Found May 09, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Omir Santos
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
The Omir Santos game, from a fan in attendance

16 irritating things about the Detroit Tigers

I don’t spend a lot of my time complaining about the Detroit Tigers and their current tribulations. In fact, I spend much of my free time reminding those that do complain why everything is going to be ok despite a sloppy 15-15 start to our season of hope. But, after 30 games of this nonsense, it’s time for me to vent a little. a young Prince Fielder sporting a Tigers hat, Giants...

Game 2012.30: Tigers at Mariners

15-14, 2 games behind Cle. Boy, last night was fun. On a night when Verlander was far from his best (and apologetic for his on-field behavior), the offense came through and left just enough cushion for Valverde to load the bases on 3 walks (one intentional) before closing out the game. It’s been hashed and rehashed, but the blowpen has become a serious concern. In case you haven’t...

Tigers waste Smyly's strong start

Drew Smyly keeps giving the Detroit Tigers great chances to win games. The offense keeps refusing to take them. Wednesday, Smyly continued the amazing start to his career - allowing one run in six innings - but the slumping offense managed just a single run in a 2-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Smyly now has a 1.59 ERA in six career starts, but has only one win to show for it...

Jim Leyland invites fans to second guess him

Tigers skipper Jim Leyland is known to some as the “Wizard of Woodward” and known to others as the “Wretch of Wrongness” based on the decisions he makes on a nightly basis.  Baseball managers have to make countless decisions game-in and game-out – his batting order, who will be available out of the bullpen, when to bunt, when to hit and run, when to make a pitching change...

Sore knee sidelines Avila

The slumping Tigers offense has another problem: Alex Avila has been sidelined by a sore knee. Jim Leyland told the Detroit media before Tuesday night's game in Seattle that Avila will sit out at least Tuesday and Wednesday with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. Knee problems caused Avila to hit just .073 in the 2011 postseason, and his struggles have continued this season...

Tigers Minor League watch

For Tigers fans, even if the first six weeks of the season have been a bit of a disappointment, the short-term future is bright. While the team has some holes, they still have an offense built around Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and one of the best young starting rotations in the game. Can they fill those holes from the minor-league system, either this season or next? Is the...

Leyland critical of Hamels suspension

Tigers skipper Jim Leyland feels the Phillies pitcher got off easy with only a five-game suspension for plunking Bryce Harper and was particularly troubled by Cole Hamels' post-game comments.

Game 2012.29: Tigers at Mariners

Ah, memories! Doug Fister returned to the place where he began his career, was his usual effective self, and went home without a W, like he had so many times in the employ of Nintendo (a 3.33 2011 ERA was only good enough to get him a 3-12 record). Implosion may be a fair word for the performance of Dotel last night, and with Valverde struggling, it seems the bullpen has now become...

Fielder homers, Detroit gets 1st win vs. Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- Justin Verlander won his 12th straight decision on the road, Prince Fielder homered and the Detroit Tigers raced to an early lead before holding on for a 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Verlander wasn't his sharpest, giving up three runs and seven hits. But Verlander retired nine of his final 10 batters, struck out six and went at least six...

Penny the latest big name to disappoint in Japan

(Adds AP Photo.) By JIM ARMSTRONG AP Sports Writer American pitcher Brad Penny was released by the Softbank Hawks after appearing in just one game for the Pacific League team, becoming the latest in a long list of former major league players to struggle to adjust to Japan's unique brand of baseball. The Hawks cut Penny on Tuesday, granting the player's request to be released...

Tigers-Athletics Preview

A .500 record and alternating wins with losses for nearly two weeks have the Detroit Tigers looking for a breakout series. The Oakland Athletics were relieved to avoid a break of a different kind. The underachieving Tigers face the A's on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set at Coliseum. Reigning AL Central champion Detroit (15-15) has split its last 10 games...

Mariners Take the Series

Once again another disappointing series for the Detroit Tigers. The Seattle Mariners have been a thorn in the Tigers side this year. Coming into the series the Tigers were win less against the Seattle ball club. In a series that had the pitching that was good enough to be a sweep but the offense that just couldn’t get the job done. Game one Doug Fister made his much anticipated...
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