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I’ve never met Jim Leyland personally. I’m sure he’s a swell guy (perhaps Tom in Lakeland can give us a few anecdotes). For the most part, I like what he does with the team.
But I think he’s wrong about the bullpen.
Can you name a single reliever from the Tigers’ system that’s seen some kind of lasting success in a Tigers uniform? Our best relievers in recent history were FA signings (Benoit, Dotel, Valverde). Other relievers have left the Tigers and turned into ALL STARS elsewhere (Grilli, Rodney). Let’s get a discussion going on this and see who else we can come up with.
When Rondon came up yesterday, we all knew that Leyland would look to use him as soon as possible. Leyland loves to throw young guys into high pressure situations. No matter what the failure rate.
Smyly threw 14 pitches. During which he, oh, you know, struck out the side. Unless Smyly is going to start tomorrow, there was no reason to pull him. Especially after the Tigers failed to score in the 10th, because that means that we’ve not burned another pitcher after Rondon if Rondon gets through the inning (I’m certain that Rondon was only going to get 1 inning). It was a complete gaffe on Leyland’s part, and it may have cost us the game.
Now, if Rondon turns into the closer we need, and he can mature so quickly during the season that he’s a weapon in the playoffs, then let’s remember tonight’s trial by fire.
But Leyland’s track record doesn’t look good.
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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is angry after Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney threw an in-tight-and-up pitch that sent Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera to back off the plate during the at-bat. “I don’t care about throwing inside, but I don’t like it up there,” Leyland said via MLive.com.
Tigers slugger Prince Fielder hit a home run Friday on a 1-0 count that probably would be well on it’s way to Cuba if it wasn’t for that dump of a stadium in Tampa. In fact, Prince’s homer looked to take down Tropicana as it bounced off the the right field catwalk to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead in the 8th inning.
Kinda reminds you of this home run his dad hit years ago at County...
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wishes the reigning American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera “wouldn’t cry so much.” Maddon said Sunday, after the Rays defeated the Detroit Tigers with a 3-1 victory at Tropicana Field, that Cabrera is “outstanding, he’s
If Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland want their Detroit Tigers to have a better record in close games, they should look no further than improving the whole bullpen quite soon.
This week alone, the Tigers lost two more games in extra innings because of inconsistent options in the bullpen. Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels, the Phil Coke experiement took another hit, as the lefty...
Max Scherzer is giving the Detroit Tigers fans something to cheer about, he has now won 12 games and is the first guy to get to 12-0 on the season in years. Scherzer is making it look easy. He is clearly the best pitcher in Major League Baseball this season. He worked for 7 innings last night against the Rays and he got his 12th win in his 12th start. He only gave up 4 hits and 3...
The Detroit Tigers have recalled reliever Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.
The move was announced before Friday night's game at Tampa Bay. Right-hander Evan Reed was optioned to Toledo.
Rondon went 1-1 with 14 saves in 30 games with Toledo.
''He's not being brought back as a closer,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''Sixth, seventh, sometimes...
Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera went HAM on this Tampa Bay pitch, crushing a home run into the stadium swimming pool.
43-37, 1st place tie with Cleveland.
The Detroit Tigers first went to 6 games over .500 on May 3 with a dramatic win over the Houston Astros. And here we are at 6 games over .500 again. Hmmm. Quite a few teams would be happy to say that. Hmmm. Tigers. Aren’t they that team with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander? Hmmm.
A Monday day game seems a bit odd, but...
Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer recorded his 12th victory of the season Friday night, as he struck out nine batters and led the Tigers to a 6-3 victory in Tampa Bay. In 16 starts Scherzer has been impressive boasting 131 strikeouts/25 walks and a 3.10 ERA. Obviously, this guy will be headed to New York next month for the midsummer classic.
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Prince Fielder launched a home run an estimated 430-feet or so, but no one will ever know because the pesky catwalk at Tropicana Field got in the way. The moon shot came off of a Cesar Ramos pitch in the eighth inning and could easily be the longest we have seen this year.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. There seemed to be heated words from the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera toward the Tampa Bay Rays dugout Saturday, but there are few answers as to why.
Cabrera, who went 1 for 4, struck out on five pitches against reliever Fernando Rodney in the 10th inning of the Rays 4-3 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field. After the sequence, Cabrera appeared to jaw...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Miguel Cabrera is no stranger to uncommon displays of strength. The reigning Triple Crown winner and American League MVP is baseballs most dangerous player, and long home runs are nothing new to him.
But the Detroit Tigers star accomplished a wet career-first Sunday. He hit a 424-foot solo home run into the Rays Touch Tank behind the right-center wall at Tropicana...
The Tigers seem to be pretty upset about last night’s 4-3 extra innings loss at the hands of the Rays, but it isn’t the loss alone that’s not sitting well with the team especially manager Jim Leyland and slugger Miguel Cabrera.
Much of the tension is stemming from the 10th inning when former Tiger reliever Fernando Rodney threw a high and tight pitch to Cabrera who didn’t...
43-36, 1st place, 1 game up on Cle…
Well, last night was incredibly disappointing, and the Rondon outing led to an outcry of criticism regarding Leyland’s bullpen management. Hop over here if you want to discuss.
Even more concerning that the bullpen issue is Justin Verlander. Yes, he went 8 and allowed only 2 ER, but he allowed 9 hits and 4 walks. That’s a 1.625 WHIP. With...
During Saturday’s game between the Tigers and Rays, Miguel Cabrera did not appreciate a 10th-inning up-and-in pitch from Fernando Rodney. Cabrera barked at the Rays going back to the dugout after striking out, and, on Sunday, the Tigers appeared to retaliate by hitting Ben Zobrist in the first inning.
An immediate warning by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza seemed to keep the incident...