Posted May 12, 2013 on
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?

Verlander erratic early in loss to Indians

DETROIT -- Yes, Tigers fans, that was really Justin Verlander on the mound Saturday night. He may have looked like Jamie Moyer or late-career Frank Tanana, but it was the Tigers ace trying to survive a game without his legendary fastball. It didn't go well. Verlander did strike out seven batters in his five innings mostly with his changeup and curveball but the lack of a...

Detroit Tigers: bites, gripes, and need to knows

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...

Tigers Prince Fielder gets Beaned in the Private Parts During Game (Video)

    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...

Tigers place Jackson on DL

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 Activate Phil Coke, Option Luke Putkonen

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...

Tigers' Austin Jackson out with hamstring soreness

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 "He can go," Leyland said, "but it's hard for him to really burn into that extra...

Avisail Garcia Recalled, Austin Jackson to DL With Hamstring Injury

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...

TDSS Tigers Recap, Game 35: Jose Valverde, Offense Falter in 10-Inning Loss

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...

First Pitch: Jackson to DL; Garcia called up

BY DAVE 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...

Austin Jackson To The DL – Tigers Recall Avisail Garcia

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...

Much goes into Indians win over Verlander, Tigers

DETROIT -- Some wins are easily defined.Not Saturday night.Much went into the Indians 7-6 victory over the Tigers and Justin Verlander. From starting pitching to hustle plays to scrapping against (another) Cy Young winner to getting the final out against the defending American League MVP, the Indians earned this win.Cleveland took an early 6-1 lead, forced Verlander out of the game...

Just how good has Clay Bucholz been?

Bucholz has been fantastic so far. Well, he's been good enough to be considered 2nd in the major leagues behind Annibal Sanchez in the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) category, which measures how valuable a pitcher has been to his team, according to the Herald. He also stacks up well against the best pitchers in the majors in just about every other statistical category. He has...
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