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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 next Cabrera or Justin Verlander lurking in Erie or Lakeland? Or is the cupboard as bare as it was a decade ago? After all, the Tigers have used a lot of prospects in trades over the past few years.
To answer that, let's take a team-by-team look at Detroit's minor-league system:
TOLEDO MUD HENS - TRIPLE-A INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
If you are looking for a solution to the Tigers' offensive woes, you'll have to look somewhere other than Toledo. The Mud Hens' best hitters this season have been Brad Eldred (.350 BA, 14 HR, .890 SLG) and Danny Worth (.309 BA, .387 OBP). At 31, Eldred isn't...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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...
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...
The first month of the MLB season has elapsed and the Tigers’ typical slow start has once again reared its’ ugly head. Tigers’ bats erupted on Opening Weekend against the Red Sox. The Tigers roared out to a 9-3 record and have since gone cold, only winning 2 out of their last 10 games. A competitive docket of games in April along with possible off-field issues are possibly...
The Omir Santos game, from a fan in attendance
Yesterday we mentioned we would take a look at the Tiger DH performance. Then again, you may want to avert your eyes.
Currently the Tiger DH line (BA, OBP, SLG, OPS) looks like this:
Tigers DH: .192 .228 .283 .512
AL Avg DH:.263 .334 .454 .788
With those numbers we could have kept Brandon Inge, shifted him to DH, and come out ahead.
Of course the league averages...
(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...
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 O.co Coliseum.
Reigning AL Central champion Detroit (15-15) has split its last 10 games...
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...
Just when you thought Max Scherzer and the suddenly prolific offense would be the entire story of the Tigers' 10-6 victory over the Oakland A's, a former Tiger had to make sure he was part of the tale as well.
But before we get to Brandon Inge, the man Tigers fans love to hate, Scherzer's outing requires some attention.
Scherzer followed up his excellent start against...