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Bless You Boys Oct 22, 2016

MLB trade rumors: Tigers pushed to deal Justin Upton during 2016 season

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Tigers have already tried to trade Justin Upton. This week, general manager Al Avila made comments that hinted the Detroit Tigers were looking to make trades that will help them get leaner, faster, and most importantly, cheaper for the 2017 season. Now, it looks like he tried to start the sell-off earlier than anticipated. According to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Tigers were shopping outfielder Justin Upton to other teams earlier this summer. After signing him to a six-year, $132.75 million deal in January, it looks like the Tigers are...
Bless You Boys Oct 18, 2016

MLB Playoffs Open Thread: Indians at Blue Jays, Cubs at Dodgers

Will the Indians sweep the Blue Jays? Who will take control of the NLCS? Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays (Indians lead 3-0) Time/Place: 4:00 p.m. ET, Rogers CentreTV: TBSPitching Matchup: RHP Corey Kluber (3.14 ERA) vs RHP Aaron Sanchez (3.00 ERA) Outlook I’m not sure how many different ways I can say this: two very good pitchers are going at it in a postseason game with huge implications. Whoever wants to win will need to be on his A-game in order to earn the victory for his team. Hitters to fear are Josh Donaldson (.375 BA in 16 AB career against Kluber) from Toronto and Lonnie...
Bless You Boys Oct 18, 2016

MLB qualifying offer jumps to $17.2 million for 2017 season

The increase of nearly $2 million probably will not impact the Tigers this offseason. Major League Baseball teams expecting to receive compensation for their departing free agent players will have the option to make them a qualifying offer of $17.2 million this offseason. That number is up from $15.3 million the previous year. Although the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which sets the rules for free agent compensation, is set to expire on December 1, the current qualifying offer rules are expected to remain in place until a new agreement is reached. The qualifying offer is an...

Trevor Bauer’s finger was bleeding, and Justin Verlander told him to rub some dirt on it

Well, sort of. Trevor Bauer has been a lightning rod for storylines throughout his baseball career, and this year’s ALCS has been no different. Bauer’s scheduled start was pushed back due to a finger injury — he needed stitches after fixing a drone — and even the extra two days of healing weren’t enough. Bauer was removed in the first inning of Monday’s Game 3 after his pinky started bleeding profusely (WARNING: don’t click this GIF if you’re even the slightest bit queasy). Happy Halloween pic.twitter.com/zny8FFTmmL— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 18, 2016 Naturally,...
Bless You Boys Oct 14, 2016

Tigers prospect Christin Stewart homers in Arizona Fall League

The Tigers’ powerful left-field prospect smacks one out for the Salt River Rafters. There is little excitement in October for fans of MLB teams who missed the playoffs. Unfortunately, Detroit Tigers fans are included in that category for the second consecutive year. While it is true that there isn’t any major league action for us to enjoy, the Arizona Fall League provides entertainment once in a while, and this little nugget came on Thursday courtesy of top outfield prospect Christin Stewart. (function(){var...
Bless You Boys Oct 13, 2016

Ranking the Tigers’ coaching staff in 2016

The coaching staff was fairly average in 2016, despite a strong contribution from Rich Dubee. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to rank an entire coaching staff? It’s no easy task. There are no stats out there to rank the coaches, only the players themselves. And since there are no stats, there is also absolutely no way to compare a team’s coaching staff to the coaching staff of any other team, let alone something like a league average coaching staff. I suppose the only way to do rank a coaching staff is individually. To rank the Detroit Tigers’ coaches in 2016, I looked at...
Bless You Boys Oct 11, 2016

The top 5 plays of the Tigers' 2016 season, according to WPA

Few Tigers had a flair for the dramatic in 2016 quite like Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The 2016 Detroit Tigers were not known for their clutch hitting, as their absence from this year's postseason could probably attest. Despite ranking second in team OPS with men on base (.784, second in the American League to the Red Sox), they struggled to score runs when it mattered. The problem with this OPS split is that it lacks context. If the Tigers are winning 10-0 and someone gets a base hit with the bases loaded, it would not be that memorable. However, there is a stat that brings context into the...
Bless You Boys Oct 10, 2016

Ian Kinsler got a new puppy and it's Pawwwdorable

Seriously, those paws are huge. It’s the offseason, which means six months of rumors, reflection, anticipation, and of course, puppies. We are starting really early with the latter this year, and Ian Kinsler’s first task for the fall was to obtain a dog: My sister @torikinslerphotography took it to a new level with baby puppy pics. Hahahah. #warstic #babypictures #tyson A photo posted by Ian Kinsler (@i.kinsler3) on Oct 10, 2016 at 3:15pm PDT I can't help it . Here's a close up of my little dude. #boxerlife #mansbestfriend #warstic @warsticbaseball A photo posted by...
Bless You Boys Oct 10, 2016

MLB Playoffs Open Thread: Nationals at Dodgers, Indians at Red Sox, Cubs at Giants

There are two potential sweeps on the docket today. Will the Red Sox and the Giants be playing on Tuesday? Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers (Series tied 1-1) Time/Place: 4:00 p.m. ET, Dodger StadiumTV: MLB NetworkPitching Matchup: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 177.1 IP in 32 GS) vs RHP Kenta Maeda (3.48 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 175.2 IP in 32 GS) Outlook Kenta Maeda is a rookie, and a good one at that. He’s been overshadowed by Corey Seager this year, who is a front runner for the NL Rookie of the Year award, but Maeda has been very good nonetheless. In addition, LA had a much...
Bless You Boys Oct 7, 2016

Detroit Tigers Links is giving runs up to the 6 and Tulo

You know how that game goes. So Toronto, eh? That was the terrifying display of offense that makes this team so dangerous. There’s just no holes in the Blue Jay’s lineup. (function(){var f=document.getElementById("57a3d"),a=parseFloat(f.getAttribute('data-aspect')),w=f.offsetWidth,h=Math.round(w/a),s=f.getAttribute('data-src');f.removeAttribute('id');s+='width='+w+'&height='+h;f.setAttribute('src',s);f.style.height=h+'px';})(); I don’t know what a three inning Cole Hamels start does to your teams psyche but playoff baseball is inherently stupid so let’s not get ahead of...

