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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland doesn't believe in momentum in baseball.
He subscribes to the age-old theory that "momentum is the next day's starting pitcher."
I disagree to a certain extent.
There clearly is momentum in the Major Leagues. It's the only way to explain how bad teams go on extended winning streaks and good teams on extended losing streaks throughout the course of every baseball season.
At the same time, as Leyland suggests, the next day's starting pitcher can bring a team's momentum to a screeching halt.
The Tigers are entering a potential turning-point part of their season. They're coming off that emotional, come-from-behind victory Sunday at Cincinnati when they rallied from a four-run deficit in the late innings.
Whether that turns a season around remains to be seen, but it's certainly the type of victory that should at least ignite a winning streak.
The Tigers haven't won more than three in a row since their two ...
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Hernan Perez might end up as one of the many players who finish their Tigers career with exactly one hit. For the forseeable future, he'll be there on the list with pitchers like Jeremy Bonderman, failed prospects like Kevin Hooper and late-career gambles like Vince Coleman.
At the moment, though, Perez might best represent the chaos of the 2012 season.
A few days ago, he...
On Sunday Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly left his start early against the Cincinnati Reds due to injury. The injury for which he left the game was believed to be a blood blister that had ruptured; however, that’s not the case. Not even close. Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control announced yesterday that [...]
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It seems that Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde may have some explaining to do after last nights game against the Reds. It seems that the erratic closer was getting a little bit of help from spit. Watch the videos and see for yourself, it looks that he did indeed spit into his glove prior to [...]
Detroit Tigers pitcher, Drew Smyly, was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds because of this blister.
Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said of the blister, “It’s the worst one I’ve ever seen in my life. It was huge. I’ve never seen a blood blister that big.”
Smyly posted the picture to twitter saying,” Alright you asked for it….don’t worry it’s not...
With the big hype lately over the one and only, Quintin Berry, there have been many discussions as to what would be the most logical desired outfield, personnel wise, assuming everyone is healthy. As disappointing as the play has been from the corner outfielders in Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young, many are quick to think Berry should replace one of them in the starting lineup. With...
Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly was forced to leave last night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds after three innings because of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. Because Smyly apparently received numerous requests for a picture of it he obliged earlier today via his Twitter account. Manager [...]
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