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Game 2014.155: Tigers at Royals

Yesterday’s 3-2 victory had a bit of everything going, turning points and momentum shifts all over the place, the baseball gods frowning upon first one and then the other team. It was really something. Good thing the Tigers won, or I’d be sickened by it and unable to speak of it. It scher was a maxtastically […]

Game 2014.154: Tigers at Royals

I had to think about it, but I’ve decided I like winning 10-1 better than losing 8-4. Justin “Ricky” Verlander dominated KC without really being dominant. Pretty darn good. He didn’t seem too happy about being lifted from the game rather unnecessarily, or maybe he was just upset with Ezequiel Carrera’s nonchalance in allowing a runner […]
Bless You Boys Sep 17, 2014

Dickerson and Price break down the stinging loss

Like radio broadcasters who don't pull any punches when it comes to discussing losses? Your ship has just come in. If you're a fan of radio broadcasters who don't pull any punches when it comes to dissecting terrible losses, your ship has just come in. As the Tigers were putting on some kind of weird performance art in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game (tentatively entitled "Exploration of Weakness"), Dan Dickerson and Jim Price carried on a rather lengthy conversation breaking down what had just gone so wrong. After retiring the first batter he faced, Joe Nathan issued a one-out walk to...
Bless You Boys Sep 17, 2014

Tigers AL Central finish will determine the fate of "Carrera's Flop"

Often miscues like the one Ezequiel Carrera committed are quickly forgotten ... if they happen in May. But in the crucible of September baseball, they can become a long-lasting memory. If the Detroit Tigers go on to win the division, Tuesday night's implosion in the bottom of the ninth inning versus the Minnesota Twins — and the reasons it occurred — will be largely forgotten over time. If they don't, then that game becomes etched in my memory as "Carrera's Flop." It was an absolutely awful decision on the part of Ezequiel Carrera to make an ill-advised dive at a sinking liner off the...
Bless You Boys Sep 17, 2014

Twins 4, Tigers 3: Joe Nathan, Ezequiel Carrera combine to serve up a walk-off loss

The Twins walked off despite blowing a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth. After last at-bat, home run heroics from J.D. Martinez gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead, Joe Nathan and Ezequiel Carrera combined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Detroit Tigers had been riding high, winners of four straight and 7-of-8. Behind an uncharacteristically strong eight innings from Ricky Nolasco, the power bat of Kennys Vargas, along with the Tigers' own Ezequiel Carrera and Joe Nathan, the Minnesota Twins knocked off Detroit 4-3. The game came down to a wild ninth inning, the two teams combining...
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014
Game 151 Thread of Shame

Game 151 Thread of Shame

We has a sad.
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

Game 151 Overflow

Enough of this crap.  Let's get some runs off Nolasco.
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

Game 151: Tigers at Twins

Rick Porcello faces the Twins' Ricky Nolasco as the Tigers look to extend their lead in the AL Central. Detroit Tigers (84-66) at Minnesota Twins (63-87) Time/Place: 8:10 p.m., Target Field SB Nation blog: Twinkie Town Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Rick Porcello (15-11, 3.23 ERA) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (5-11, 5.64 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Porcello 28 189.2 5.55 1.61 0.71 1.18 3.52 3.82 3.3 Nolasco 24 140.1 6.35 2.18 1.28 1.55 4.40 4.14 0.9 To say Ricky Nolasco has been a disappointment in 2014 would be a...

Game 2014.151: Tigers at Twins

Scherzer went from Marvelous Max to Maddening Max in the span of a few batters last night, and a rare BB BB start by Joba Chamberlain opened the door for those pesky Twins to tie the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the 8th. Phil Coke did okay, but the savior last night was Kyle […]
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

Anibal Sanchez willing to take on relief duty

Anibal Sanchez participated in a bullpen session today, all signs pointing toward his return before the end of the season. But will it be as a starter or reliever? Anibal Sanchez may not start again for the Detroit Tigers this season due to a strained pectoralis suffered in early August. But Sanchez's rehab is progressing to where pitching out of the bullpen has become a definite possibly. Before tonight's game in Minnesota Sanchez threw off a mound, taking part in his second short bullpen session in two days. He was reportedly feeling good and pain free after throwing. The next step in...
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

Tigers' rotation remains in flux for Royals series

Thanks to a scheduled day off on Thursday and Justin Verlander having suffered a blister in his last start, Brad Ausmus is contemplating his rotation options for this weekend's series in Kansas City. The Detroit Tigers can put a stranglehold on the AL Central with a successful series against the Kansas City Royals this weekend. A big part of the Tigers' winning the series will be their starting rotation imposing their will upon the Royals. But as of today, manager Brad Ausmus has yet to tip his hand as to who will get the starting assignments in the three games. Detroit's rotation is...
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

David Price, best trade deadline acquisition?

