Found May 25, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Phil Coke
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
I have spent the last 2 articles trying to “fix” the Detroit Tigers’ hitters. Part 3 of this series will take a peek at the pitching and see what needs mending. The Tigers as a staff rank 11th out of 14 AL teams in ERA at 4.13. Take a look at the splits though and you’ll see that the starters rank 6th at 3.84 while the bullpen as a unit ranks dead last at 4.71. The pen has surrendered more runs than any other AL team and the highest opposing batting average. Their 61 walks in 130 innings comes in tied for 11th. So yes, the pitching as a whole hasn’t been lights out, but the bullpen has been a literal train wreck. The latest member to join up is Luis Marte. Marte earned the gig in camp but got hurt on the 2nd to last day and has finally worked his way back. Marte joins Duane Below, Brayan Villarreal, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit, and Jose Valverde to round out the revamped stopper unit. Sadly, or rejoicefully, we won’t be able to pick on guys like Collin Balester in this ...

Tigers remain confident through frustrations

MINNEAPOLIS Jim Leyland makes his own rules.Jim Leyland sits at a borrowed desk, his feet propped up in their navy blue, white-tipped socks, and Jim Leyland owns that desk, if only for three days.Lined up neatly on that desk are a cell phone vintage 2002, one of those silver flip phones that was at the time a novelty some pens, a pack of Marlboros and a blue lighter. One by one...

Game 2012.46: Tigers at Twins

Detroit Tigers, 21-24, 5 games behind Cleveland. Runs! And lots of them.  Alex Avila said after the game: “We have the type of offense that can make up for mistakes.” Um, let’s not get carried away here. It still remains to be seen if the Tigers can extend a winning streak beyond one game. Trying to make that happen is Mysterious Max Scherzer, who is himself trying to put...

What is going on with the Detroit Tigers? Their subpar play is frustrating

Something is amiss in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse, or at least it appears to be. Sluggish play, lack of hustle and, simply put, bad baseball contributed to being swept in a three-game series by the Cleveland Indians. Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander has said “yelling” at teammates won’t accomplish anything. Has that already been done? [...]

Tigers place rookie Smyly on DL

The Detroit Tigers have placed rookie left-hander Drew Smyly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side. The move, made Saturday, is retroactive to July 7. In his last appearance, Smyly struck out a career-high 10 batters in a 4-2 win over Kansas City. Smyly said he experienced pain in his side during that start and thought it would go away. A second...

100-year-old woman throws out first pitch

While the real story was the Tribe's 2-1 win over rival Detroit, and Justin Masterson’s out dueling of Justin Verlander, there is an interesting side story today. A 100 year old woman threw out the 1st pitch today. Emily Serian was invited to throw out the 1st pitch as a birthday present and was accompanied [...]

Swarzak gets start to open Detroit series

It might still be relatively early in the season, but the Detroit Tigers are clearly frustrated with their play. A trip to Target Field might help get them going in a positive direction. After being swept by the AL Central leaders, the Tigers hope for a turnaround Friday night as they try to continue their recent road success against the last-place Minnesota Twins. The preseason...

Twins would have preferred to face Verlander

MINNEAPOLIS After Sunday, the Minnesota Twins will have played the Detroit Tigers five times. Of those five games, however, they'll have avoided facing Tigers ace Justin Verlander so far this season. That's seemingly a good thing on paper, as the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young winner is 5-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 10 starts so far this season. But Minnesota's...

Trying to explain the struggles of the Detroit Tigers

Trying to explain the struggles of the Detroit Tigers

Slumping Tigers offense busts out vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs and the struggling Detroit Tigers offense broke out in a big way in a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Alex Avila drove in three runs on two doubles, Drew Smyly (2-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits in five innings and Brennan Boesch added three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers...

Indians Vinnie Pestano Pitches Inning Of His Life To Take Two From Detroit

The Cleveland Indians took their second game in a row from the Detroit Tigers. The Indians sent Zach McAllister to the mound for the start and he pitched 6-1/3 innings very well. McAllister gave up 8 hits and two runs. McAllister has done nothing but great things for the Cleveland Indians since stepping in for Tomlin. Tribe Skipper is very lucky to have Zach to come up and fill in...

Tigers, Verlander swept by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Justin Masterson matched Justin Verlander pitch for pitch for first his career win over Detroit, and the first-place Cleveland Indians did just enough to beat the reigning AL MVP 2-1 Thursday and complete a three-game sweep of the underperforming Tigers. Shin-Soo Choo homered on the third pitch from Verlander (5-2) as the Indians won for the eighth time in 10 games...

Indians sweep Tigers, hope to be in it for long haul this time

The Indians completed a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 2-1 victory over Tigers' ace Justin Verlander on Thursday. The Indians' victory, and the early season fortunes of both teams recall the starts of both teams last season. Last year, the Indians were the dominant team in the American League Central Division for the first four months of the season. On May 23, they...

The Bird Flits By

It could be said that Mark Fidrych had the briefest, most spectacular pitching career in the history of baseball. He was 21 when he made the roster of the Detroit Tigers in 1976. He did not make his first start until May 15th that year, and then only because the starting pitcher was out with the flu. Mark threw seven innings of 2 hit ball, winning the game 2-1. The baseball world...

Tigers make it two straight over Twins

The long local nightmare is over in Detroit. The Tigers have won back-to-back games for the first time in over a month. From April 15-18, the Tigers beat the White Sox once and then swept the Kansas City Royals in a three-game road series. Since then, they have lost as many as four in a row but weren't able to win consecutive games. After defeating the Minnesota Twins 6-3...
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