Pregame 10: Detroit Tigers at San Diego Padres

It’s the first rubber game of 2014, and hopefully it will satisfy our rubber soul, as the Tigers (6-3) make another day trip to San Diego (4-7) and then get their ticket to ride back home for a day off and then the Cleveland Indians. Max Scherzer will face Tyson Wood. The Incredible 2014 Detroit Tigers are on pace for 108 wins, and I’ll have you know that the 7-3 we’re hoping...
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Instant Replay is Fine, But Altering How Baseball’s Played is Absurd

Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila (left) collides with Boston catcher David Ross (right) in Game 5 of the 2013 ALCS – Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports We are currently ushering in a new era for Major League Baseball. Most of the evolutionary moves focus around the integration of instant replay this season, which has shown its benefits and flaws so far. Managers are now...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon: Prince of SAGNOF

It may only be for two games, but Dee Gordon draws a nice match-up against the Tigers to start the week. Gordon is already in mid-season SAGNOF form, hitting over .400 with 3 steals entering Sunday's game. Alex Avila can't catch a cold. In 2013 he caught base stealers at a 17% clip. That was well below the 28% league average. Word on the street is that he spent the off-season...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Questions behind the plate

Detroit Tigers: Questions behind the plateQuestions about the Detroit Tigers heading into the 2014 season range from the bullpen, to the third base position  and everything in between. Answering those questions however, likely won’t happen until the first month of the season is completed. Although, there might be enough evidence to turn one of those questions into a frightening...
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers notes: Avila sits out

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers are still a relatively healthy bunch through five days of full-squad workouts. But as one would expect, little things are beginning to crop up at this point, although nothing is considered serious. Catcher Alex Avila did not participate in Saturday's workout. "Avila was held out today," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Just because...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: depth a major concern

Over the past two seasons the Detroit Tigers have been a relatively healthy team in terms of games missed, especially considering the advanced age of some of their players. This good fortune has allowed the front office to hide the organization’s lack of overall depth. A farm system that is said to rank 28th out of 30 won’t offer the Tigers much if a few key players start to...
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: is Alex Avila running out of time?

Is it possible that Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila is over-the-hill at age 26? Rewind to the end of the 2011 season and it appeared as though the Tigers had baseball’s best up and coming catcher. He had hit .295 with 33 doubles, 19 homers, 82 RBI’s, and slugged at a .506 clip. The future doesn’t get much brighter for a young backstop. And then came 2012, the season in which...
April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers rumors: catcher edition

Much has been made of the Detroit Tigers adding Torii Hunter to the roster and how much that will improve the offense and defense of a team that was so frustratingly close to winning it all last year. Indeed, Hunter will provide a huge piece to the Tigers’ puzzle, but he doesn’t cure all of the ills. Most people with an opinion have the Tigers’ 2013 Opening Day lineup looking...
November 27, 2012  |  1 Comment

Disabled list might be best option for Avila, Tigers

DETROIT Alex Avila needs to go on the disabled list. Avila having to leave Tuesday night's game after the fifth inning after his right hamstring tightened up on him again was not the reason the Tigers lost a 4-2 game to the Cleveland Indians in front of 33,258 at Comerica Park. What Avila's been going through is what a lot of the Tigers have been going through this season...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Alex Avila's All-Star encore hinges on consistency

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila loves the word consistency. The question for Avila, who turned 25 this past week, is whether he'll be able to consistently be the player he was last season. Manager Jim Leyland announced before last season that Avila would be the everyday starting catcher and Avila did not disappoint. He hit .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs, earning...
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February 02, 2012  |  Discuss

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