The pitchers traded at the deadline are faring better than the hitters, and David Price may be the best one yet The Tigers visit the Twins this week, while the Royals host the White Sox. Fortunately Chris Sale is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday. The Tigers have David Price lined up, originally set to face TBD (As of Tuesday, the Twins have settled on Kyle Gibson). This time of year, TBD is frequently scheduled to pitch. The Royals, with Danny Duffy hurting, plan to start TBD on Tuesday. The playoff contenders did not want to be in the TBD boat, so many acquired pitching. Last week we looked...
South Side Sox Sep 16, 2014
South Side Sox Podcast: AL Central Showdown

South Side Sox Podcast: AL Central Showdown

Entering the season's last fortnight, we check in on the pennant race between the Tigers and Royals and answer your White Sox questions In honor of my No. 31 Jose Canseco jersey -- and not at all because Josh is on vacation -- I'm your host for the entire episode of the 31st episode of the South Side Sox podcast. Over the hour, you'll hear from: Me, as I jog through a rare winning week of White Sox baseball, celebrating Bless You Boys' Al Beaton and Royals Review's Max Rieper, as they talk about the Tigers and Royals, the AL Central pennant race, what both teams face in the offseason,...
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

Tigers 8, Twins 6: Hunter, Cabrera home runs bail out Scherzer and bullpen

The Tigers' pitching staff blew a six run lead, but the offense bounced back behind back-to-back ninth inning home runs from Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera. The win allows the Tigers to maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over the Royals. Max Scherzer on the mound and holding a six-run lead, it appeared the Detroit Tigers were on their way to an easy win against the Minnesota Twins. Turned out the night was anything but easy, the Twins tying the game at 6-6 in thanks to a two-run eighth. But the surging Tigers flashed their power bats, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera drilling back-to-back home...
Bless You Boys Sep 15, 2014

Game 150 Afterglow

Bask!!!!
Bless You Boys Sep 15, 2014

Game 150: Tigers at Twins

Anthony Swarzak will make his second start of the season for the Twins in place of the injured Tommy Milone. Max Scherzer starts for the Tigers. Detroit Tigers (83-66) at Minnesota Twins (63-86) Time/Place: 8:10 p.m., Target Field SB Nation blog: Twinkie Town Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Max Scherzer (16-5, 3.19 ERA) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-1, 3.95 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Scherzer 30 200.1 10.42 2.56 0.76 1.17 2.84 2.93 5.1 Swarzak 1 73.0 5.18 2.96 0.62 1.34 3.85 4.32 0.2 Left-hander Tommy Milone...
Bless You Boys Sep 15, 2014

Game 150 Overflow

Another day in the office.

Game 2014.150: Tigers at Minnesota

Det 83-66  – KC 81-67   1.5 _________________ Oak 83-66 +1.5 KC 81-67    – Sea 80-68  1.0 Tor 77-71   4.0 Cle  76-72  5.0 NYY 76-72 5.0 Sep-tober is in full swing. ***************** The Tigers fly into Minnesota for a 3 game series. They’ll have an off day on Thursday and then the weekend set in KC. Minnesota […]
Bless You Boys Sep 15, 2014

Monday Morning Manager: Avila the Hero and also under the scope; Tigers playoff experience starting to show

There are only two full weeks left in the season, so how come MMM feels like he's just getting started? Monday Morning Manager is a series that Greg Eno has been writing since 2009 on his personal blogs. It's a look back at the previous Tigers week and a look ahead at the current week. This season, he brings the series, featuring his alter ego "MMM", to Bless You Boys, every Monday morning. Last Week: 5-1 This week: at Min (Sept. 15-17; at KC (Sept. 19-21) So, What Happened? There's something about big league baseball when you flip that calendar from August to September, isn't...
Bless You Boys Sep 14, 2014
Detroit Tigers rookies take part in epic dress-up day

Detroit Tigers rookies take part in epic dress-up day

Lingerie Bowl, anyone? September means rookies being called up up to the big club. It also means veteran ball players have fresh meat to haze. The Detroit Tigers are no exception. In a football themed gag, Detroit's rookies appear ready to take part in the Lingerie Bowl! Al Albuquerque's Instagram has up-close video of the carnage, while Justin Verlander is outright giddy on Twitter. Quite possibly the greatest rookie dress up EVER!! #tigersrookies pic.twitter.com/UMIU968eZ7 — Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) September 14, 2014 J.D. Martinez has more of the shenanigans....

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