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Should the Detroit Tigers consider swapping out the closer duties and hand the 9th inning keys to Joaquin Benoit? We’ve all that about it, but would it be the right move?
Jose Valverde went 49 for 49 in save opportunities last year, albeit in consistently dramatic fashion. But 49 for 49 is flat out epic and must be respected. Regardless, should Benoit get a crack at the job? Let’s take a look.
Current stats, though meaning very little right now, slightly favor Benoit. He has a 3.86 ERA but a shockingly high 2.25 WHIP thanks to 9 walks in 9.1 innings of work. Valverde is sporting a 5.59 ERA and an equally ugly 1.86 WHIP to go along with 4 saves in 5 chances.
The main problem with Valverde, at least in the minds of Tiger fans, is that when he takes the mound the worst case scenario is usually expected. He often walks the first batter, coughs up any insurance run cushion he may have, and tightropes his way to an eventual save.
Whether this is fair or not is another matter...
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While visiting the MLB Fan Cave, 11-year-old Shayna Hersh, who is battling cystic fibrosis, had a dream come true when she met Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
DETROIT -- While the Tigers were dealing with the fallout from Delmon Young's arrest and seven-day suspension and a cold rain fell at Comerica Park, a ray of light appeared in the clubhouse.
Victor Martinez, newly freed from his crutches and sporting longer hair and a big knee brace, sat smiling at his familiar spot in front of his locker.
Before long, he had new teammate Prince...
It’s been a tough couple weeks for the Tigers who’ve had to deal with losing streaks, inconsistent pitching and Delmon Young’s drunken racist New York City tirade last week.
However some potential good news for the team revolves around injured DH Victor Martinez.
According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, doctors have given Martinez better than a 20% chance...
Detroit Tigers right fielder Brennan Boesch caught a sinking line drive while turning away from the ball after losing it in the lights during Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.
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It happened in the top of the eighth inning when Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler hit a line drive to right field. Boesch was standing...
On the same road trip that capped a bad week for the Detroit Tigers, a little girl's wish came true in Cy Young -- and MVP -- fashion.
Meet Shayna Hersh. She's an 11-year-old from Huntington Woods, Mich., whose nickname just happens to be Verlander.
Her favorite team is, obviously, the Detroit Tigers. Her favorite player is, of course, Justin Verlander, and she's been...
LF Delmon Young won't be in Detroit's starting lineup Friday when he comes off Major
League Baseball's suspended list, according to manager Jim Leyland. "He won't play
Friday," Leyland said. "He needs to get back into the routine of things, taking batting
practice, taking fly balls in the outfield, stuff like that. "Would I put him in a game...
Major League Baseball suspended Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young for one week without pay Monday following his drunken anti-Semitic rant and arrest.
The suspension is retroactive to last Friday, when the incident occurred, the league announced.
"Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game's stature as a social...
Four days after being released by the Detroit Tigers, Brandon Inge has found a new home. The veteran infielder, who turns 35 in May, signed on Monday with the Oakland A's. The team cleared a roster spot by designating Luke Hughes for assignment. Inge was released by the Tigers after hitting .100 with a home run and two RBI in nine games. It marked the end of more than a decade...
DETROIT (AP) -- Austin Jackson had four hits and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Tuesday night.
The Tigers scored five runs in the first and won for only the third time in 11 games. Porcello (2-2) took advantage of the offensive support to snap out of his slump, allowing three runs and seven hits. In his previous...
In the top of the 8th inning of the Tigers-Royals game on Tuesday night, Billy Butler "lined out to right field," according to the box score. Sounds simple enough, but it wasn't your ordinary line out.
Tigers' right fielder Brennan Boesch, who has made catching routine fly balls quite an adventure this season*, lost the ball in the lights, I assume, and turned...
In the latest podcast, the staff discusses those players that are slumping early in the season, how the organization values Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer, which minor leaguers are making an early case for a promotion, and how the Tigers draft strategy will play out.
DETROIT (AP) - Chris Getz's infield single in the ninth inning put Kansas City ahead, and the Royals held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday.
Joaquin Benoit (0-1) gave up a double to Mike Moustakas, who advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Getz hit a grounder that was too deep into the hole for shortstop Jhonny Peralta to make a strong enough throw.
Major League Baseball has decided to suspend Detroit Tigers slugger
Delmon Young following his drunken anti-Semitic rant and arrest,
two sources told the New York Post.