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Bless You Boys 1 hour ago

Detroit Tigers costing themselves runs -- and wins -- with poor baserunning

Getting on base does no good if the Tigers can't stay there. It's as if the Detroit Tigers have forgotten how to play fundamental baseball. It doesn't take much to see the offense is struggling, its starting pitching is up and down, and most recently, the bullpen has been taxed. When they get on base, the offense can't stay out of its own way to stay there. The patient at-bats have all but disappeared. It's puzzling, and an answer for what's wrong with the team might not be easy to find. Two of those first three factors have predominantly been the result of spot starts, due to unpreventable...

Bruce Rondon gets hit hard in rehab outing for Toledo Mud Hens

Scores, news and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Friday, May 29, 2015. Indianapolis Indians 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box) A four-run sixth inning gave the Mud Hens a two-run cushion heading into the late innings, but Bruce Rondon gave it all back in a hurry. Rondon, who was pitching the first of scheduled back-to-back outings as part of his rehab assignment, gave up three hits and a run before even recording an out in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Rondon retired the next two batters he faced, but two runs came in to score, giving the Indians a 5-4...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 2 hours ago

Hernan Perez is hitting worse than a pitcher

After going hitless in three at-bats last night, Perez is now 2 for 33 this season. When Hernan Perez grounded into a double play to end the 2014 ALDS, Detroit Tigers fans bemoaned a lack of better pinch-hitting options on the bench. Perez, who hit for Andrew Romine against Baltimore Orioles lefthander Zach Britton, was one of two light-hitting options on the Tigers' bench at the time (the other was shortstop Eugenio Suarez). Nearly eight months later, not much has changed. Perez has spent most of the year at the end of the Tigers' bench, appearing in 22 of the team's 50 games. He has just...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 11 hours ago

Angels 2, Tigers 0: Bats remain asleep in Anaheim

The Tigers offense continued to struggle as they dropped their second consecutive game to the Angels. The Detroit Tigers have struggled to win in Anaheim in recent years, and their difficulties continued tonight, as they were shut out for the second time in 2015. The Tigers managed just four hits and four walks on the evening, wasting a solid start from Anibal Sanchez. After three scoreless innings, the Angels finally got to Sanchez in the fourth inning. Mike Trout singled with one out, but was caught stealing by James McCann with Albert Pujols at the plate. Sanchez gave up singles to...
Bless You Boys 13 hours ago

Alex Wilson's cow-milking technique needs work

This seemed to make sense. Alex Wilson went to Texas A&M. The A stands for agriculture. The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. This is a much closer tie to farming than, say, being named Buck Farmer. Wilson even had a large cowboy hat. He should have been a ringer! Nope! He probably should have asked David Price for a few pointers first. Though it should be noted Price lost last year, too, when the Rays were in town. Photo credit: Stephen Dunn/ Still, when it comes to pulling on cow underthings, Wilson's technique was clearly lacking.And that's how the Tigers managed...
The Detroit Tiger Weblog 18 hours ago

Game 2015.50: Tigers at Angels

Tigers got hammered last night. I should have taken the cue. Didn’t have high hopes with Buck Farmer on the mound, hopefully both teams got it out of their system. Come on, Sanchez.
Bless You Boys May 29, 2015

Alfredo Simon is keeping the Tigers in contention

Alfredo Simon is not the team ace, but he's certainly been pitching like he is. I'm not saying Alfredo Simon is better than David Price. I'm not even saying that Alfredo Simon is on his way to being better than David Price. The "ace" title implies, at least in part, a track record of consistent greatness that goes beyond occasional flashes of brilliance, even if those flashes last for several months. That being said, Alfredo Simon, by many peripheral and even non-peripheral statistics, is pitching like the Tigers' ace. For how long? Who knows. But for now, the man is pitching out of his...
Bless You Boys May 29, 2015

Justin Verlander's bubble blowing the only highlight to watch last night

The rest of the game Thursday night? Forget it! Your browser does not support iframes. Let's just ignore the lower left of the first frame and focus in on the enormity that is the bubble created by Justin Verlander last night. Coming on the heels of his sparkling simulated game, it looks like Verlander is in mid season form. The league better be on notice.

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson might be better than we thought

After a 2014 season many brushed off as a fluke, Wilson is posting even better numbers with the Tigers this season. When the Detroit Tigers acquired Yoenis Cespedes for Rick Porcello at the MLB Winter Meetings last December, pitchers Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier were viewed by many as "throw-ins" in a one-for-one deal. The Tigers viewed the trade differently, however, as Cespedes is not eligible to receive a qualifying offer after the season. Porcello would have been eligible, but he signed a four year, $82.5 million contract extension with Boston on April 7. Early returns on this trade have...

Raph Rhymes' home run lifts Flying Tigers to win over Mets

Scores, news and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Indianapolis Indians 10, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (box) Before yesterday's game, Ross Seaton had a 4.30 ERA and 11.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 innings with Single-A West Michigan. The Indians gave him a rude welcome to the International League, scoring seven runs on 10 hits in Seaton's five innings. The Mud Hens were able to keep pace in the first few frames, and ended the evening with five runs on 10 hits. Xavier Avery was a home run shy of the cycle and scored one of Toledo's runs, while Josh Wilson had...
Bless You Boys May 29, 2015

Angels 12, Tigers 2: A game to forget

The Los Angeles Angels shelled Buck Farmer and the Tigers' bullpen for 12 runs on 13 hits in Anaheim, defeating the Tigers, 12- 2. ANAHEIM-- Albert Pujols hit a line drive, two run homer off Tigers' starting pitcher, Buck Farmer in the first inning. Former Tigers' outfielder, Matt Joyce added his second home run in as many nights in the second inning, and the Angels' bats kept booming all night, scoring a total of 12 runs on 13 hits, defeating the Tigers 12- 2 in Anaheim. Farmer, who had allowed just one home run in over 51 innings this season in Toledo, was charged with seven runs on nine...

