Joakim Soria and the Value of a Postseason Relief Ace

The Tigers, as they seemingly always do, have a bullpen problem. They rank 26th in the majors in bullpen ERA (4.37) and 25th in FIP (3.92), as Joe Nathan has been a disaster in the ninth inning, and Al Albuquerque, Phil Coke, and Ian Krol haven’t been very good at protecting leads before Nathan takes […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gwynn's death makes Tigers, MLB reassess use of smokeless tobacco

When I heard about Tony Gwynn's death last month, I thought about a story I had seen on 60 Minutes many years ago. It was about an 18-year-old high school track star named Sean Marsee who had used smokeless tobacco since he was 12. Marsee found a small sore in his mouth, which turned out to be cancer.  Doctors had to remove half of Marsee's tongue. Marsee also underwent...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers discuss which players in clubhouse would make good managers

If you ask the Detroit Tigers if they see any future managers in their clubhouse, you will get two common answers. First, everyone thinks Alex Avila will be good. Second, while they all have suggestions about which teammates would be great skippers, very few of them want to do the job themselves. The conversation started during a pregame discussion with Brad Ausmus. "I can&...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: projecting the 2015 opening day roster

The Detroit Tigers are resting comfortably atop the AL Central standings here at the All-Star break. Their 53-38 record is good enough for the 3rd best winning percentage in the big leagues, trailing only Oakland and the LA Angels. With a 6.5 game lead in the standings, the Tigers will begin working toward their inevitable October playoff date. GM Dave Dombrowski will almost assuredly...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Notes: Phil Coke has revived career

DETROIT -- Phil Coke has become a baseball Lazarus. The left-handed reliever's career appeared to be all but dead with the Detroit Tigers after April, when he had a 8.10 ERA. That rose to 9.39 in May, and it was still a gaudy 6.56 after giving up three runs to the Minnesota Twins on June 14. But since then, Coke has been about as good as it gets. In his last seven outings, Coke...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Alex Torres edition

Now in case you haven’t noticed or are just tuning in, you probably realize that the Detroit Tigers have issues when it comes to their bullpen. With the trading deadline just over a month away, the Tigers are going to have to make some moves to address these issues in order to take the next step and win a World Series title in 2014. Acquiring former Tampa Bay Rays and now San Diego...
June 25, 2014  |  1 Comment

Detroit 5, Cleveland 4 (10 innings): Tigers rally in extras after Joe Nathan blows another save

Justin Verlander pitched much better. Phil Coke maybe pitched the best he has all season for the Tigers. Coke gave up one hit with three strikeouts in the 10th to earn his first save of the season in a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night. Coke struck out left-handed hitters Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis. After giving up a single to switcher hitter Carlos Santana...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Battle with Boston's Ortiz could be turning point for Coke

DETROIT -- It could end up being a turning point for Tigers reliever Phil Coke.  Although the Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox Sunday night, Coke came into the game in the seventh inning with runners at the corners and David Ortiz at the plate in a 2-2 game. Coke battled Ortiz for seven pitches, finally getting him to fly out to center field on a 97-mile-per-hour fastball, ending...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

What should the Detroit Tigers do with Phil Coke?

The stat line is ugly. In 7.2 innings pitched so far in 2014, Phil Coke has an ERA over 9, he has given up 8 earned runs, and Saturday it was hard to watch Manager Brad Ausmus trust him with a 9 run lead. Of course he promptly gave up two runs and continues to […]
Via Detroit Sports 360
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Solving the Phil Coke problem

The Detroit Tigers biggest weakness they face so far this season is the issues of their bullpen with their biggest problem being what to do about relief pitcher Phil Coke. Last year, Coke finished with an ERA of 5.40 which was a career high for him. This year doesn’t look like it will get any better. Coke has an ERA of 13.50 in four innings pitched in just six games this season...
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

How will the Tigers use Phil Coke?

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are sticking with Phil Coke for now. The veteran left-hander gave up three runs in the ninth inning Tuesday night to the Chicago White Sox, who made it close after left-handed slugger Adam Dunn drilled a two-run homer off Coke with two outs. Coke has a 13.50 ERA and batters are hitting .400 off him, but he remains in the bullpen rather than being replaced...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Coke has great quote after giving up home run to Adam Dunn

Detroit Tigers reliever Phil Coke served up a great quote on Tuesday night after serving up a big home run to Adam Dunn in the 9th inning of Detroit’s 8-6 win. Coke came in to close out the game with an 8-4 lead. He struck the first two batters out, then allowed a double, single […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: what is the CUPCM stat?

