Game 2015.102: Tigers at Orioles

2016 starts as soon as Norris gets here. 1. Kinsler, 2B 2. Iglesias, SS 3. Cespedes, LF 4. Martinez V, DH 5. Martinez J.D., RF 6. Castellanos, 3B 7. McCann, C 8. Romine, 1B 9. Davis, CF
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David Price Traded

It’s not confirmed, but it looks like the Tigers are getting Daniel Norris and Anthony Alford. Norris is a flat out stud.
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Game 2015.101: Tigers at Rays

Despite long balls from Cespy and JD, both of which should have been home runs, the Tigers were again lackluster at the plate, this time matched by bad pitching, even from the normally stellar Price. That’s just how it’s going right now. Will today feature another good outing from Justin Verlander, with no hitting? Or will the bats come alive, only to be done in by an implosion...
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Game 2015.100: Tigers at Rays

Here we are at game 100. The first 80 went by fast; the last 20 seem to have taken all summer. David Price should feel right at home on the Tampa mound, in his last start before the trade deadline. The word now is that the Tigers are not going to be selling off anything, and may be buyers. Of course that may just mean that Dave Dombrowski is holding out for better offers. We shall...
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Game 2015.99: Tigers at Devil Rays

Yes, I know they are just the Rays now. But I reject the name change. All the Tiger brass are in Tampa to huddle together and figure out what to do. Hmm, maybe sell, maybe buy, maybe change our names and become captains of some sailing vessel with a really good Jimmy Buffet cover band. The Tigers did obtain a new bullpen arm. Oh wait, it’s Buck Farmer. No, no never mind, Buck is...
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Game 2015.98: Detroit at Boston

No movement on the trade front, but everything is pointing that way. Price’s agent told MLB Network radio that he’s not optimistic that Price will be in Detroit much longer. If you didn’t see it yet, the Royals (who are 10.5 games ahead of the Tigers, yes 10.5), picked up Johnny Cueto. Not that we were going to catch them, but they are the odds on favorite to win the AL now...
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Game 2015.97: Detroit at Boston

I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but if Alfredo Simon gives up less than 4 runs today it will be the first time since a miracle. His ERA over his last 7 games is 8.64, which somehow ranks him behind Verlander, Feliz, and Rondon, who could maybe combine to keep the LL WS team to under 5 runs in 7 innings, give or take a few runs. Lineups aren’t out yet, and I’m headed...
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Game 2015.96: Detroit at Boston

Look guys, let’s call it what it is. 2015 is not going to be a championship year and unless the Tigers make moves now, 2016 won’t be either. Ken Rosenthal is reporting today that David Price is unlikely to sign with the Tigers in 2016, and the Cubs are high on the list to sign Price in the off-season. So why not get some young talent in return for moving Baseball’s best pitcher...
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Game 2015.95: Mariners at Tigers

Last night was our turn to feast on a main dish of grand slam, with a tasty side of Mariner clown show. Today we get Price, and a decent shot at a two-game winning streak. He might need to go 10 though. The win last night went to everyone’s head, and Brad got all crazy and put McCann in against a right-handed pitcher for today. What the heck, if he can do that, I can push my luck...
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Game 2015.94: Mariners at Tigers

Last night could have been one of those wins; instead, it was just one more blowpen special. A nice time to change the channel would have been after the majestic JD Martinez home run, a 467 foot shot to center. JD, Iglesias, and McCann have been fun to watch this season. Today’s No Lead is Safe Lineup: Rajai Davis, CF Ian Kinsler, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF Victor Martinez, DH JD...
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Game 2015.93: Mariners at Tigers

It was nice to see a win for a change. Kinsler smashed a bat Sunday then swung a mean bat Monday, with the under-used James McCann providing the rest of the firepower needed. Alfredo Simon wasn’t good, but he wasn’t a disaster (sell high! well, relatively high), and the bullpen was, dare I say, good. After the game Kinsler put in his plea to not give up on the season. Chris Iott...
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Game 2015.92: Mariners at Tigers

Justin “Yeah But The First Couple Innings Were Good” Verlander got bombed, the Tigers dropped under .500, and now we have an Alfredo Simon start to look forward to. There’s not much more to say about Verlander’s pitching, so Steve Shrader reports that Kate Upton has been turning down Justin Verlander proposals, and things have gotten rocky there as a result. Looks like Kate...
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Game 2015.91: Orioles at Tigers

Last night’s loss was a great microcosm of why this team isn’t going anywhere. The O gets shut down way too often, and the bullpen is awful. Had it not been for an uncharacteristic first 6 weeks of the season, the bullpen would be the worst in the majors. I think this is equally on DD (lack of talent) and Ausmus (lack of management). It’s not going to get any better anytime...
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Game 2015.90: Orioles at Tigers