Game 2015.49: Tigers at Angels

The Tigers exploded for 3 runs yesterday, which was enough to hold off the A’s for a 3-2 victory and series win. 4 runs in 3 games isn’t the way I would have called it, but a series win is a series win. This doesn’t do much, however, to dampen the loud concerns regarding this […]
Bless You Boys May 28, 2015

The Tigers haven't missed Justin Verlander that much

Justin Verlander is inching his way toward throwing meaningful pitches. Are the Tigers going to be any better when he returns? Justin Verlander is one of the all-time great Tigers. You will not find me arguing against that fact. However, as of Thursday's win in Oakland, the Tigers find themselves with a record of 28-20. Without Verlander. That's a 94-win pace. Every single March if someone asked you if you would be happy with a 94-win regular season, you'd take it every year. They have held their own without their ace. Pitching is a tough profession. I get a sore arm playing dodgeball, so...

Tigers take solid road record to Los Angeles to face Mike Trout, Angels

After their series win against the Athletics, the Tigers are 14-8 away from Comerica Park this season. Many baseball fans consider the sabermetric revolution to be a thing of the past. The fight is over, the nerds have won, and nearly every front office in the game is knee-deep in analytics. The MVP voters, on the other hand, didn't get the memo. In 2012 and 2013, the "old school vs. new school" debate raged as baseball fans of all backgrounds took sides in the American League MVP race. Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout? The consummate slugger or the up-and-coming superstar? While most...
Bless You Boys May 28, 2015

Why is Miguel Cabrera hitting better during the day than at night?

Miguel Cabrera is hitting better in day games. MUCH better. Will his not-so-great night game numbers continue to be not-so-great? This has been a strange season for the Detroit Tigers so far. The team leads the American League in stolen bases, yet their speed has done nothing to keep them from leading the majors in hitting into double plays. Anibal Sanchez, who since coming to Detroit in 2012 has never given up more than 10 home runs in a season, has given up 11 home runs already in 2015. His ERA is an unsightly 6.12, and his peripheral numbers aren't much better. And then there is Miguel...
Bless You Boys May 28, 2015

Steven Moya homers again in Toledo Mud Hens loss

Scores, news and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Wednesday May 27, 2015. Louisville Bats 10, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box) The Mud Hens dropped the rubber match of a three-game road series in front of 4,782 fans at Louisville Slugger Field on Wednesday night. Righthander Derek Hankins made his first start at Triple-A this season for the depleted Mud Hens rotation and had a tough go of it, managing just three innings during an 86 pitch outing. Hankins surrendered eight runs, seven of them earned, with a throwing error by Steven Moya contributing the sole unearned run. Jose Valdez did...
Bless You Boys May 27, 2015

Tigers 3, A's 2: Yoenis Cespedes' blast backs strong outing by Detroit bullpen

Alex Wilson and Kyle Ryan combined to give the Tigers six scoreless innings en route to a series win over the A's. The Detroit Tigers bats remained relatively kitten-esque, with one exception, when Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run blast against the Oakland Athletics. But it was the Tigers' bullpen in long-relief that kept the team in the game. Despite late-inning antics the Tigers won 3-2 over the A's, taking the series and earning a two-game winning streak to pull within one of first place in the AL Central. Alex Wilson and Kyle Ryan gave the Tigers a nice start to the game, pressed into...
Bless You Boys May 27, 2015

Saber 101: Run differential made easy

HookSlide gives away the great secret to making sense of run differential. If you're anything like me, the idea of advanced metrics appeals to you, but the thought of doing real math is a major turn-off. For me, the threshold is simple: if the equation can't be easily solved while also bonging a beer, I'm not interested. Run differential just happens to be one of those advanced metrics that can be understood, and quite quickly and easily translated into something useful (predicting future win/loss records) without having to come within 20 feet of a cosine. (Whatever the hell that is.) Run...

Game 2015.48: Tigers at Athletics

Perhaps he stayed up to watch the Tigers’ nail-biter last night; perhaps he was already asleep by then. Either way, Kyle Ryan couldn’t possibly have anticipated a call from the Big Club, especially one telling him that he was being called up. To start. Today. In Oakland. Alfredo Simon, the scheduled starter, had to leave […]

Tigers' Nick Castellanos is struggling to adjust to MLB pitching

After showing flashes of promise in 2014, MLB pitchers have adjusted to Nick Castellanos. He has not adjusted back. Throughout Nick Castellanos' rise through the Detroit Tigers farm system, fans were told about his immense offensive potential. While opinions varied slightly on just how high his ceiling was, many viewed Castellanos as a future .280-.300 hitter with 20-25 home run potential. He was (and still is) supposed to be a middle-of-the-order bat that will supplement Miguel Cabrera and company as the Tigers move into the latter half of the decade. That rise to stardom hasn't happened...

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