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Game 2014: 138. Tigers at Indians

Brad Ausmus is, no doubt, good at some things. Others, not so much. One of those others is nicknames: he referred to today’s starting pitcher as “The Lobber.” OK, I’m sorry, very bad nickname for a pitcher. I’m going with “Lobster.” You know I’m right. At any rate, if the Tigers hit like they did last night, it won’t matter much who is pitching. If they don’t...
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Game 2014.137: Tigers at Indians

Well here we go, it’s September Baseball, we’ve got the useful or not-so-useful bits up from Toledo, got the guys all inspired (or not so much?) after a talking to by Mr. Ausmus, and we’ve got a whole lot of AL Central between here and October. Cleveland has been the hot team in the Central of late, slowing down the previously hot Royals–almost, kind of, sweeping them (1...
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Game 2014.136: Tigers at White Sox

Baseball Reference Game Preview Rick Porcello vs. Jose Quintana Last night: Once again a rookie starter making his MLB starting debut comes through for the Tigers after a loss. Last time Lobstein, this time Ryan. Sigh of relief. And speaking of relief… sigh. Not “Cy.” Some job by the hitters in the top of the 9th to help Nathan and all of us breathe easier. Good job by the...
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Game 2014.135: Tigers at White Sox

Baseball Reference Game Preview Kyle Ryan vs. Chris Bassitt Ryan for DET and Bassitt for CHW will each be making their MLB debuts tonight. I don’t have the patience to wait for the lineups, so I’ll throw out some guesses as to the changes. Avila will be back at C, of course. Romine at SS, Carrera in CF, Kelly at 3B, J.D. in RF, maybe? Something like that. Hunter might get rest...
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Game 2014.134: Tigers at White Sox

Baseball Reference Game Preview Max Scherzer vs. Chris Sale Huh? What? What are they doing starting so early? More later…
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Game 2014.133: Tigers at White Sox

Baseball Reference Game Preview Justin Verlander vs. Scott Carroll Detroit closes out August and begins their next to last road trip before a home-heavy September with four against the Sox in Chicago, including a Saturday makeup doubleheader (and so far the doubleheaders haven’t doubled our pleasure). The team has yet to put up a calendar month below .500 – let’s see if they...
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Game 2014.132: Yankees at Tigers

Derek Jeter – I’ve enjoyed watching you play for the past twenty years. Best of luck with whatever is next. Drew Smyly has allowed fewer runs in 5 starts with the Tampa Bay Rays than David Price allowed last night in the 3rd inning. In no way would I go back and unwind that deal. I loved it then and I love it now. But baseball is a funny game, and there are a lot of intangibles...
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Game 2014.131: Yankees at Tigers

71-59, 1.5 games behind, .5 WC games back. Last night’s win was a real, professional win. 5-2 is a score that seems like an appropriate margin for a good, but not obnoxious, team. If the San Antonio Spurs played baseball, they would win most games 5-2. Ricky P was phenomenal, again, scattering 9 hits over 8 innings and walking none. He’s only allowed 8 walks in his last 10 starts...
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Game 2014.130: Yankees at Tigers

70-59, 2nd place, 1.5 games back, .5 WC games back. Lots of teams to watch these days. I gotta admit, it’s hard to find the motivation to prepare for this series. The Tigers have been in a three month tailspin, peppered with just enough respites to keep hope on life support. You know, one of the DTW posters (can someone remind me) used to do a nice write-up every 18 games, calling...
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Game 2014.129: Tigers at Twins

Torii had said last week that he felt there was a lack of energy on the team, but that last night was different: “We had to go out there and come with a little more fight,” Torii Hunter said. “We lost the last two and we lost big. Those guys are taking first and third, stealing bases. So today, we played a little harder, and I could see it.” So instead of facing a disastrous...
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Game 2014.128: Tigers at Twins

Well, we got to see most of the Mud Hen pitching staff that first game, so that saves a drive to Toledo. Lobstein wasn’t bad, really: 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings. Not that it mattered by that point. Tonight, Justin Verlander returns after missing a start with a not-damaged shoulder. It will be interesting to see if they’ve got him on a short pitch count. On the one hand, that would...
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Game 2014.127: Tigers at Twins

Well, that may have been the low point of the season. Today, we get to see what the Tigers are made of. We may not want to know the answer to that one, but it will come regardless. The Tigers play two today, sending young Buck Farmer out for the opener to try to slow down Adrian Peterson and the Twins. Detroit returns Robby “Don’t Look At How Fister Did Last Night” Ray and...
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Game 2014.126: Tigers at Twins

