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Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find it hard to believe Max Scherzer has already spent three of his five Major League seasons with the Tigers? I feel like it wasn’t that long ago that we were raving about his potential as an Arizona farmhand.
But alas, time moves on, and last year Scherzer finally began living up to his insane potential. His strikeout rate was an astounding 11.08 K/9, the highest single-season rate for a pitcher who’s thrown at least 160 innings since Kerry Wood‘s 11.35 mark back in 2003, and for the second straight year he was able to keep his walk rate under 3.00 BB/9. Combined, Scherzer’s 3.85 K:BB ratio was the 11th-best among all starters last year, better than what James Shields, Matt Cain, Chris Sale, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price were able to do. It was the second straight year his K:BB ratio had improved.
Last year Scherzer’s average fastball velocity rose from 93.1 mph to 94.2 mph according to PitchFX, which also suggests he intro...
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On Thursday, I took part in a series of mock salary arbitration cases that are appearing on Baseball Prospectus. In the case, I covered the Tigers’ side if Max Scherzer had gone to hearing. It was a tough case to make. Scherzer certainly anchored the rotation behind Justin Verlander.
The process of doing mock hearings is so enjoyable that I decided to play both sides of the street...
DETROIT, Michigan — According to a Sports Illustrated story dated yesterday, a report has come out that links Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta to Tony Bosch, a man being currently being investigated by Major League Baseball for giving out performance enhancing drugs. So far, Peralta is the 12th MLB player to have come up in Bosch’s [...]
Miguel Cabrera is a bona fide superstar and coming off a phenomenal season that saw the Detroit Tigers slugger earn the 2012 AL MVP after a historic year at the plate. A season so outstanding that Cabrera won the Triple Crown, the first player since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967.
Being an MVP and Triple Crown winner, Cabrera remains a hot commodity and is always...
According to a Sports Illustrated report, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is the 12th major-league player to show up in the records of Tony Bosch, director of the controversial Biogenesis clinic in Florida.
The clinic is being investigated by Major League Baseball for links to performance-enhancing drugs.
According to SI, Peralta was not directly linked to PEDs by Bosch...
I love Doug Fister. If we didn’t have two people contributing to these projections, he’d probably end up higher in these rankings. However, George does have valid points whenever I start getting a little too excited about Fister’s fantasy prospects, and those points primarily surround Detroit’s porous infield defense.
Fister has one of the strongest ground ball tendencies...
Jhonny Peralta, come on down!
SI.com’s Tom Verducci reports that Peralta’s name was found in the records of Tony Bosch, the director of the South Florida clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and other major leaguers.
Peralta reportedly does not appear to be directly tied to PEDs in the records, and in a statement the Tigers shortstop denied...
Jhonny Peralta is the most recent name to be linked to the Biogenesis PED scandal. Another player's name was expected to be released yesterday after Jesus Montero was linked. However, the connection that both Montero and Peralta have to the clinic is not clear.
Peralta's name was not mentioned with any PEDs says Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated. This is similar...
DETROIT -- Alex Avila had a glow about him during the recent TigerFest at Comerica Park that made those around him smile, too.
Whether the greater cause of his visible joy was pondering becoming a father for the first time or knowing his knees no longer throbbed like bad toothaches was debatable.
What's not debatable is, Detroits catcher has plenty to smile about with so much...
Austin Jackson has been solid as the Tigers' everyday center fielder for three years now, and that won't change in 2013. The question remains, which Jackson will the Tigers get, the 2011 version that saw his average plummet, or the 2012 version with a strong walk rate and a .300 average?
Continuing ahead with our gander back at 2012 and the preview of what 2013 could have in store, we move to the only position that still has some uncertainty about it; left field. Can Andy Dirks play every day? Will Quintin Berry find a role again? Can Brennan Boesch make an impact?