2014: The 1st Inning (10-8)

While this is partly inspired by the old Sam Hoff season-as-innings feature, I’m not going to go into statistics too much, least of all cumulative team stats. No, I’m going to recap the games, because the games are what happened. (You might be surprised at how clearly you remember some of them.) I am, in fact, going to avoid too much summarizing of the “innings” in general...
Via Tigers Weblog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers lose top scout Mike Russell to Diamondbacks

The Tigers could lose impending free agents Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez this offseason, but there’s also this: Jason Beck of reports that Tigers top scout Mike Russell has accepted a job with the Diamondbacks, where he’ll serve as a special assistant to new senior VP of baseball operations De Jon Watson. Russell has worked for Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year without a championship, as one of the clearest teams in win-now mode fell short yet again. Now, with starting pitcher Max Scherzer and designated hitter Victor Martinez headed for free agency and the Kansas City Royals playing deep into the playoffs, there seems to be a train of thought emerging...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agents Every White Sox Fan Needs to Know

This offseason, many teams will be in the hunt for any of the “big three” free agents in Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields. The White Sox will not be one of them. As has been the case oft times before, the White Sox simply cannot compete on the free agent market with teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, and Red Sox. However, never fear, White Sox fans. There are some more...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What Would a Cole Hamels Deal Look Like?

This offseason, the Cubs have made it very clear that they intend on finding an established ace to headline a possible playoff contender in 2015. While many see the Cubs going the conventional route, looking at either James Shields, Max Scherzer, and/or Jon Lester. Conventionality hasn’t been the Cubs way. After the Cubs placed the lone claim on Cole Hamels in August, it became...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jason Hammel Return to Wrigley?

Like kids with sugar plums dancing in their heads, Chicago Cubs fans have visions of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and/or James Shields in their dreams. While the acquisition of any of the aforementioned would certainly go a long way towards improving the 73-89 club, it won’t be enough to solidify a team that hopes to be competing in 2015. Similarly, the Cubs have been looking at depth...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Face A Serious Decision This Offseason

This offseason, there are 3 premier free agent targets: James Shields, Max Scherzer, and Jon Lester. The general consensus around the baseball community agree that the Chicago Cubs should  be significant players this offseason for anyone out of the three. As of right now,  Jon Lester is considered the most likely option, but is he the best option? All three should go for around...
Via Sports Mockery
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Price tag for Detroit Tigers to keep rotation intact would be more than $100 million for 2015 season

About half the teams in Major League Baseball had payrolls of less than $100 million for the 2014 season. If the Detroit Tigers were to re-sign Max Scherzer and keep the rest of the rotation intact this offseason, they would almost certainly have more than $100 million invested in their starting pitchers alone for 2015. When Scherzer turned down $144 million for six seasons prior...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Max Scherzer hopes to remain in Detroit

After a quick exit from the playoffs, the Detroit Tigers enter the 2014 offseason with several tough decisions to make. One decision is whether the team will propose another long-term contract for starting pitcher Max Scherzer. #487474057 / gettyimages.comAccording to Jason Beck of, Scherzer is hopeful he will be able to stay in Detroit next season. When asked about his...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Turn to 2015 Following Early Playoff Exit

We’ve had about 48 hours to cool our jets following another disappointing Tigers playoff season, so all that’s left to do is turn to 2015. It’s only about 4 months before pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland, FL for Spring Training 2015, and between now and then GM Dave Dombrowski will have plenty to keep him busy. Before we dive in to specifics, the Tigers definitely plan...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
17 days ago  |  Discuss

With Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez free agents, Tigers face uncertainty

  There will be no extended October run for the Detroit Tigers, a talented team that might have peaked in the middle of May. After a 27-12 start, Brad Ausmus' first season as manager was a wobbly one. ''We started hot and got extremely cold,'' Ausmus said after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL Division Series by Baltimore. ''Seemed to be a bumpy...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Free Agency: Odds on Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez, Others Staying in Detroit

Will Victor Martinez be back in the cleanup spot for the Tigers next season? (Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports) An extremely busy and important offseason awaits Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, after his team was swept out of the ALDS by Baltimore. Dombrowski has never been shy to pull the trigger on a big trade, nor has he hesitated to throw money at free agents....
Via The Detroit Sports Site
17 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers became the first team eliminated from the divisional series round, getting swept in three games by the Orioles. That early exit is a surprise, but how Detroit lost the series shouldn’t be. The Tigers’ defensive and bullpen flaws were apparent throughout the season, as was their tendency to get shut down by presumably mediocre pitching. Those deficiencies were completely...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers face losing Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez to free agency

