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Grand Rapids Press May 24, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starting in LF in place of Justin Upton

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starting in LF in place of Justin Upton

Upton will sit out a second consecutive game due to right quad tightness. DETROIT -- Justin Upton will sit out a second consecutive game after being a late scratch from the lineup Monday night. Mike Aviles will start in left field in place of Upton tonight when the Detroit Tigers play the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a three-game series. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is starting at catcher in place of James McCann. Saltalamacchia is batting .320 (8 for 25) with three doubles, three home runs and five RBIs against right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who is...
Grand Rapids Press May 23, 2016
After scratch, Tigers' Justin Upton day-to-day with tight right quad

After scratch, Tigers' Justin Upton day-to-day with tight right quad

Upton did not play in Mondays 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. DETROIT -- For the first time since his hailed offseason signing, Justin Upton did not take an at-bat with the Detroit Tigers. Upton was scratched approximately 90 minutes before the Tigers' 5-4 win Monday over the Philadelphia Phillies due to tightness in his right quad. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Upton, who played just two and a half innings Sunday in a win over Tampa Bay, is officially listed as day-to-day, meaning he could be available Tuesday. "Nothing major," Ausmus said. "We just...
Grand Rapids Press May 14, 2016
Tigers lineup: Justin Upton gets third consecutive start in center field

Tigers lineup: Justin Upton gets third consecutive start in center field

Steven Moya will start in left field for the Tigers. BALTIMORE -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is sticking with his new outfield alignment for the third consecutive day. Justin Upton will start in center field and Steven Moya in center again for the Tigers in the third game of their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Here are the lineups: Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. J.D. Martinez, RF3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. Victor Martinez, DH5. Nick Castellanos, 3B6. Justin Upton, CF7. Steven Moya, LF8. James McCann, C9. Jose Iglesias, SS Baltimore...
Grand Rapids Press May 12, 2016
Tigers lineup: Steven Moya in left field; Justin Upton in center

Tigers lineup: Steven Moya in left field; Justin Upton in center

There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which might explain the willingness of Brad Ausmus to give Upton a shot center. BALTIMORE -- The Detroit Tigers did not promote outfielder Steven Moya to sit on the bench. Moya will start in left field and bat seventh tonight when the Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Upton will make his first big-league start in center field. There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which...
Bless You Boys May 12, 2016

Steven Moya won't save the Tigers, but he might be able to help

While Moya will probably strikeout a lot, his ability to hit for massive power could help against right-handed pitchers. Going into 2016, the Detroit Tigers were supposed to be set in the corner outfield department with two All-Stars in J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton manning right and left field, respectively. Sadly, that hasn't worked out so far. Martinez and Upton have combined to be worth -0.9 fWAR, and are both at the bottom of the totem poll in wins above replacement among Tigers who have played more than 11 games. Enter Steven Moya. On Thursday, the Tigers optioned a seldom-used...
Grand Rapids Press May 12, 2016
Report: Detroit Tigers to promote Steven Moya

Report: Detroit Tigers to promote Steven Moya

Moya leads Toledo in basically every offensive category this season. He is hitting .310 (39 for 126) with 11 doubles, nine home runs, 24 RBIs, a .627 slugging percentage and a .968 OPS. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that he has been considering giving struggling left fielder Justin Upton a day off. It appears the Tigers are promoting someone to start that game in his place. The Tigers are promoting outfielder Steven Moya from Triple-A Toledo, according to John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. Wagner said the Tigers are sending Blaine Hardy to...
Bless You Boys May 5, 2016

Tigers fans can trust in Justin Upton's inconsistency

It was an ugly start, but Upton's track record assures that the reckoning for pitchers will soon be at hand. You may have heard by now that the most consistent thing about newly-maligned Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton is his inconsistency. One month he is cold as can be, and then he looks like one of the game's top five hitters for two months. It's freakish, and there is little explanation for his Jekyll and Hyde performance. Every hitter is streaky to one degree or another, but Upton takes the concept to an extreme. What is particularly striking is just how swiftly and...
Bless You Boys May 5, 2016

Victor Martinez is healthy and crushing baseballs again

A healthy Martinez is bad news for the rest of the American League. It is indescribably great for the Detroit Tigers to have a healthy Victor Martinez batting in the cleanup spot for them. When a hamstring issue kept him sidelined for a good chunk of spring training this year, the fanbase collectively cringed. Thankfully, Martinez returned in glorious form. He has picked up right where he ended 2014 when he finished runner-up for the American League MVP Award. So far this year he's hitting .341/.396/.625 with a wOBA of .433 and has been worth 188 wRC+. On top of that, he was recently named...
Bless You Boys May 5, 2016

