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Game 2016.48: Tigers at A’s

Tigers have won 9 of 11, are 1 game over .500, and 2 back of Cle in the AL central. They won’t keep up this pace, but they could be average enough in an average division. Ausmus’ seat temp has been reduced from scalding to boiling, maybe even just hot at this point in time. […]
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 8 hours ago

Game 48 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics

Matt Boyd makes his first start of the season against Oakland's Jesse Hahn. The Detroit Tigers will be faced with some important decisions in the coming weeks, nearly all of which surround their starting rotation. Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey have posted subpar numbers this season -- which is putting it nicely, to be honest -- while young arms like Shane Greene and Daniel Norris offer a bit more promise. Add in back-to-back gems from rookie Michael Fulmer, and the cries for substantial rotation changes have escalated to a dull roar. Matt Boyd can make them deafening. The 25-year-old...
Bless You Boys 17 hours ago

Detroit Tigers 4, Oakland A's 1 : Michael Fulmer was brilliant again

Michael Fulmer looks like the Tigers third best starter already. The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics are teams going in different directions, yet both are seeking answers in their young starting pitchers. Two rookies tangled on Friday night in Oakland. Once again, Michael Fulmer was superb, building on his outing five days ago with another dominating performance to lead Detroit to a 4-1 victory. Fulmer picked up right where he left off. He cruised through three innings with no trouble. The A's were aggressive and Fulmer had them off-balance all night,mixing his fastballs as the A's...

Game 2016.47: Tigers at A’s

Tigers find themselves only 3 games out of first in the crowded AL Central. Should be a fun weekend. Who’s staying up late? Baseball-Reference game preview here. 1. 2B Ian Kinsler 2. RF J.D. Martinez 3. 1B Miguel Cabrera 4. DH Victor Martinez 5. 3B Nick Castellanos 6. LF Justin Upton 7. CF Cameron Maybin […]

MLB draft 2016: Surveying the Tigers' minor league catcher depth

The Tigers have a host of solid defenders behind the plate in their farm system, but few with any high-end upside. The 2016 MLB draft is fast approaching, so it's high time we start ramping up our coverage of this much-ballyhooed (not really) event. Before we start profiling the prospects who could be on the Detroit Tigers' radar for the No. 9 overall pick, we need to survey what currently lies in the team's farm system. Not every minor leaguer will be analyzed, but even those with a modicum of major league upside will make an appearance. First, the catchers. Triple-A Toledo Miguel Gonzalez...

Game 47 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics

Michael Fulmer and Sean Manaea, a pair of talented young starters, will face off for the first time. By some measures, Michael Fulmer has been the Detroit Tigers' best starting pitcher this season. And no, I'm not referring to his .750 win percentage (which ranks second to Jordan Zimmermann anyway). Of the six players that have started for the Tigers this season, Fulmer owns the lowest xFIP, at 3.15. His 28 percent strikeout rate also tops the group, and his 3.41 Deserved Run Average (DRA) is second to Justin Verlander. However, these stats aren't perfect. xFIP and DRA are somewhat reliant...

Tigers prospect Joe Jimenez promoted to Double-A Erie

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Hard-throwing reliever Joe Jimenez, one of the top prospects in the Detroit Tigers' farm system, has been promoted from High-A Lakeland to Double-A Erie. While the move has not been confirmed by the parent club or the SeaWolves' official Twitter account, Jimenez tweeted the good news on his personal account late Thursday evening. Considered by many to be the Tigers' closer of the future, Jimenez was utterly dominant in his short time with the Flying Tigers. He did not allow a run in 16 1/3 innings of...
Bless You Boys May 26, 2016

Tigers' Drew VerHagen placed on 7-day DL by Toledo for undisclosed injury

VerHagen was recently sent to Triple-A to work on some control and command issues. It's somewhat of a mystery at the moment, but Drew VerHagen has been placed on the seven-day disabled list by the Toledo Mud Hens. He was put on the DL to make room for left-handed pitcher Matt Crouse, who is subbing for lefty Matt Boyd, who is in limbo waiting to see whether he'll be sent to California for a spot start with the Detroit Tigers. VerHagen is traveling to Detroit to meet with the Tigers' team doctor, Stephen Lemos, for an MRI and an evaluation. With VerHagen's back issues in the past, that's the...
Bless You Boys May 26, 2016

Tigers' Alex Wilson is having trouble with runners on base

Wilson's numbers have taken a big drop when the bases are occupied. There were very few bright spots in the Tigers bullpen last season, but Alex Wilson was one of them. Though his addition to Detroit seemed like nothing more than an afterthought in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, Wilson wound up being one of the most reliable Tigers relievers in 2015. Wilson appeared in the third-highest amount of games among Tigers relievers last seasons and he pitched the most innings out of the pen. With this frequent usage came great numbers as well; Wilson ranked second in ERA, first in WHIP, and second in...