It’s hard to find words to describe last night’s game: not David Price’s gem, not the scoreless wonders on offense. Perhaps I should just run the latest teaser from the cult classic Unlawfully Married. Although if I did have words, I’d have “bravo” for Price, and a couple others for Rajai Davis for the failed bunt followed by the GIDP with runners on 1st or 2nd, and for...
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Game 2014.125: Tigers at Rays

Baseball Reference Game Preview David Price vs. Alex Cobb GREAT game last night. There’s something to be said for dinosaurs and pitchers written off as perpetual #5 starters. Not only did Ricky P toss his third complete game shutout of 2014 (a feat that has never been accomplished before in baseball’s 900-year history), but he was also part of a couple nicely turned plays where...
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Game 2014.124: Tigers at Rays

Baseball Reference Game Preview Rick Porcello vs. Jake Odorizzi Don’t mind me, just throwing this up early in case I work late tomorrow and/or the random word generator breaks down again. Carry on. Say, how about some lineups, early birds?
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Game 2014.123: Tigers at Rays

Baseball Reference Game Preview Max Scherzer vs. Chris Archer Things aren’t going well for the Detroit Tigers these days. Not only are they not playing well as a team, but in addition to the DL-injured Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria, and the non-DL injured Justin Verlander, now speed demon and dropper of fly balls Rajai Davis is day to day with a bruised thumb. Sunday’s 8-1...
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Game 2014.122: Mariners at Tigers

Gotta win series’ at home. A few thoughts on last night’s game (repost from yesterday’s thread) A few questions about the Vince/SL exchange above [regarding Nathan coming out for the 9th]. 1) If Price doesn’t struggle in the 8th, does Ausmus bring him out in the 9th? Let’s say he’s at 100 pitches after a quick 8th. I feel that the right move would be to bring him back...
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Game 2014.121: Mariners at Tigers

If the playoffs started today, the Tigers would be swinging and missing at golf balls, not baseballs. Game Preview Here. Ian Kinsler, 2B Ezequiel Carrera, CF Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, 1B Torii Hunter, RF J.D. Martinez, LF Nick Castellanos, 3B Alex Avila, C Eugenio Suarez, SS
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Game 2014.119: Mariners at Tigers

The scorching hot Mariners roll into the D tonight, winners of 4 in a row and 8 out of their last 10. In fact, the Mariners are 9-3 in the Austin Jackson era, and he recently accounted for all 4 RBIs in a 4-2 Mariners win. The Tigers counter with an impressive streak of their own, having won 2 in a row, 2 out of their last 6, and 3 out of their last 9. What looked like an innocuous...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.119: Pirates at Tigers

It was a heartwarming scene as young Buck Farmer, almost fresh from A ball, took the mound last night with friends and family cheering him on. Buck did a reasonable job, keeping the Tigers in the game through 5 innings. After the game Farmer was optioned to Toledo, and RHP Melvin Mercedes was recalled. You’ll remember that Buck was brought up from AA Erie, so the demotion to Toledo...
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Game 2014.118: Pirates at Tigers

Tonight it’s young Buck Farmer who takes the mound and tries to stop the bleeding.  Farmer began the season with the West Michigan Whitecaps (A) and put together a 10-5 record with 2.60 ERA and a 1.109 WHIP. He was moved up to Erie recently and had two starts there (1-0, 3.00, 1.167). Farmer throws strikes: he has struck out 127 this season against only 28 walks. The news on Justin...
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Game 2014.117: Tigers at Pirates

OK, looks like even Nature has our number; the hoped-for rainout was not to be. As far as what happened afterward, Verlander couldn’t make it past the first inning, the new guys did what new guys do, and the pitching staff–supposedly the strong point of the team–is in full freak-out mode, though the skipper remains calm. I watched all 19 innings of the Toronto game, but couldn’t...
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Game 2014.116: Tigers at Pirates

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m still exhausted from last night’s game, and the disappointing road trip as a whole. I can imagine how some of the players feel this morning. The road trip finally comes to a close with two in Pittsburgh, the front end of an unusual 4-game home and away match up with the Pirates, as the Tigers cling to a dwindling 1/2 game lead over the...
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Game 2014.115: Tigers at Blue Jays

Baseball Reference Game Preview David Price vs. Mark Buehrle
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Game 2014.114: Tigers at Blue Jays

Baseball Reference Game Preview Max Scherzer vs. Marcus Stroman
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