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The Detroit Tigers just lost 4 out of 5 games, albeit by a total of just 5 runs. It’s funny how a stretch like this can bring out the ‘Jhonny Peralta has no range’ haters, the ‘Papa Grande has no arsenal’ realists, and the ‘I’m telling you, the Tigers just don’t have what it takes’ buffoons.
Avisail Garcia is back
The Tigers are still a solid 20-15, tied for 1st place, and should stay in prime position all season long to capture the AL Central yet again. The season is just more than 1/5th complete so despite my complete lack of worry, it’s time to take a look at the current state of the Tigers.
Austin Jackson hits the 15-day DL today with hamstring issues. He has slumped badly of late and hopefully will come off of the DL in good shape and hitting well. He is the ignition to the Tigers’ offense and can’t stay away long.
In his absence, the Tigers have called up Avisail Garcia, and I for one am excited to see him get regular at-bats. During his rehab assignment from a heel issue at high-A Lakeland and his work at AAA Toledo, he has hit a combined .426 with a double, two triples, and two homers in 66 at-bats. This guy has all of the tools.
Jose Valverde is the same guy we saw last year. He throws fastballs on nearly every single pitch, and his velocity that was reported to be 95-96 during his pre call-up stint in Florida, has translated to 92-93 in Detroit. It is still straight and uninspiring. My hunch is that he will be good enough to aid the Tigers’ quest for another playoff appearance but he just isn’t the guy this club needs come cold, and very important, October baseball games.
While Andy Dirks has heated up at the plate he has officially left Victor Martinez and Alex Avila in his wake. Dirks has three homers now and has pumped his average up to .239 with his recent hot streak. VMart sits at .212 and Avila .198. Martinez looked lost against Cleveland and Avila continues to irritate. The difference is that Martinez’s track record speaks volumes about his ability to get it going. Sadly, this may just be who the real Alex Avila is.
Consider that in his three full seasons of big league action Avila has hit .228, .295, and .243. This year he’s at .198. Can anyone find the outlier? Let’s stop with the expectations here.
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder have already combined for 73 RBI’s. Their on-base %’s are .452 and .417 respectively. Nasty stuff.
Ramon Santiago has 26 at-bats so far this year and has four hits and zero RBI’s to show for it. Talk about a complete waste of a roster spot.
I actually like Detroit’s bullpen right now, with the exception of the big fella who only has one pitch. Jose Ortega adds versatility and depth. Drew Smyly (1.93 ERA) and Joaquin Benoit (1.59) have been tremendous.
The K’s/9 from the bullpen members are insane. Ortega (12.46), Benoit (11.65), Smyly (9.26), Darin Down (11.21), Al Alburquerque (16.07) and Phil Coke (9.31). Jose Valverde is bringing up the rear at 7.50.
Detroit’s starters have a collective ERA of 3.45, which ranks 3rd in the AL. There is literally nothing to worry about here.
Yes, it stings to lose back-to-back home games to the Tribe by one run apiece and 4 of the last 5 overall, but the end goal is well within reach for this team. Try to enjoy the ride.
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Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a pulled left hamstring, leaving the Tigers without a talented leadoff hitter who also covers a lot of ground defensively in spacious Comerica Park.
The move is retroactive to Sunday, when Jackson missed a game against Cleveland following the injury.
''You want to make sure it'...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland elected to give Austin Jackson a day off yesterday, allowing the center fielder to rest his sore hamstring. Leyland said Jackson could have played but was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
"He can go," Leyland said, "but it's hard for
him to really burn into that extra...
Austin Jackson’s hamstring injury has presented Avisail Garcia and the Detroit Tigers with a big opportunity. (Josh May, Flickr)
Before things get out of hand, let me begin this piece with a simple Detroit Tigers public service announcement. Austin Jackson’s not going anywhere in center field. He’s a solid player who’s continued development will lead to him becoming an everyday...
Quick Detroit Tigers update from Monday morning …
Austin Jackson has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 5/12, w/pulled right hamstring. Avisail Garcia recalled from Toledo today. #tigers
— Rick Thompson (@Thompson_Tigers) May 13, 2013
That’s a tough break for the Tigers, what with Jackson off to a strong start this season. However, he had struggled lately due to that hamstring...
The Detroit Tigers Austin Jackson is going to require more than a few days off for his ailing right hamstring to heal. The Tigers placed the 26-year-old Jackson on the 15 day disabled list and recalled outfielder Avasail Garcia.
Jackson, 26, is batting .272/.333/.371 with two homers and five stolen bases this season. Andy Dirks is likely going to hit in the leadoff spot normally...
Ouch. No hitter ever wants to get beaned on any part of their body by a pitch travelling upwards of 80 mph, especially in the region where the family jewels are located.
During a baseball game Saturday night between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, slugger Prince Fielder’s jewels were put in harms way when he got hit in that area by a Joe Smith 81 mph breaking ball...
BY DAVE HOGGFOXSportsDetroit.com
The Tigers knew they were going to have to find a roster spot for red-hot Avisail Garcia. They weren't expecting to come at the expense of Austin Jackson.
Detroit placed Jackson on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore hamstring and called up Garcia, who has hit .432 after a spring-training heel problem caused him to get a late start on...
The Detroit Tigers have activated left-handed pitcher Phil Coke from the 15-day disabled list after having strained his left groin a few weeks back. To make room for him on the active roster Luke Putkonen was optioned to their Triple-A Toledo minor league affiliate. Coke resumes the role as lefty specialist and late inning relief man.
The post Detroit Tigers Activate Phil Coke...
Jose Valverde had been 3-for-3 on save opportunities with five scoreless innings since rejoining the Detroit Tigers. Sunday, he looked a little more like the struggling closer that the franchise tried to move on without this offseason.
Valverde, while throwing nothing but fastballs in a 29-pitch performance, walked two batters and allowed a game-tying single to Michael Brantley in...
Detroit Tigers: 21-15, 1st Place (.5 ahead of Cleveland)
Last night was not only the 5th consecutive game that the Tigers have won from the Houston Astros, but it was the 36th game of the season, which means it was the end of the 2nd inning, to revive a Billfer tradition, which was inspired by Bill Hoff. If you divide up a 162-game season you get 9 18-game segments, which means...
A little something for you to laugh at on this Sunday morning courtesy of Guyism.
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Despite the loss on Saturday, Justin Verlander is off to arguably the best start of his career, with an ERA under two, an FIP just barely over two, while striking out ten batters per nine innings. Despite those results, much has been made about Justin Verlander’s velocity dip so far this season. As a potential leading indicator of injury or declined performance, should Tigers fans be worried?
Miguel Cabrera homered, Doug Fister pitched seven impressive innings and Andy Dirks gave the Tigers a lift for a second straight night in Detroit's 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday.
Dirks hit a grand slam in Monday's 7-2 win over Houston, and a night later he capped a three-run fifth with a tiebreaking double. The Tigers added two more runs in the sixth, and...
Each Monday, good or bad, we’ll look back at the biggest theme of the week that was for the Detroit Tigers.
Though the Detroit Tigers dropped two closely contested games to the Washington Nationals over the week, the biggest story was plucky play of a Central Division rival over the weekend, who made an early season statement by winning two of three games in the Motor City.