. I am not sure if teams have picked up on something, but the last few starts for each starter has been a bit of a rocky road. Pitching coach Jeff Jones really has his work cut out for him. They need to get into the clubhouse and watch some film and figure some things out. Whatever the approach has been it has not been a good one over the past two weeks.
This team has what it takes to win it all. So while there is some panic in Tiger Town right now, there could be pandemonium come late October.
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The Detroit Tigers have had their ups and downs in the early start of this season as they are attempting to win the World Series for the first time since 1984. There are three prospects though that can give the Tigers that extra effort they need to achieve this goal.
LHP Robbie Ray
Ray has already gained some major league experience this year as he was called up to fill the void...
Miguel Cabrera got a piece of the Rock.
Then Victor Martinez got a piece of five consecutive 2-2 pitches with two out from Hiashi Iwakuma.
Result: Two homers worth a combined five runs. Those blows, and eight innings from Justin Verlander, allowed the Tigers to beat Lloyd McClendon’s Mariners, 6-3, in the series opener at Safeco Field on Friday night.
With the game scoreless...
Tigers setup man Al Alburquerque dressed up in a female dominatrix outfit and posted a picture to Instagram while the Tigers were in Oakland as part of a rookie hazing joke. Wait, Alburquerque is in his fourth year?
There is no excuse for this. None. Ever.
Detroit Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque posted a racy photo wearing daisy dukes and a bikini top on his Instagram page on Thursday during their game against the Oakland A’s. [@thescore]
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31-20, 1st place, 6 games up.
Two things caught my eye this morning as I read the papers (well, through the internet, on my cell phone).
1) VMart may have had one of the best at bats of his career yesterday. It looked good watching it, but think about this. He gets up 2-0, then watches 2 called strikes go by. He follows by fouling off 5 straight pitches, before ripping the 10th into...
The first 20,000 fans at Friday night’s Mariners-Tigers game received fedoras, because that was the promotion. One fan was so disgusted with himself that he dropped Victor Martinez’s home run*, he took his fedora and threw it on the ground!
As Mario suggested, it must have been the fedora’s fault.
*That Victor Martinez home run was a b-e-a-u-t:
There will be plenty of hugs, backslaps and big smiles when the Detroit Tigers greet Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, their former hitting coach, before Friday night's game between the two teams at Safeco Field.
McClendon was along for the whole ride during Jim Leyland's eight years as manager -- through two World Series appearances, three consecutive Central Division...
In Episode 65, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league.
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When it comes to his bullpen, Brad Aumsus's penchant for secrecy is more Jim Schwartz than Jim Leyland.
Ausmus won't tell the media which relievers are available on any given night, saying that he doesn't want the information to get the opposition via Twitter, while Leyland was happy to tell anyone who asked.
Friday, though, it doesn't take inside information to realize...
The Detroit Tigers AAA ball club the Toledo Mud Hens unveiled their new Spider-Man uniforms. The jerseys will be worn on June 28th and look pretty good. Hopefully the batting helmets also match the uniforms. [@PhilHecken]
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Sometimes the other pitcher is just better. You gotta tip your cap to Chris Young. Lots of fly balls, but lots of weak fly balls and pop-ups. The Mariners eeked out two runs on a bloop, a hope, and a prayer, and we just gotta understand that this will happen over a long season.
This good pitching thing shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as pitchers are dominating like no other...
pitch 94 RT @matthewbmowery: .@brooksbaseball's PITCHf/x had Verlander's max fastball at 98.1 mph tonight.
— Detroit4lyfe (@Detroit4lyfe) May 31, 2014
Justin Verlander’s average fastball in the month of May was 93.83 MPH, a career low, but he showed on Friday night against the Seattle Mariners that he still has that Taco Bell gas. He pumped 95-plus on more than 15 pitches...
Drew Smyly is probably thrilled the month of May is finally over.
Smyly (2-4) lasted just four innings and threw 105 pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the Detroit Tigers' 3-2 loss Saturday night.
After picking up the victory in 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on May 3, Smyly is 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in his last five starts.
"He had a little trouble with his command...
Hello win my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again. Don’t ever disappear like that on us again. Ever.
Quick standings update:
Det 30-20 –
Chi 28-27 4.5
KC 25-28 6.5
Min 24-27 6.5
Cle 24-30 8.0
Well, the Tigers took 2 out of the last 3 from Oakland, and were perhaps a Castellanos catch away from taking the series. Considering how we had been playing...
Max Scherzer has hardly been at his best lately, but he's also avoided losses with help from his teammates.
That's allowed the Detroit Tigers right-hander another attempt at an MLB-best seventh consecutive win in Sunday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners (3 p.m. EDT pregame, 4:10 first pitch on FOX Sports Detroit) who are hoping to get Robinson Cano back in...