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Bless You Boys 13 hours ago

Detroit Tigers had the right idea with Mike Pelfrey, but it’s not working so far

The veteran starter came at reasonable terms, but has not lived up to expectations. When the Detroit Tigers signed free agent pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a two-year, $16 million contract last December, there was reason to believe that he could fill the fourth starter's role in their rebooted starting pitching rotation. Less than a month into the season, after just five starts, the calls are getting louder to move Pelfrey out of the starting rotation and give his spot to a younger pitcher. In Sunday's series finale against his former team, the Minnesota Twins, Pelfrey left in the fifth inning...
Bless You Boys 14 hours ago

How do you feel about Tigers manager Brad Ausmus?

One month into the season, it's time to take the pulse of the fanbase. The calendar has turned to May, and with the Detroit Tigers on an off day, today is a perfect time to reflect on the first month of baseball. Specifically, we can reflect on the job Brad Ausmus has done as the Tigers' manager thus far in his career. Prior to the start of the last season, we began monitoring the collective opinion towards Ausmus. We saw a hot start propel him to nearly unanimous approval right out of the gate, but as the losses piled up his favor waned, and he ended the season with nearly unanimous...
Bless You Boys May 1, 2016

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez still a work in progress in 2016

Can K-Rod break the closer curse that stalks the Detroit Tigers' bullpen? There is a baseball season underway, and so of course, the Detroit Tigers have seen shaky performances from a closer. Francisco Rodriguez looked like a solid value pickup by Al Avila this offseason, but so far it's been a bit of a rocky road. His last three outings have gone better, but the questions remain. Were Rodriguez' early season struggles just a rough patch, or potentially the sign of another closer acquired too close to their sell-by date? On the surface, there are reasons to think his issues are somewhat...

Game 2016.24: Tigers at Twinkies

Nothing like a 4 game win streak to superficially heighten your mood. And I know this is you guys too…are we shallow for letting a child’s game affect our emotional state? Or passionate and complex? The Tigers scored 3 in the first yesterday, and are now 6-0 in games where they score in the first […]
Bless You Boys Apr 28, 2016

Tigers' Anibal Sanchez feeling more comfortable with a hybrid windup

Sanchez's windup adjustment is a cross between the extreme and a non-existent turn. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez is going back to his old windup. Kind of. Until Thursday afternoon, Sanchez had been working with a significantly subdued version of his twist windup. After four starts, though, he wasn't comfortable, and it took too much of his concentration away from everything else he was working on. But going back entirely to his old windup wasn't going to work, either. So, he made a compromise with himself, and decided to split the difference (a decision he reached on his own). Tuesday was the...
Bless You Boys Apr 28, 2016

Tigers' Mike Pelfrey went back to his old mechanics and got better results

Pelfrey returned to an old set point for some progress. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers knew what they were getting in Mike Pelfrey when they signed him this offseason. Even so, they likely didn't expect him to go winless in his first four starts. Part of that has to do with the lack of offensive support, but Pelfrey has struggled with his command. He may have figured out why. "I think I noticed my first three starts my hands were at my waist from the stretch and the windup," Pelfrey said. "And all of last year I had my hands kind of up by my neck. That was kind of the one adjustment that I...

Game 2016.21: A’s at Tigers

I guess J.D. Martinez doesn’t mind batting 2nd. In a bit of a surprise yesterday, the Tigers announced that they will call up right-handed prospect Michael Fulmer, and move Shane Greene to the DL with a middle finger issue (of the blister variety, not the Ty Collins variety). Fulmer came to Detroit in the Cespedes […]
Bless You Boys Apr 27, 2016

Top Tigers prospect Michael Fulmer called up with Shane Greene headed for the DL

Fulmer makes his start on the road in Minnesota. DETROIT -- Shane Greene is indeed headed to the disabled list. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed after Tuesday night's win at Comerica Park, that Greene will be placed on the DL and that top prospect Michael Fulmer is being called up Fulmer will get the start on Friday in Minnesota versus the Twins. "There's really no plan of pitching (Fulmer) anything other than Friday," Ausmus said after the game. "We'll see how far he goes (into the game) and decide after that." Greene's DL stint will get backdated to Monday. Greene had been...

Game 2016.20: A’s at Tigers

After what looked like a breakout game, the Tigers last night struggled offensively again, as former-Wolverine Rich Hill baffled them with curve after slow curve. Cabrera and Victor Martinez seemed to adjust to it and hit some very hard shots in later at bats, but the rest of the time was left flailing or standing […]
Bless You Boys Apr 27, 2016

Tyler Collins sent to Triple-A Toledo with the return of Francisco Rodriguez

K-Rod was away for a family matter. DETROIT -- Tyler Collins is no longer with the major league roster. The Detroit Tigers announced on Tuesday that they had optioned him to Triple-A Toledo with closer Francisco Rodriguez returning from the family medical emergency leave list. K-Rod had been away from the team for an undisclosed "personal" matter since April 24. The Tigers' roster was already full, so they were going to have to send someone down to the minors regardless. However, the decision to send Collins to Toledo comes two days after he lost a flyout in the nighttime lights and...
Bless You Boys Apr 27, 2016

