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Bless You Boys 3 hours ago

MLB trade rumors: Tigers, A's could be ideal trade partners

With the trade deadline approaching, there is a lot of speculation of big name players on the move. But a few lesser known players from a surefire seller might pay high dividends for the Tigers. As the trade deadline approaches, people keep wondering whether the Detroit Tigers should be buyers or sellers. Like Craig Edwards at FanGraphs, I believe that the Tigers cannot afford to sell. So that means the two options are to stand pat or to buy. Standing pat doesn’t seem like a terrible idea. Two of the Tigers' best players (J.D. Martinez and Jordan Zimmermann) should be back in a span of...
Bless You Boys 5 hours ago

Game 103 Preview: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers

The Tigers head back to Detroit to kick off a nine-game homestand. Last Monday, the Tigers arrived in Boston for a three-game set against the Red Sox, fresh off a pair of walk-off losses to the sad sack White Sox the day before. They split the series in Chicago, but it felt worse than that -- the Tigers squandered winnable games, and the losses brought their post-All-Star record to an even .500. Any momentum they had gained from winning a series in Kansas City was gone, and questions were beginning to be raised about the team's decision to either stand pat or buy small at the trade...
Bless You Boys 6 hours ago

Detroit Tigers Links did not see that sweep coming

After an iffy weekend in Chicago, the Tigers are riding high. So...that went well. I have to be honest, after back-to-back walk-offs against the White Sox I thought a demoralized Tigers team would get steam rolled by Red Sox and continue their march toward an inevitable .500 season. But the team rallied for a sweep lead by clutch hitting by Miguel Cabrera and... Tyler Collins’ defense? That new Tigers center fielder can do a few things. Just ask the Red Sox, who might have lost a game Wednesday when Tyler Collins made a play that will find itself onto the team’s 2016 Best Of The Tigers...
Bless You Boys 14 hours ago

Tigers’ Daniel Norris pitches into seventh inning during third rehab start

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Erie SeaWolves 5, Reading Fightin Phils 3 (box) Daniel Norris made his third rehab appearance, throwing 92 pitches and recording the win. He tallied seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits along with two homers. The offense was able to pick him up, scoring two runs in the fourth inning off a Dominic Ficociello homer and three runs in the sixth inning thanks to doubles by Ficociello and Mike Gerber. Joe Jimenez pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save. After the game it...
Bless You Boys Jul 28, 2016

The Tigers might have a better chance of making the playoffs than projections suggest

Things are looking better by the day in Detroit. As the MLB trade deadline approaches, teams around the league are looking to bolster their roster to position themselves to make the playoffs. While general manager Al Avila has insisted that the Detroit Tigers are going to have a quiet deadline, they have still managed to pop up in a few trade rumors. Coming off of a three-game sweep in Boston against the Red Sox, the odds of the Tigers making the playoffs are starting to look a little more friendly. The sheer fact that the Tigers are in on quality trade candidates shows that the front...
Bless You Boys Jul 28, 2016

MLB trade deadline retrospective: Checking in on a trio of ex-Tigers one year later

The 2016 trade deadline marks the one-year anniversary of three big deals. The Detroit Tigers did not expect to enter the 2015 trade deadline as sellers, but the club’s playoff hopes were rapidly disappearing as the end of July approached. While it is certainly more exciting to make a big acquisition before a playoff push, Tigers fans got to experience the other side of the action for the first time in a while. All three players that the Tigers moved at the 2015 deadline were pending free agents, and none of them were guaranteed to re-sign with Detroit. It made sense to trade them if the...
Bless You Boys Jul 28, 2016

Matt Boyd should stay in the Tigers’ starting rotation

A recent surge from the young lefthander makes Boyd one of the Tigers’ better options. The injuries to Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann had the potential to do serious damage to the Tigers’ playoff odds. Matt Boyd was thrust back into the rotation despite an ugly 8.24 ERA in June which led to his demotion to Triple-A Toledo. His strikeout rate had dwindled to 13.2 percent during the month, a sign that major league hitters had figured Boyd’s stuff out. Since his recall, however, Boyd has been much better. He is even making a case to be one of the five members of a healthy Detroit...

Tigers’ J.D. Martinez tallies 3 hits for Mud Hens in rehab assignment

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Durham Bulls 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box) Warwick Saupold went five innings for the Mud Hens, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with five strikeouts. He cruised through the first five frames, but ran into trouble in the sixth, when he allowed three Bulls to reach base before being lifted from the game. Reliever Joe Mantiply allowed all three of those runners to score, along with one more in a four-run inning that would prove to be enough offense for Durham. Chad Huffman hit his 12th home...
Bless You Boys Jul 27, 2016

Ian Kinsler doesn't have time for gloves

Barehanded catches are way cooler. Michael Fulmer was his incredible self again on Wednesday, but when he needed a little help, Ian Kinsler was there to supply it. Up a run in the eighth, Fulmer fielded a bunt and sent it over to a covering Kinsler at first. The throw, however, was more than a little off the line. Never fear, Kinsler's bare hand is here. It speaks to his athleticism with how easy he made that look while reaching for the bag with his left foot. And the play was especially important considering that runner would have ended up scoring later in that inning. Kinsler kept the...
Bless You Boys Jul 27, 2016

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3: Michael Fulmer’s solid start completes sweep of Boston