Good all around win last night. Sanchez was okay, don’t let the final line fool you. He gave up 10 H+W and benefited from a 1-14 RISP day by the Os. The Tigers only had 4 ABs with RISP, but when you hit 3 HRs, you’re gonna score a lot of runs. Tillman v. Price Tonight. Tigers Lineup: Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-18, double, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s) Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-8, 3 K...
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Game 2015.89: Orioles at Tigers

Well, the All Star break has come and gone, and the Tigers unfortunately find themselves in limbo, as they are not so far out of the race that it’s apparent to everyone that they need to sell, but this team simply isn’t going to compete with Kansas City, or much of the other elite AL teams for that matter. There’s a lot of talk about the next 10 days being crucial, and if they...
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Game 2015.88: Tigers at Twins

Normally I find the All-Star break irritating. Four days with no Tiger baseball! This year I think we could all use the break right now, after watching the Tigers get simonized yesterday. Today’s Worst Hitter Bats Fifth Again Lineup: Ian Kinsler, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF Victor Martinez, DH JD Martinez, RF Alex Avila, C Nick Castellanos, 3B Marc Krauss, 1B Anthony Gose, CF Jose...
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Game 2015.87: Tigers at Twins

The Eskimo languages, they say, have about 50 different words for “snow.” Tiger fans are going to have to coin some new words: “blowpen” alone is no longer sufficient to cover the myriad variations of ways the Tigers blow games this season. Last night’s version was literally unique: over the last 2 seasons teams went into the 9th inning with a deficit of 5 or more runs...
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Game 2015.86

Today’s Same Lineup Again Lineup: Ian Kinsler, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF Victor Martinez, DH JD Martinez, RF Alex Avila, c Nick Castellanos, 3B Marc Krauss, 1B Anthony Gose, CF Jose Iglesias, SS
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Game 2015.85: Tigers at Twins

The Tigers continue to keep their noses about the surface as they float along treading the .500 line. The did just have a good series though–they took 2-of-3 on the West Coast, and were an extra-inning loss away from a sweep. On top of that they did it without their best player, and are now 3-2 without Cabrera. It’s what good teams do. Are the Tigers a good team? They are supposed...
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Game 2015.84: Tigers at Mariners

Another game another day closer to .500. Jason Beck had some interesting thoughts on Ausmus’ late inning decisions last night. He’s not quite calling them into question, but the fact that he’s writing about it… Ryan down, Farmer up. Not sure if that helps or hurts one of the worst bullpens in the AL. TIGERS (career numbers off Happ) Rajai Davis, CF Yoenis Cespedes, LF ...
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Game 2015.83: Tigers at Mariners

Hello Friends - Nice win last night. Baseball is a long season. We just happen to be over 1/2 way done and it’s not looking so good. There’s still a lot of hope out there and Lynn Henning wrote today that the Tigers could chase Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, or Jorge de la Rosa. I have no idea what we would give up in return for a guy like these, and it pains me to even...
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Game 2015.82: Tigers at Mariners

Is it just me, or is Justin Verlander way the heck out of touch with reality? Here’s a quote from him yesterday: “There’s two ways that you can approach this. You can look at the fifth inning and think negatively. Or you can look at the rest of it and think positively.” … “Felt really good about it. It’s a shame that I kind of feel out of sync there in the fifth, but...
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Game 2015.81: Blue Jays at Tigers

The Tiger bats boomed again yesterday afternoon, which means that today they have a chance to be on the right end of the broom, which would be more than welcome after getting the business from Pittsburgh. The Blue Jays are not exactly known for their pitching, but they can score a lot of runs in a hurry, so another offensive outburst today would be useful. Especially as the Tigers...
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Game 2015.80: Blue Jays at Tigers

The diagnosis is in: Miguel Cabrera has a grade 3 calf strain, and is expected to miss 6 weeks. The good news is that Cabrera has no achilles damage and won’t require surgery; the bad newses are most of the summer without Cabrera and no real Plan B to replace him. The Tigers have called up Jefry Marte from Toledo, who is at .271 for the season, with 13 homers and 55 RBI, and has...
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Game 2015.79: Blue Jays at Tigers

Well, us fans aren’t the only ones who feel like something has to be done with this team. The front office started off by shaking up the bullpen. It couldn’t hurt, right? The Tigers brought up converted starters John Ferrell from Toledo and Drew VerHagen from AA Erie, and gave the boot to Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzellany (which leaves Hardy as the only lefty in the bullpen...
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