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Game 2014.18: White Sox at Tigers

Andre Rienzo vs. Drew Smyly in the penultimate game of the series. May the real Drew Smyly please stand up. No more talk about “rust,” now.  May the sweet swings of Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila continue, so that we can move to worrying about/picking on someone else for a change. May the bullpen not be plagued with sudden and retroactive elbow inflammations like they were last...
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Game 2014.17: White Sox at Tigers

With the loss out of the way and no Sale to face, the stage is set for Detroit (9-7) to be Detroit (12-7). Avila. Cabrera. J.D.Martinez. Panas on Porcello. To take our mind off the offense, let’s have a word on defense. And it will be words. I wish I had numbers, but I don’t yet have a handle on a good statistical presentation on defense. It will have to be anecdotal and observational...
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Game 2014.16: White Sox at Tigers

First of four against Chicago in Detroit, last of the homestand before Lazy April is over and the Tigers transition into a road-heavy month of May. But he’s a professional. Minus the quotes and below the Joba, this is the kind of postgame I aspire to. Well, maybe I like to cover a little more, but it’s cool to read something that makes you go both “That’s what I was thinking...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.15: LAA at Det

Happy Easter everyone. Hopefully you’re spending the day relaxing with family (or without – which may be the shorter route to relax). Porcello takes on Hector Santiago in the actual rubber match of the series. This is a rematch of a late July game last summer when Santiago was in a White Sox uniform. The Tigers took advantage of 5 BBs in 6 innings to score 6 runs (3 earned)...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.14: LAA at Det

Game 13 Postgame: Well, that sucked. Game 14 Pregame: You know, you gotta win series at home, so today is the linoleum game of the series if they are gonna have a chance at winning the series. Rationally, if you’re going to lose a game, it may as well be their 1 v. your 5. Smyly was in trouble early, as he got out of a runner on 3rd 1 out situation in the first before the floodgates...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.13: LAA at Det

Tigers made a move today to replenish a worn out bullpen, by bringing up righty Justin Miller from Toledo and sending down Tyler Collins. Since they have 10 games left on this home stand, and Collins has to stay down for 10 days, Miller should get a nice audition before the Tigers have to think about making another move. 1. Kinsler, 2B 2. Hunter, RF 3. Cabrera, 1B 4. Martinez, DH...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.12: Postgame – Indians 5, Tigers 7

Detroit Tigers: 7-5, 1st place AL Central (up .5) The Tigers save the split in the abbreviated two-game series with Cleveland Thursday, winning 7-5.  The game seemed frantic at times–between the two teams there were 19 hits, 5 errors, and 5 stolen bases–but Detroit went home with the W. Thumbs down: Alex Gonzalez. His bat continues to wither (.167) and his arm was errant. Justin...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.12: Indians at Tigers

Game 11 Postgame: Indians 3, Tigers 2 Wednesday night’s game started off badly, then looked better, then looked even better, then ended in a somewhat disappointing fashion. Anibal Sanchez averted a near-disaster after starting the game with back-to-back-to-back walks (the Research Department tells us he has only given up 10 leadoff walks his entire career; it is holding out on...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.11: Indians at Tigers

Despite a division lead that was as big as 8 1/2 games in September, the Tigers ended up barely edging out the Cleveland Indians by one game–this despite the fact that Detroit owned the Indians themselves, putting up a remarkable 15-4 record against their rivals. The much anticipated rematch of last year’s Central Division contenders had to wait until today, due to snow, rain...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Postgame 10: Padres 5, Tigers 1

SOUP DU JOUR Coleman April 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm [edit] We need to get Kelly back in the lineup. This Cabrera guy is killing us. Chase Headley was wearing his stone glove again, and that lent a wee bit of excitement to the top of the 9th, but otherwise, if you saw the 4th, you saw the game. Tigers had momentum, Max Scherzer gave it right back. Scherzer had a better day at the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

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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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Postgame 9: Tigers 6, Padres 2

SOUP DU JOUR Vince in MN April 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm [edit] What makes you think Avila can hit the hittable pitches? Ah, now there’s a win for ya. Time for the postgame. You saw it and reacted. Now you’ve had a chance to reflect and hopefully have more to say. Have at it. But I’ll go first. RANDOM NOTES: Not a good idea, the pickoff throw from C to 1B that allowed the steal...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 9: Detroit Tigers at San Diego Padres

