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Game 2014.102: Tigers at Angels

This series sure did turn quickly. Baseball-Reference Game Preview. Prediction: if the Tigers don’t score more than 1 run, they will not win. Avila and Hunter with the day off vs. the lefty Santiago. Go get us a win, Jud. 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. J.D. Martinez, RF 6. Nick Castellanos, 3B 7. Eugenio Suarez...
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Game 2104.101: Tigers at Angels

Tonight’s game is the kind that you imagine used to make Justin Verlander salivate with anticipation. Road game against a potential playoff foe, opposed by a hittable rookie out of Eastern Michigan. Unfortunately, the way things have gone this year, I think we’re all hoping JV is concentrating on his arm angle, or release point, or landing point, or some other what we thought...
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Game 2014.100: Tigers at Angels

Great win last night. It felt great to get the opener on the road in Anaheim. Like many of you not named Jud, I did not stay up for the entire game. I fell asleep with the Tigers up 6-3, but the Angels threatening with a 1st and 3rd no out situation in the bottom of the 8th. Remember that, 1st and 3rd, nobody out. Around 1 am I was woken up by one of my freeloaders (my wife calls...
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Game 2014.99: Tigers at Angels

56-42, 1st place, 6.5 games up.
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Tigers trade for Soria

According to multiple outlets – Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson are headed to Texas.
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Game 2014.98: Tigers at Diamondbacks

For those of you who could stay up long enough, you probably wish you hadn’t, although pretty much the whole game took place in the 8th inning. In the top of the 8th, the Tigers blew not one but two opportunities with a runner at 3rd and less than two outs. The first was when Kinsler was caught in the dreaded Run On Contact play. I wish I had numbers for how often that fails; it...
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Game 2014.97: Tigers at Diamondbacks

For those of you who couldn’t stay up quite that long, and who don’t read newspapers or internets or such, the Tigers started their trip out west with a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, as Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter continue their torrid July. Torii just turned 39 and is doing it in style; leading the team in BA (.365), OPS (1.077), HR (5) and RBI (19) for the month...
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Game 2014.96: Tigers at Diamondbacks

Gear up Night Owls, the Tigers are off on a 7-day Western jaunt, starting with three in Arizona tonight. Scheduled times/starting pitchers for the road trip: Detroit at Arizona: Mon Jul 21 9:40  Verlander vs Nuno (L) Tue  Jul 22 9:40  Porcello vs Anderson Wed Jul 23 3:40  Sanchez vs Cahill Detroit at LA Angels Thu Jul 24 10:05  Scherzer vs Richards Fri  Jul 25  10:05  Smyly...
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Game 2014.95: Indians at Tigers

Baseball Reference Game Preview Josh Tomlin vs. Drew Smyly for the Sunday day game. Exactly two months ago, The Bad Times began with three losses in a row to the Indians. Astonishing losses, really. Just like the last three. Offenses sputter. It happens. Big name, big money closers fail. This also happens. One situation is more dire than the other. What to do with Joe Nathan has...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Games 2014.93-94: Indians at Tigers

Baseball Reference Game Preview Makeup doubleheader today, Cory Kluber vs. Drew VerHagen in the 1 o’clock game and Zach McAllister vs. Max Scherzer in the 7 o’clock reprise. The outlook for seeing Joel Hanrahan as a Tiger some time in 2014 has not improved. The rumors surrounding the acquisitions of Joakin Soria or Joaquin Benoit are heating up.
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Game 2014.92: Indians at Tigers

Baseball Reference Game Preview Trevor Bauer vs. Anibal Sanchez tonight. Victor is back in the lineup. Andy Dirks won’t be back for a while longer than a while. The Tigers went back to the Draw-ing board and ended up with two Drews: VerHagen will make his MLB debut in the Saturday doubleheader.
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.91: Tigers at Royals

53-37, 1st place, season high 16 games over, season high 7 1/2 games up. Verlander v. Bruce Chen this afternoon, 2:10PM EST start. 1. Jackson, CF 2. Kinsler, 2B 3. Cabrera, 1B 4. Martinez, DH 5. Hunter, RF 6. Castellanos, 3B 7. Avila, C 8. Suarez, SS 9. Davis, LF
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DTW Site Update (July 13 edition)

So far we’ve raised nearly $500. Thank you everyone for your donations. That gets us about 1/2 towards paying off the site work. So if you haven’t yet donated, we’d love your support. To make this easy, I’ve generated four payment links. Click here to donate $10. Click here to donate $25. Click here to donate $50. Click here to donate $100. If you want to donate less...
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Game 2014.90 Postgame: Tigers 5, Royals 1