Tigers' Victor Martinez is quietly hitting the ball harder than ever

Martinez is tearing the cover off the baseball this year. DETROIT -- Lost in the doldrums of a frozen Detroit Tigers offense is the little hot streak Victor Martinez has going on. It's hard to see the positives with the lack of hitting going on with the rest of the team, but Martinez is already significantly better than he was last season. Last year, Martinez was dealing with left knee issues that required surgery in the 2014 offseason and later landed him on the disabled list mid-season. After an All-Star 2014 where he went .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI, last year was a...
Bless You Boys Apr 26, 2016

On this date 3 years ago, Anibal Sanchez set a Tigers record for strikeouts

Sanchez treated Comerica Park to a vintage performance in 2013. On this date in 2013, @AnibalSanchez19 struck out a Tigers record 17 batters vs. the Braves. https://t.co/YKLhC3vYdw — Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) April 26, 2016 On a glorious spring day back in 2013, Anibal Sanchez absolutely humiliated the Atlanta Braves to the tune of 17 strike outs over 8 innings of work. That was, and still stands, as a Detroit Tigers' team record. Let's check the box score for fun. Ah yes, there's the Dan Uggla we all know and love. Also, shout out to Justin Upton for only...

Game 2016.19: A’s at Tigers

More solid pitching from Jordan Zimmerman, and a bunch of runs, and the Tigers finally get back in the W column. The real story of the game though was Miguel Cabrera, who finally had a game where he looked like Miguel Cabrera, who went 4-for-4, went long twice, and earned himself the coveted game post […]

Game 19 Preview: Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers

Mike Pelfrey faces off against Rich Hill, one of the hottest starters in baseball since last summer. When previewing the matchups for this week's four-game series against the A's, Tigers fans were probably quick to skip over this one. Lefthander Rich Hill has been as dominant as any starter in baseball since last summer -- an eight start stretch, but the numbers back this up -- while Mike Pelfrey has walked 12 batters in 14 2/3 innings this season. Pelfrey's last two starts have been excruciating to watch, but a few "at 'em balls" helped limit the damage to five runs (four earned) in his...
Bless You Boys Apr 25, 2016

Tyler Collins 'embarrassed' in himself for flipping off Tigers fans

That said, it can't happen again. DETROIT -- Well, Tyler Collins flipped off the fans at Comerica Park on Monday night. The reactions were about what one would expect. A ball that he lost in the lights dropped for a hit and he lost his cool. It's not what the Detroit Tigers would've hoped to see from a bench player they've been relying on a lot lately. It was bad enough that Collins flipped off the crowd, but what he said "f*** everybody here" did not help in the least. The Internet ran with it and the fans, treated to a win for the first time in nearly a week, weren't happy. "When Zim's...
Bless You Boys Apr 25, 2016

Tyler Collins flipped off Tigers fans at Comerica Park

@matthewbmowery Here it is. pic.twitter.com/Otp1hZjHpq — Garrett Elliott (@GVLaker68) April 26, 2016 In the sixth inning Tyler Collins appeared to lose a fly ball to center field in the lights. Justin Upton, running over from left field, overran the ball. Some lollygagging may have occurred, followed by an errant throw to third base. Naturally the fans let them have it with a round of boos. Tyler Collins, learning no lesson from Joe Nathan two seasons prior, let the team's paying customers know just what he thinks of them. We'll see if he handles the situation a little better after...

Game 2015.18: A’s at Tigers

  It has only been 3 starts so far this season for newly-Tigerish Jordan Zimmerman, but what a 3 starts they have been. Zimmerman has won all 3 without allowing a single run, although his Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) is a solid but not spectacular 1.086, which means he has been pitching […]
Bless You Boys Apr 25, 2016

It's Daniel Norris' birthday. Here's 6 great things you can get him.

The Van Man turns 23 today, so we gave you some gift ideas. All of us here at Bless You Boys would like to wish Daniel Norris a very happy birthday and a speedy return to a struggling rotation. If you are feeling generous, here are some gift suggestions for the birthday boy. Charcoal Sticks Quick 10 min sketch for #EarthDay @1PercentFTP #loveyamotha pic.twitter.com/UIvan5CQxM — Daniel Norris (@DanielNorris18) April 22, 2016 Did you know Norris sketches?  Are you surprised? Patagonia. Literally anything. Sustainable outerwear for the win! Mate Tea ...
The Daily Fungo Apr 25, 2016

Today’s Tigers Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Daniel Norris, Jacque Jones, Larry Pashnick and the late Tony Phillips, Woody Davis and Fred Haney.
The Daily Fungo Apr 25, 2016

April 25, 1901: Tigers’ wild AL debut

1901 – At Bennett Park, the Detroit Tigers make an incredible comeback in their American League debut. Trailing 13 – 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Tigers score 10 runs in their last at-bat to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 14 – 13. Frank Dillon drives in the game-winning run with a […]

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