Howdy, friends and neighbors. The Tigers (5-3) try to get back on the righteous path tonight against the Padres (4-6), with our hero Justin Verlander carrying the bulk of our hopes for putting up a W to counter the L. He’ll be facing Ian Kennedy, who has the possible misfortune of facing a lineup thoroughly outdone the day before. Or the good fortune of extra motivation due to...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Postgame 8: Padres 6, Tigers 0

SOUP DU JOUR jud April 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm [edit] Hey Rod its not his left knee its his left head!! Kevin in Dallas April 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm [edit] Cashner’s stuff tonight is fantastic. First pitch strikes, working the bottom of the zone. He makes it look easy. A fine reenactment of a 1984 World Series game, except for the mixup handing out the scripts. Two good things...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 8: Detroit Tigers at San Diego Padres

The Tigers (5-2) are in San Diego, where it’s always baseball weather, for three against the Padres (3-6). Rick Porcello makes the start for Detroit, facing Andrew Cashner. Obviously, not much history between these two clubs, but there was one famous series (famous if you’re a Detroit or San Diego fan, anyway) back in 1984. I followed the Tigers’ magical season game in and...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Postgame 7: Tigers at Dodgers

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Game 2014.6: Tigers at Dodgers

4-2, 1st place, .5 games up. Magic number is 155 (I think). I managed to catch the Crawford double right as I went to bed last night. Needless to say I didn’t sleep well. Sanchez v. TBD tonight. Someone please post the lineups. I’m traveling, so the post-game may be a little late. Interesting stat of the day: A Sanchez W today would be the first of the season for any of Verlander...
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14 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 5: Tigers at Dodgers

I’d like to start with a few thoughts on the first week. First of all, we got shorted by two games. Opening week off days are kryptonite to my baseball superman.The rain made things worse. Secondly, day games are awesome. Props to the Tigers’ scheduling powers that be. I love following as much as I can during the work day, knowing that I can re-watch at night. Thirdly. 4-1 to...
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14 days ago  |  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...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 4: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

It was a dark and rainy afternoon, and the Tigers continued their winning ways, cruising to a 10-4 victory over Baltimore. The highlight of the game of course was Miguel Cabrera’s 2-run home run in the 8th inning, which also just happened to be his 2,000th career hit. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Mel Ott, Joe Medwick, Jimmie Foxx, Robin Yount, and Alex Rodriguez. That’s the short...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 3: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

Or is it Pre-Game? I’m never sure which way to go with that. At any rate, the Tigers will make another attempt at Game 3 of their perfect 162-0 season, which will include 81 walkoffs (or is it walk offs? walk-offs?), which is the max for that stat, as T Smith pointed out. Yesterday’s rainout means that Drew “Can’t Buy A Start” Smyly will be skipped in the rotation, and...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 3: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

Tigers go for the sweep today, with Anibal “The Third Tenor” Sanchez going up against some guy in a cap we’ll pretend is not an “unknown” rookie, just to be safe.  No, he’s a grizzled veteran with a long history of success against Detroit. He’s virtually unhittable and it’s probably not even worth trying. Kelly at 1B, Miggy’s gonna sit. That’s the ticket. The...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Postgame 2: Tigers 2, Royals 1 (10)

POST OF THE GAME: We’ll probably never know if Vince did that on purpose. 1: Scherzer was lost and a bit flustered. Hard to believe only 4 batters in this long inning. Billy Butler really did us a favor. 1: Jason Vargas did a number on Cabrera for the called third. 2: Collins comes in hard and leaves his feet for the catch, and Max is fired back to form – we hope. 2: Jackson...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 2: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

They’re back at it today, with lefty Jason Vargas opposing Max Scherzer. The last time these two teams faced each other in game two of a three-game series, it was another 2013 nail-biter pitched by a couple guys since departed for the NL. Ervin Santana (so glad he’s gone) stymied the Tigers as usual, while Doug Fister (not so glad he’s gone) was putting ‘em on (8 H, 4 BB...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss
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