Solid win all the way around. The game followed suit for a lot of Det/KC games this year until the Tigers’ outburst in the 9th.  That’s 6-0 in KC this season, as the Royals are this year’s 2013 Indians. Three stars: 1) Rick Porcello – he was dealing again. Only 6 hits in 7 IPs, but he did walk 3. Two of the baserunners were erased on double plays. 2) JD Martinez – leading...
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Game 2014.90: Tigers at Royals

52-37, 1st place, 6.5 games up. Jayson Stark posted his first half award winners today over on ESPN (you need Insider) and I thought there were several interesting items from a Tigers perspective. 1) VMart and Ian Kinsler were both mentioned in the AL MVP after-Trout-thoughts. Kinsler having a good year, but the more I thought about it, he’s having a great year. He’s projecting...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.90 Postgame: Tigers 2, Royals 1

These last two wins have been impressive. The night after the Tigers put up a season high in runs scored, they beat the Royals 2-1 behind a masterful performance from Sanchez and a good enough one from the bullpen. Though Sanchez gave up 8 hits, he didn’t walk a single batter, and twice stranded runners at 2nd with less than 1 out. Joba and Nathan did a good job of emptying the...
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Game 2015.89: Tigers at Royals

Last night was fun. But it’s just one win. Back to work today. The most interesting news today is a direct result of the injury tarantula which has stung the Texas Rangers over and over, and likely makes them big sellers over the rest of the month. Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi is reporting that the Tigers have express interest in Joakim Soria. Soria was injured all of 2012 and...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.88: Tigers at Royals

Standings Update Det     50-37     – KC      47-43     4.5 Cle     44-46     7.5 CWS   44-48     8.5 Min    41-49     10.5 AL Standings Oak     57-34     – Det     50-37     5 Bal     49-41      7.5 (yes, Baltimore. Is anyone paying attention to this) The Tigers are off to Kansas City for the final 4 before the All Star break. BRef preview here...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014: 87 Dodgers at Tigers

It’s always relaxing to watch one of those never-in-doubt games, but it’s even more fun to watch a game that starts out doomed, becomes a game again, and ends a never-in-doubt romp. I was the last person who thought that there would be any coming back from the 5-run Justin “Don’t Call Me Bonderman” Verlander first inning, especially after struggling to score runs against...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.86: Dodgers at Tigers

Better late than never, right? As Justin Verlander said. Sometimes real life can annoy. I can count on one hand the number of times I saw a team go into the bottom of the 1st with a 5-0 deficit, and have the question come up a few innings later: are they violating unwritten rules by stealing bases? (Anybody but Torii “The Smile” Hunter, and somebody is getting plunked). Two quick...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.85: Rays at Tigers

David Price vs. Rick Porcello tonight. This is your typical pitcher’s duel setup, meaning that the final score will be 9-8 or something. Game preview Detroit Tigers on BBREF or MLB Tampa Bay Rays on BBREF or MLB Let’s be fair. In spite of a couple eggs laid just lately (and not goose eggs), the starting rotation has carried (and dropped, and carried again) the Tigers...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.84: Rays at Tigers

Chris Archer vs. Anibal Sanchez today. Game preview Detroit Tigers on BBREF or MLB Tampa Bay Rays on BBREF or MLB TODAY’S LINEUPS:  Sorry, Ray. This is a Tigers blog. Victor is out, yup and (long-term) uh-oh. The Lettuce is in and Ajax is back at leadoff, cue fan outrage. But Davis is in LF today and may distract us, positively speaking. NOTABLE (PREGAME): Last night can...
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Game 2014.83: Rays at Tigers

Hurray for all the good citizens and inhabitants of this fine country, past and present. Hurray for all the champions and defenders of American liberty, now and ever.  Hurray for freedom and civil society. Hurray for making the most of it and making it better. For everyone. Except for assorted criminals and saboteurs, such as the Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Cobb vs. Drew Smyly tonight...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.82: Rays at Tigers

                              Erik Bedard vs. Max Scherzer Game preview Detroit Tigers on BBREF or MLB Tampa Bay Rays on BBREF or MLB Team comparison: The Rays are stronger in the OF, at 3B, and in the bullpen, but are otherwise overmatched. DETROIT HITTING RE24/WPA – PITCHING RE24/WPA DETROIT RECENT HITTING – RECENT PITCHING TAMPA BAY HITTING RE24/WPA –...
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Game 2014.81: Athletics at Tigers

So much to talk about. We could start with Rick Porcello, who finds himself in serious All-Star starter contention after posting his second consecutive complete game shutout.  His four hit gem yesterday saw first pitch strikes to 24 of 31 batters, and extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings. Porcello had 0 Ks and 0 walks last night, the first time that has happened in a CG shutout in...
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