The bullpen was lights-out and V-Mart was his old self. The Red Sox got their first taste of Michael Fulmer, and they came up empty for much of the day. With help from Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, who tattooed the ball all over the field, the bullpen locked down the remainder of the game for a 4-3 win and a sweep of the Red Sox. The offense, despite their many hits, had little to show for it. Luckily for Fulmer, the defense more than made up for it. Tyler Collins turned a dazzling 8-2 inning-ending double play on a throw home to prevent a run, and Fulmer’s only two run-scoring...
Bless You Boys Jul 27, 2016

Tigers’ Drew VerHagen will undergo season-ending surgery

The Tigers have lost a potentially valuable bullpen arm for the year. Drew VerHagen is officially out of commission for the remainder of the 2016 season. The right-handed reliever was shut down after experiencing a setback in his recovery. He is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on August 8, according to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. VerHagen’s thoracic outlet syndrome surgery will take place in St. Louis, Mo. and “in theory” he should be ready for spring training in 2017, manager Brad Ausmus said. The righty, who has been on the disabled list since June 14 (retro...
Bless You Boys Jul 27, 2016

MLB trade rumors: Angels listening to offers on Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago

The Tigers may be interested in the former Eastern Michigan Eagle at the right price. The Tigers’ starting rotation problems have been well documented this season, and with the non-waiver trade deadline coming up on Monday, August 1, they have less than a week to decide if they want to make an impact move to improve it. In a statement that shouldn’t surprise anyone, the woeful Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (is that what they’re going by now?) are listening to offers on a pair of starters in Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago. As Jon Heyman explains in this grammatical-nightmare of a...

Game 2016.102: Red Sox at Tigers

The Tigers got started early yesterday, only to be Pelfried shortly thereafter. But the bats came through again and the bullpen held it together just enough to eek out a win and guaranty a series victory. A sweep would be icing on the cake, but I like our chances with the pitching matchup. Baseball-Reference game […]
Bless You Boys Jul 27, 2016

Game 102 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

Michael Fulmer and the Tigers look to sweep the series in Boston. It sure seemed like the Detroit Tigers were heading down a dark road leading into the trade deadline. After losing two of three at home against the last-place Minnesota Twins, the Tigers split a winnable series against the Chicago White Sox, including suffering two walkoff losses in one day. With pending series against the surging Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, this is not where the team wanted to be. So, naturally, the Tigers enter Wednesday afternoon with the opportunity to earn a huge sweep over the Red Sox at Fenway...

Game 2016.101: Tigers at Red Sox

Ausmus pulled the right strings last night – resulting in a 2 run HR by the #2 hitter, and a 4 out save by F-Rod. Verlander was great again, and we know he can be even better on some nights. Maybin still out with a back sprain (is he old enough to get those?). Baseball-Reference […]
Bless You Boys Jul 26, 2016

Game 101 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

Mike Pelfrey enters the lion's den of Fenway Park in search of his fourth win on the season. The Detroit Tigers offense will take on their second knuckleballer of the season on Tuesday night, as they go to work against right-hander Steven Wright. This is not a matchup that favors the Tigers. Their previous encounter with the knuckleball did not go well, and Wright is having an outstanding year. Back on July 10, the Tiger faced R.A. Dickey in Toronto, and were largely stymied. Dickey allowed just five hits and one run over seven innings. The fickleness of the knuckleball is legendary, but...
Bless You Boys Jul 26, 2016

Shane Greene is thriving in the Tigers' bullpen

The Tigers have found themselves another shutdown reliever. Who has been the Detroit Tigers’ best reliever in 2016? Well, Francisco Rodriguez is the closer and has the lowest ERA on the team at 2.70. Justin Wilson has the most strikeouts (46), the lowest FIP (1.61), and the highest fWAR total (1.5). But former starter Shane Greene makes a case for himself with the second-highest RE24 total, at 7.50. RE24* might be the best overall stat to use when looking at relievers because it takes context into consideration. A reliever can give up as many inherited runners as possible and still...
Bless You Boys Jul 26, 2016

MLB trade rumors: Tigers interested in pair of Phillies relievers

Adding another arm in the bullpen could go a long way for the Tigers. With less than a week to go until the MLB trade deadline, the odds of the Detroit Tigers making a big move continue to decrease. General manager Al Avila has already mentioned that the team is likely to continue with the roster they have, citing high asking prices and limited payroll flexibility as reasons for standing pat. Tigers fans may have gotten used to blockbuster deals in late July, but Avila seemingly has a different philosophy than his predecessor, Dave Dombrowski. Despite Avila’s public comments, it would...

Tigers need more aggressive bullpen management from Brad Ausmus

This means more four-out saves from Francisco Rodriguez, Brad. Throughout his tenure in Detroit, Tigers fans have been quick to criticize manager Brad Ausmus. While we fans cannot speak to Ausmus’ leadership qualities in the clubhouse — by far the most important aspect of a manager’s performance, in my opinion — his in-game decision-making has been extremely frustrating. Bad bullpen management, questionable lineup decisions, you name it. He hasn’t been dealt the greatest hand in top-heavy rosters with little depth, but he also hasn’t made the most of it. He got one right on...

Tigers prospect Kyle Funkhouser suffers first loss in professional ball

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, July 25, 2016. Durham Bulls 8, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box) The Mud Hens were up 2-0 after the top of the fourth inning, but a five-run frame from the Bulls was too much for a lackluster Toledo offense to handle. The Mud Hens tallied just four hits, including a solo home run from Steven Moya in the fourth. They added five walks as a team, but were unable to capitalize, going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Toledo starter Cory Riordan was roughed up in the fourth and allowed five runs in five innings of work. The...

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