Phil Coke entered Tuesday night’s win for the Detroit Tigers in the 9th inning with the simple job of holding the fort down as the team was sitting comfortably on an 8-3 lead. What better time to give the embattled lefty a chance to get some safe outs. Or not. Coke looked masterful in striking the first two hitters (Leury Garcia and Jordan Danks) out on nice sinking fastballs....
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Is there potential bullpen help for Tigers in Toledo?

TOLEDO, Ohio -- If Detroit's bullpen results don't improve, the Tigers will start bringing in others to try to get the job done. Those additions are likely currently pitching for the Toledo Mud Hens, who might be setting some kind of record by having seven left-handed pitchers on their staff. If you're thinking open auditions for Phil Coke's possible replacement,...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Is there potential bullpen help for Tigers in Toledo?

The Toledo Mud Hens might be setting some kind of record by having seven left-handed pitchers on their staff. If you're thinking open auditions for Phil Coke's possible replacement, you would be correct.
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Postgame 5: Tigers at Dodgers

1. Max was not sharp early. Lots of hits. Ks and double plays will fix that. He got into a groove in the middle innings and stayed there until the 7th. 2. Lots of weak outs vs. Haren. His stuff was good. I know we like to blame the Tiger bats, but sometimes you gotta give credit where its due. 3. We rarely see Cabrera with such weak swings and bad at-bats. Something is not right...
Via Tigers Weblog
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Phil Coke’s gotta go

For the Detroit Tigers, in a year of roster transition, it is paramount to have players on the roster that are of a ‘winning’ caliber. This sounds so obvious, yet somehow Phil Coke has masterfully eluded being cut from the Tigers for years. It’s actually somewhat hard to believe that this is Coke’s 5th season with the team. And in those five years he has had exactly one significant...
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pregame 5: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

Before this season started, a lot of Tiger followers predicted that this year’s Tigers would win more one-run games than last year (20-26). I don’t think yesterday was what they had in mind. There was a lot to like about yesterday’s game (how about that Donkey!), but almost blowing a 6-run lead conjures up the spectre of the dreaded blowpen. Evan Reed had a 2nd good outing...
Via Tigers Weblog
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Early signs positive for Tigers' Phil Coke after season of getting 'clobbered'

Phil Coke has been too important to the Tigers not to be important anymore. So all signs the lefty reliever can be a major contributor this season are welcome -- even if they're just early signs, as they've been so far. Coke threw his first live batting practice on Wednesday. For some established pitchers, the first such session is taken in stride. Throw your pitches,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top 10 Most Useless Milwaukee Brewers Items Currently For Sale

An extraordinary amount of quality Milwaukee Brewers merchandise exists out there for all of a fan’s compulsory collecting needs, but there’s also a lot of contrived crap that frankly, no one needs.  Heavily inspired by this hilarious post by “Phil Coke’s Brain” at Bless You Boys (SB Nation Detroit Tigers) from back in November, I used a bit of my seemingly endless time...
Via Brewers Bar
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Reportedly Listening to Offers for Austin Jackson; Coke Signs

DETROIT, Michigan – One day after the Detroit Tigers pulled the trigger on the biggest trade so far this MLB off-season, reports are surfacing that they may not be far from trading another large part of their lineup. Bob Nightengale from USA Today is reporting that the Tigers are listening to offers for CF Austin Jackson. Jackson, 26, has been the Tigers lead-off hitter for the...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers agree to non-guaranteed deal with Phil Coke

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a non-guaranteed, $1.9 million one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Phil Coke. The Tigers announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with Coke by agreeing to terms on a deal. If Coke makes the team and pitches in 60 games, he will earn a $50,000 bonus. He can get $50,000 bonuses for appearing in 65 and 70 games. He was 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers and Phil Coke Agree to One-Year Deal

The Detroit Tigers added Phil Coke to the list of players who will be with the team next season, signing a one-year deal the team announced on Twitter on Thursday. The #Tigers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Phil Coke. — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) November 21, 2013 Coke, a player with his own parody Twitter account and widely despised by most Tigers fans, did not...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers re-sign Phil Coke to one-year deal

One day after making a huge trade, Dave Dombrowski was back to work with a smaller move Thursday morning. The Tigers announced that they have re-signed left-handed reliever Phil Coke to a one-year contract. Coke had been eligible for arbitration. Coke finished 2012 as Detroit's postseason closer, replacing Jose Valverde, and his glove-hurling celebration as the Tigers won the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Coke agrees to 1-year contract with Detroit

The Detroit Tigers signed left-handed pitcher Phil Coke to a one-year contract today. Coke had been eligible for arbitration. In 49 games last season, he went 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA and had 30 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. He also appeared in six games at Triple-A Toledo and didn’t allow a run over six innings. In four seasons with the Tigers, Coke has compiled a 12-22 record and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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