Game 27 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Michael Fulmer takes on Cleveland's Trevor Bauer as the Tigers look to avoid a second consecutive sweep at the hands of the Indians. Regression to the mean is a natural part of baseball. Hot pitchers eventually come back to earth. Struggling hitters find a way to break out of slumps. As baseball statistics have evolved, we have gotten better at predicting which trends will continue and which are not sustainable. Stats tell us that Jordan Zimmermann probably won't finish the season with a 0.55 ERA, for example. One area where those stats have not yet touched is win-loss records, especially...
Bless You Boys May 5, 2016

Tigers prospect Matt Boyd throws 8 shutout innings in Mud Hens loss

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Gwinnett Braves 2, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box) Matt Boyd threw eight shutout frames as part of 10 (!) scoreless innings before Tyler Collins drove in the first run of the game in the 11th inning. After Bruce Rondon blew a save opportunity in the bottom of the inning, Braves top prospect Ozzie Albies drove in the winning run off Jeff Ferrell in the bottom of the 12th. Cameron Maybin was Toledo's lone offensive threat, reaching base three times in five plate appearances. Former Tiger Ian Krol notched the win...
Bless You Boys May 4, 2016

Indians 4, Tigers 0: Tigers shut out by Corey Kluber

The Tigers got Klubbed. Corey Kluber was the story of the night as he shut out the Tigers over nine innings for an old-fashioned pitching gem. Anibal Sanchez nearly matched the pace, but a mini-meltdown in the fourth inning allowed all four of the Indians' runs to score. Sanchez looked good outside of that inning, and ultimately lasted seven innings, striking out seven. The Tigers threatened in the second inning, loading the bases with only one out. But a forceout at home plate and a strikeout ended the threat. After that inning, the Tigers would only get a runner past first base one time....
Bless You Boys May 4, 2016

The Tigers' starting rotation has been a problem early in 2016

The Tigers' starting pitching ranks below average in almost every statistical area this season. From 2012 to 2014, the Detroit Tigers boasted one of the best rotations in baseball behind pitchers like Justin Verlander, David Price, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Doug Fister. Over those three seasons, the Tigers led all MLB teams with 2,725 strikeouts, a 3.35 FIP, and 61.2 wins above replacement (fWAR). However, things looked much different in 2015, as Price was traded, Verlander and Sanchez struggled, and Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene joined the club. As a result, the rotation fell on...
Bless You Boys May 4, 2016

What's wrong with Justin Verlander?

With a fastball that has been teed off of at times in 2016 and hitters no longer chasing out of the zone, Verlander needs to make adjustments in order to stay effective. Justin Verlander struggled mightily again on Tuesday. By allowing seven earned runs in five innings, the Tigers' presumptive ace raised his season-long ERA to 6.49. The general hope has been that Verlander is merely experiencing a bump in the road, and a 22.2 percent strikeout rate lends credence to the idea that sooner or later he's going to figure it out. However, there are troubling signs for Verlander going forward....
Bless You Boys May 4, 2016

Game 26 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Anibal Sanchez takes the mound looking for his second win in a row. Six days ago, the Anibal Sanchez threat level was approaching DEFCON 2. All was not lost after a rough start against the Cleveland Indians, but many fans were wondering if we were ever going to see the real Anibal Sanchez again. Well, sort of. Sanchez spun what some would consider his best start of the season, limiting the Oakland Athletics to two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine, and while he did allow a home run, the A's never really threatened at any point in the game. The only problem? Sanchez...
Akron Beacon Journal May 3, 2016

Indians 7, Tigers 3: Ryan Lewis’ 23 Walk-Off Thoughts on Francisco Lindor, Bryan Shaw, Josh Tomlin

Here are 23 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 7-3 win against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night. 1. There doesn’t seem to be much that Francisco Lindor can’t do. Tuesday night he went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored, was a triple shy of the cycle and made a terrific diving stop and throw to rob Justin Upton of a hit. 2. The home run was a 418-foot bomb to right field that extended the Indians’ lead to 7-2. He also doubled off the wall in right field. He’s said before the power isn’t a focus of his, but if it comes, then great. 3. Said Lindor,...

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