Found May 04, 2012 on The Baseball Page:
If you scan the league leaders in ERA you might be surprised to see Detroit Tigers rookie Drew Smyly among the leaders at 1.23. Technically his 22.0 innings don’t qualify Smyly to be among the leaders, but it’s hard not to be impressed with what the 22-year old southpaw has done. . It’s not like he’s had an easy path to his early success. He’s faced the Rays, Royals, Rangers, and Yankees thus far, making his 1-0 record, 1.23 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP all that more impressive.. He gave up one unearned run to the Royals, but what he’s done against the three powerhouses is where he really makes the grade. He allowed just three runs on 11 hits in 16.0 innings for a 1.69 ERA and 1.13 ERA against three of the most patient, powerful offenses in the league.. He’s not getting it done with smoke and mirrors either. He is averaging a strikeout per inning, and even took it up a notch (10.1 K/9) against that trio.. He has pretty much had success across the board. He’s got a 1.80 ERA at home and a 0.75 ...

Detroit Tigers: If I Was Jim Leyland….

Let me start this article off by saying, I am NOT a fan of Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. However, He is NOT a horrible manager. The guy has been in the game longer than most fans have been alive. The man has a World Series ring. The man has been manager of the year three times (1990, 1992 and 2006). Let me continue by explaining that Jim Leyland is a .500 career manager. That...

Tigers' Young: 'That's not me'

DETROIT --- Delmon Young was back in uniform Friday night, a week after being arrested in New York for an alleged hate crime. He's hoping that will be the next step in regaining some normality in his life. Young came off baseball's restricted list at the end of his seven-day suspension, and met with the media before Detroit's game against Chicago. He started the press...

Scherzer's solid effort blown by Valverde in 9th

DETROIT It seems fitting now that the Tigers are playing a baseball version of the old "Whack-a-Mole" game. They get one problem fixed and another one pops up. That's the way it was in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. In front of a sellout crowd of 42,404, Max Scherzer found his more popular "blue-eye" style of pitching...

Miguel Cabrera stars in MLB Fan Cave telenovela spoof (Video)

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera took part in a telenovela spoof during his recent visit to the MLB Fan Cave. Your browser does not support iframes. Cabrera played the role of "Miggy Poco", with special guest star and comedian Jon Glaser playing Tigers manager Jim Leyland (using a paper Leyland mask on his face to play the part). Video via ...

Tigers reinstate Young, demote Eldred

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has been reinstated and is eligible to play Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. Young was suspended for seven days without pay by Major League Baseball after he was arrested last week and charged with yelling anti-Semitic epithets during a late-night tussle at a New York hotel. Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said he...

Peralta homers in 9th to lift Tigers over ChiSox

DETROIT (AP) -- Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Chicago led 4-2 after Gordon Beckham's tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh, but Detroit got a run back in the eighth on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. After Alex Avila's one-out single in the ninth, Peralta...

Tigers activate Young from suspension

The Detroit Tigers announced Friday they have activated designated hitter Delmon Young from his one-week suspension and have designated outfielder Brad Eldred for assignment. Young was suspended for one week by Major League Baseball last month for his arrest on aggravated harassment charges in New York, stemming from an anti-Semitic rant against a pan-handler. Tigers manager...

White Sox-Tigers Preview

Prior to the start of the season, few would have considered a matchup between Detroit's Drew Smyly and Chicago's Jake Peavy a pitchers' duel. Both are off to sensational starts, however, and runs could be hard to come by when the two square off in Friday night's series opener between the Tigers and White Sox at Comerica Park. After opening 9-3, Detroit (12-12) has...

Miguel Cabrera Finds His Calling in Telenovela (Video)

It appears that Miguel Cabrera has found his calling. That’s right, he’s acting. Cabrera is staring in his own telenovela. This show comes complete with Cabrera in an eye patch, a fat guy running with no  shirt on, an absolutely beautiful woman and a guest appearance from a Jim Leyland impersonator. This looks to be top-notch

Podcast: Castellanos, Porcello, Scherzer

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.

Miguel Cabrera wearing an eye patch doing Latino things

Uh yep, mmm…hmmm…

Miguel Cabrera as ‘Miggy Poco’ in Telenovela

Offense Comes Alive, Then Dies

In what was supposed to be a three game series between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, turned into a rain shortened series. Detroit came into the series looking to get their offense back on track and start winning at home. The Royals, winners of their last four of five, looked to bring their record back up towards the .500 mark. Last time these two teams faced off...

Hammel, Smyly looking sharp

Note: All stats are prior to games on Thursday. The sports journalism realm is aflame with accusations of sexism, fraudulent identity and extortion. I thought I was absolved from such interrogation, yet judging by the volume of inquiries in my mailbox, it appears many of you harbor reservation toward the authenticity of this column. Your concern is justifiable, as it seems unfathomable...
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