Here’s who Tigers fans should root for in the MLB playoffs

Because xenophobia is a real thing, our MLB Playoffs rooting guide is all about former Tigers. Here’s a riddle: if the MLB playoffs are underway but the Detroit Tigers aren’t involved, are they really happening? Well, yes, technically. The Tigers have only made the playoffs 16 times in their 116-year history, and Major League Baseball has done its best to crown a champion in most of those seasons. Barring some major catastrophe, 2016 will be no different. The lack of crisp, white, Olde English D uniforms in these playoffs may not phase some of you. Baseball is baseball, after all, and...
Bless You Boys Oct 5, 2016

Tigers GM Al Avila and manager Brad Ausmus are ‘comfortable’ with year-to-year contract

The team will make coaching and payroll decisions in the coming weeks. DETROIT — The repeated loss of Brad Ausmus’ cell reception during the Tigers’ conference call may have been an inconvenience but exercising his 2017 option was no hassle for general manager Al Avila. Ausmus, having been secured for the next season, has talked to his coaching staff, but Avila has not, and retention decisions have yet to be made. During Wednesday’s conference, Avila addressed various sticking points of the season, why he opted to keep Ausmus, and the importance of fixing the baserunning and...

Game 2016.161: Tigers at Braves

All of MLB tees off at about 3:00 today. Did that happen last season too? Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention last season. These season there are three games going that will demand our attention. I’d normally say there is too much at stake to worry about individual numbers today, but Detroit’s chances at a […]

Game 2016.160: Tigers at Braves

Here we go, three left, we need to win at least two. I think this is the game, the one that will determine things. If the Tigers win this one, they go into tomorrow with Verlander on the mound. And what can you say about Cabrera? “Locked in” is an understatement; I can’t think of […]

Game 2016.159: Tigers at Braves

This is turning out to be a strange, if not strangely exciting end to the season, as the Tigers finish out, once again, with an inter league series in the road (Detroit finished 2013 at the Marlins). That means, oh boy! the pitchers get to bat, which I guess is one advantage to having long-time […]
Bless You Boys Sep 30, 2016

Orioles beat Blue Jays, move into tie for AL Wild Card lead

The Yankees and Astros were eliminated as the Orioles pulled even with Toronto on Thursday. With so many teams in the thick of this year’s AL Wild Card race, it can be tough to keep your scoreboard watching straight. Fear not, though: Bless You Boys has you covered. Over the last two weeks of the season we will update you on the ups and downs of the AL playoff picture, and how each contending team fared on a regular basis. Baltimore Orioles 4, Toronto Blue Jays 0 Recaps: Camden Chat | Bluebird Banter Ubaldo Jiminez shut out the Blue Jays allowing just one hit in 6-2/3...
Bless You Boys Sep 30, 2016

Detroit Tiger Links celebrates rookie dress-up day

The rookies got their Halloween costumes early this year Rookie Dress-Up Day is an important tradition The Tigers might be short on rookies, but the quality of their costumes was top notch. Second deck!!!! Rookie dress up!! #cheech A photo posted by JaCoby Jones (@jacobyjones23) on Sep 29, 2016 at 4:01pm PDT That is a whole lot of #TeamDadBod. And while whatever Matt Boyd is doing is the favorite, I simply cannot look away from John Hicks in the most disturbing Bert costume ever created. That is some pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel right there. Lookout Landing has...

Here’s how crazy the Tigers’ schedule gets after Thursday’s rainout

Hint: it involves a lot of high-stress games. Five days. Five stadiums. Five must-win games. This is one potential scenario for the Detroit Tigers after their final home game of the season was postponed on Thursday. A record-setting rainfall washed away the final Tigers-Indians matchup of the year, leaving the Tigers in a potentially awkward place. With their playoff chances still in doubt — the Baltimore Orioles are one game ahead of Detroit, pending their Thursday evening matchup with Toronto — the Tigers could be forced to play multiple win-or-go-home games before even getting into...

Game 2016.159: Indians at Tigers

I don’t think there’s an option other than to wait out the rain. Otherwise Cle would likely have to come back here on Monday. 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Cameron Maybin, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. J.D. Martinez, RF 6. Justin Upton, LF 7. Nick Castellanos, 3B 8. James McCann, C […]
Bless You Boys Sep 28, 2016

Tigers 6, Indians 3 (5 inn): Miguel Cabrera’s heroics lift Detroit

A three-run shot before rain ultimately cut the game short helped make the game official and gave the Tigers a win. DETROIT — After two rain delays, a poor start by top rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer, and one memorable blast by Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers beat the Indians, 6-3, in a game shortened to five innings. Baltimore rallied against the Blue Jays for a victory, so the Tigers remain a game out of the second wild card spot. Cabrera’s three-run, line-drive home run to right field proved to be the difference maker for the Tigers, who trailed 1-0 in the first inning when it became...

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