Tigers' Shane Greene strikes out 7 in rehab start with Mud Hens

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Durham Bulls 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box) Shane Greene was dominant in a 61-pitch rehab start with Toledo, holding the Bulls to four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Greene struck out seven of the 14 batters he faced, including a pair of Bulls to strand a one-out double in the second. The Mud Hens would lose their lead as soon as Greene departed, though. Drew VerHagen allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, and Drake Britton gave up three runs in the next inning to take the loss. Offensively, Chad Huffman...
Bless You Boys May 25, 2016

Tigers' Nick Castellanos 'frustrated' at being quick-pitched by Phillies

... nor that the umpire did nothing to stop it earlier in the game. DETROIT -- Almost every player will get quick-pitched at some point during his career. That doesn't make it any less of a lousy experience, as Nick Castellanos found out on Wednesday in the seventh inning. He wasn't the only teammate to take issue with the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff, either. At the time, Castellanos appeared to take issue with a called third strike that ended the seventh. J.D. Martinez was standing on second place after Miguel Cabrera had driven in an RBI single. The Detroit Tigers had a chance to...
Bless You Boys May 25, 2016

Anibal Sanchez's issues are becoming too great for Tigers to ignore

Sanchez's issues have become a troublesome trend. DETROIT -- It's no secret Anibal Sanchez's starts have been a disaster this season. Continuing work has not shown progress. Whatever he and the Detroit Tigers have been tinkering with, it's not working. The Sanchez that the team and fans have seen in the past hasn't shown up. Flashes of it, sure, but not for any prolonged length of time, and at some point the team is going to need to reassess his role if he doesn't turn it around. It's "only" May, but June is nearly here. That "at some point" may need to come sooner rather than later if the...
Bless You Boys May 25, 2016

Phillies 8, Tigers 5: Anibal Sanchez's rough start, sloppy defense sinks Detroit

The offense had their chances, but couldn't do enough to overcome the bullpen and an imploding Sanchez. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez is still in desperate need of repair. Or more. Once again he couldn't cut it and the Detroit Tigers tried to extend his outing just a little too far. The offense couldn't string together enough key hits to outlast a rough bullpen outing, and the Tigers snapped their four-game winning streak, dropping an 8-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Once again, Sanchez had a couple of brief moments where he was solid, but then there were others where he imploded. He's...

Game 2016.46: Phillies at Tigers

Maybin and Cabrera are still putting on a show, Justin Verlander was in vintage form, and the Tigers have their brooms out for the Phillies. Since it is the day game after a night games, this will be a short one. Unless I can get Romine to give me a breather. Today’s lineup: Maybin, CF […]
Bless You Boys May 25, 2016

The Tigers' road trip may determine Michael Fulmer's short-term future

Also, Kinsler is still not feeling well and Ausmus is away for a death in the family. DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer has given the Detroit Tigers a surprisingly solid arm in the rotation, but even with an extra day of rest, Friday's start may determine whether he stays with Detroit. The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels have always been tough on even the aces of the Tigers staff, and with Shane Greene drawing closer to a return, Fulmer could be the odd man out. The off-day affords the Tigers some room in several respects. It gives the rotation an extra day in case they choose to move...
Bless You Boys May 25, 2016

Justin Verlander is throwing a cutter and it's nasty

Call it a hard slider if you want, but if it moves like a cutter, it's a cutter. Last year, just before the 2015 season spiraled into the void, I went to Toledo to watch the Toledo Mud Hens in an afternoon game. Specifically, I went to watch Justin Verlander pitch his final rehab start before rejoining the Tigers. There were some odd sights. A Tyrannosaurus Rex brought Verlander the ball for the game's first pitch. He (Verlander, not the T-Rex) wore a strange beige uniform with mock Velociraptor slashes across it. American Pharoah's Triple Crown winning performance in the Belmont Stakes was...

Game 46 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers

Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers go for the sweep against Phillies ace Aaron Nola. There aren't many opportunities in baseball where teams are "playing with house money," as the saying goes. Every game is important, especially in a division race as tight as the one shaping up in the AL Central. The Tigers have already won seven games on their nine-game homestand, and have pulled within three games of the division-leading Chicago White Sox. That the Tigers are still in fourth place shows how hotly contested this race will be. House money is what these Tigers are dealing with today, though, if...

Tigers prospect Shane Zeile's homer keys West Michigan Whitecaps victory

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Toledo Mud Hens 5, Durham Bulls 0 (box) The Mud Hens got to former Tigers farmhand Adam Wilk early, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Chad Huffman hit an RBI triple to get Toledo on the board in the first, while catcher John Hicks hit his second home run of the year in the second. The Mud Hens would tack on insurance runs later, but they would not be needed. Toledo starter Chad Bell was effectively wild, walking five in five shutout innings. The bullpen did the rest, allowing just one...

Tigers' Francisco Rodriguez celebrates 400th save with light-up shoes

Because how else would you celebrate your 400th career save? I can't speak for how awesome saving 400 games in a major league career would be, but I can tell you how good I feel when I have a fresh pair of J's on my feet. Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez got his hands on a fresh pair of kicks after save number 400 on Tuesday evening. A video posted by Omar Vizquel (@omarvizquel13) on May 24, 2016 at 7:17pm PDT Okay, so there are no Jumpmans here, but having your own '400' logo -- with Venezuelan flag on the front, naturally -- is pretty sweet too.

Game 2016.45: Phillies at Tigers

The Tigers have begun to win games again, and their turnaround coincided with the arrival of Cameron Maybin. the focus of much of the current buzz about the Tiger team (the team is 6-1 since his return). His speed (his 4 stolen bases lead the team, and he flagged down a long warning track fly), […]

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