Celebrated Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski has a very difficult couple of months ahead of him. Not only is he faced with the annual questions about the state of his bullpen, but he could lose 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and 2014 AL MVP candidate Victor Martinez in free agency. Related: Orioles sweep away Tigers in ALDS The Tigers prepared for Scherzer’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer hopes to be back with Tigers in 2015

Scherzer "I do hope I'm back, love this clubhouse, love everybody in here, been in battle w/ everybody for 5 years, would mean a lot to me" — Jeff Riger (@riger1984) October 6, 2014 It might just be media talk, for the fans, for the Tigers fans who are already grieving, but I hope he’s being sincere — if Max Scherzer re-signs, I’ll feel a lot better about...
Via Detroit4lyfe
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Max Scherzer passed on lucrative extension

The Detroit Tigers head into Game 3 of the ALDS coming off a 7-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. Down two games to none, the Tigers try to get back into the series with David Price on the mound. The Tigers were second in the league in runs scored during the regular season, but only 24th in ERA despite a stellar season from Max Scherzer, who rejected a contract extension...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Rumors: Max Scherzer an option for NY

After suffering through a 2014 season with a decimated starting rotation, the New York Yankees might not wait long to reinforce that rotation for 2015. One of the biggest free agent pitchers once the postseason ends is current Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer. The Yankees have the money to attract him, and it appears that general manager Brian Cashman may try to do just that...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agents Every Cubs Fan Needs to Know

If you asked 10 Chicago Cubs fans who the biggest names in the free agency market were, the answers would remain consistent: James Shields, Max Scherzer, and most importantly, Jon Lester. It has been well documented that the Cubs should chase Lester, and the Cubs should be considered frontrunners for the southpaw’s services. However, there are far more names in this year’s market...
Via Sports Mockery
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Rout Tigers 12-3 In Game 1 Of American League Division Series

BALTIMORE — The way Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are hitting this season, it may not matter much who pitches for the other guys. Cruz and J.J. Hardy homered, and the Orioles hammered out 12 hits in defeating Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers 12-3 on Thursday in the opener of their American League Division Series. Rookie Jonathan Schoop had two hits...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles power past Tigers in Game 1, score eight runs in eighth inning

  Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy homered, and the Baltimore Orioles hammered out 12 hits in defeating Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Thursday in the opener of their American League Division Series. Rookie Jonathan Schoop had two hits and two RBI for the Orioles, who turned a close game into a rout with an eight-run eighth inning against Scherzer and three...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Game One Recap: Tigers Embarrassed, Lose 12-3

The Detroit Tigers headed into this game, and this series, as slight favorites over the Baltimore Orioles. By the time game one was done, Detroit was kadsghakdsghad. Here is how it all went down in Baltimore this evening. Chris Tillman was able to get off to a fast start for the Orioles bu striking out the side in the first inning, all on swings and misses. Tillman was consistently...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Postseason Leadoff: Scherzer and the Tigers look to ground the O’s in game one of the ALDS

The Tigers (90-72) head east to take on the AL East Champion Orioles (96-66) in game one of the ALDS from Baltimore. Detroit makes their fourth straight postseason appearance and became the first team to win four straight AL Central titles since the Cleveland Indians won five straight from 1995-99 while also leading the MLB in doubles with 325. All time one’s the Tigers are just...
Via The Majors Detroit
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera turns down playoff bonus from Tigers

Tweet   It’s not often you see a pro athlete turn down a potential six-figure bonus, but that is exactly what Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera did on Wednesday. Cabrera has said all season that his only focus this year is to win a World Series ring. Nothing else matters. On Wednesday, he put his money where his mouth is. Baseball players get bonuses depending on how far their...
Via Los That Sports Blog
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Free-agent-to-be Max Scherzer has shot at legacy

Like a tightrope walker reaching the platform, Max Scherzer can exhale now. He made it across. Working without a net this season, on a one-year contract he chose over a six-year, $144-million offer in the spring, Scherzer has been flirting with grenades all season. A serious arm injury, a major surgery, and he might have always wondered "what if?" Instead, Tigers fans...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Fat stacks for Mad Max this offseason?

Over the last two seasons Max Scherzer has been dominant, he stepped up and took over the ace role on the Detroit Tigers pitching staff as Verlander has continued to slump. The Tigers staff consists of Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello, and eventually David Price came along in a trade that sent Drew Smyly to Tampa Bay. Although Porcello and Sanchez were good almost...
Via On-Base Talk
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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