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Bless You Boys Aug 19, 2017
Dodgers [huge number], Tigers [sad little number]: What else did we expect, really?

Dodgers [huge number], Tigers [sad little number]: What else did we expect, really?

A mad-libs recap, brought to you by BYB As today is the annual Bless You Boys meet-up, most of the staff will be enjoying the [type of weather] day at Comerica Park, eating some [type of junk food], and wearing their favorite [Tigers player name] jerseys, we decided to have a little fun with the recap. Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer squared off against Hyun-Jin Ryu, and seemed to be his old self for [number smaller than three] innings. Unfortunately, at the top of the third inning [Dodgers player name] swung at a [breaking pitch type] over the [top/center/bottom] of the plate and sent a...
Bless You Boys Aug 19, 2017
Sandy Baez strikes out eleven in Flying Tigers’ victory

Sandy Baez strikes out eleven in Flying Tigers’ victory

Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Friday, August 18, 2017. Toledo Mud Hens 5, Norfolk Tides 2 (box) The Mud Hens were down going into the seventh inning, but ripped off four runs to roar past the Tides on Friday. A two-run single from Omar Infante with the bases loaded was the big blow. Bruce Rondon gave up a solo shot in the eighth, but Edward Mujica locked down the ninth inning for the save. Myles Jaye gave the Hens 5 1⁄3 innings of solid one-run ball, while Blaine Hardy picked up the win from middle relief. Infante: 1-4, 3 RBI Candelario: 2-4,...
Bless You Boys Aug 18, 2017
Los Angeles 8, Detroit Tigers 5: The better team won

Los Angeles 8, Detroit Tigers 5: The better team won

Detroit played sloppily and lost the first game of the three-game series You had to assume, when you saw that the Detroit Tigers were facing the Los Angeles Dodgers, that the series would not go well for the home team. The Dodgers only hold a 19-game lead in the National League West — what could possibly go wrong? Well, it seems you assumed correctly. The Tigers dropped the opening match of the series by a score of 8-5. The Tigers got off to a decent start and drew blood in the first inning, when they notched two runs against Dodgers starter Rich Hill. But Jordan Zimmermann, starting for...
MLB Daily Dish Aug 18, 2017
MLB trade rumors: Justin Verlander talks at ‘standstill’

MLB trade rumors: Justin Verlander talks at ‘standstill’

The trade market for Tigers ace Justin Verlander seems to be at a “standstill” with just under two weeks left until the waiver deadline, sources told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Passan’s sources are saying that there are three reasons why this is happening. The first is “the lack of clarity by the Detroit Tigers on their direction.” Detroit general manager Al Avila said to Jason Beck of MLB.com during the winter that he wanted the Tigers to get younger without shelling out more cash than they have. However, the Tigers are locked-in to a ton of long-term contracts with aging...
Bless You Boys Aug 18, 2017
Tigers’ Ian Kinsler fined for comments about Angel Hernandez

Tigers’ Ian Kinsler fined for comments about Angel Hernandez

He has no regrets about speaking his mind, however. How does the old saying go? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” Had Tigers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler minded those words of wisdom after the August 14th game in Arlington, Texas, he might have a little more cash in his wallet today. Kinsler had a fair amount of choice words for umpire Angel Hernandez, who threw Kinsler out of Monday’s game thanks to a sideways glance. Kinlser, never one to shy away from saying what’s on his mind, was candid with the press afterwards. “I don’t know how,...
Bless You Boys Aug 18, 2017
Tigers place Anibal Sanchez on 10-day disabled list

Tigers place Anibal Sanchez on 10-day disabled list

JaCoby Jones has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. When Anibal Sanchez left his last start against the Texas Rangers in the third inning, it was obvious he was hurting. The official report was hamstring tightness, and now the Tigers have placed Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list as a result. 2017 has been a roller coaster season for Sanchez, who was relegated to a bullpen role early in the year only to be demoted to the Tigers minor league Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens after one too many disastrous outings. Then, a month later Sanchez was back, this time reclaiming his former role as a...
Bless You Boys Aug 18, 2017
Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with True Blue LA

Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with True Blue LA

We asked Eric Stephen about pitching, unsung heroes, and if the Tigers could maybe win one. There is no team better than the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. Their 85-34 record is exceptional, they’re 19 game ahead of their closest division rivals (currently a tie between the Rockies and Diamondbacks), and it seems as if their ticket to the World Series is already printed. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a dismal 53-67 record and have only won two of their last 10 games. The match-up seems heavily weighted in the Dodgers favor. We chatted with Eric Stephen, managing editor of True Blue LA,...
BYB midseason Tigers prospect rankings: 24-22

BYB midseason Tigers prospect rankings: 24-22

A pair of recent draftees appear on our midseason community prospect rankings. The Detroit Tigers’ 2017 season has not gone to plan, to say the least. Instead of contending for a playoff spot, they were forced to sell at the July non-waiver deadline. In doing so, they acquired a quintent of middle infield prospects with promising futures. Those new players, along with a solid 2017 draft class headlined by hard-throwing righthander Alex Faedo, have given the Tigers their deepest farm system in years. Naturally, Tigers fans are excited. In order to capitalize on that fervor, we polled our...
Bless You Boys Aug 18, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Joe Jimenez’s velocity drop is concerning

Detroit Tigers News: Joe Jimenez’s velocity drop is concerning

Just assume every outcome is positive. With the Tigers having lost 10 out of their last 12 games and anticipating the unstoppable Los Angeles Dodgers, it seemed like an appropriate time to ask the question: Are you rooting for losses and a better draft pick down the stretch, or are you scratching out every win you can for the sake of pride and fandom? Both sides have merit. You can play the optimist and hope that the young guys show something down the stretch and the veterans hold the team together. And Mikie Mahtook has been fun, right? As the Chicago Cubs had perfected, there is always...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2017
Daniel Norris hit hard in Toledo rehab start

Daniel Norris hit hard in Toledo rehab start

Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Wednesday, August 17, 2017. Charlotte Knights 8, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box) Daniel Norris’ rehab start was ugly. The left-hander surrendered four runs in just two innings of work. It didn’t get much better when the bullpen took over. The only semi-bright spot was Jairo Labourt’s two hitless innings, though he walked two to go with two strikeouts. Efren Navarro provided much of the Hens’ punch with a pair of doubles. JaCoby Jones added a pair of hits and a stolen base. Navarro: 2-5, R, RBI, 2 2B, SO Norris (L): 2.0...
Are you rooting for the Tigers to win or lose for the rest of the 2017 season?

Are you rooting for the Tigers to win or lose for the rest of the 2017 season?

Tank for a better draft pick, or make things at least somewhat watchable? The Detroit Tigers are a bad baseball team right now. Sure, they may have more talent on their roster than their 53-67 record suggests, but there is no escaping that .442 win percentage. They are 13 1⁄2 games out of first place in the AL Central, and 8 1⁄2 games behind the second wild card spot in the American League. They are only saved from last place by the lowly Chicago White Sox, who are 7-23 since the All-Star break. In other words, Detroit’s season is over. There are still 42 games remaining, though. Fans...
Tigers Den Roundtable: What are the positives from the Tigers’ 2017 season?

Tigers Den Roundtable: What are the positives from the Tigers’ 2017 season?

The 2017 season hasn’t been great, but there are a few silver linings to be found. Watching the 2017 Detroit Tigers has been an exercise in futility. On paper, they have enough talent to match up with nearly any team in the American League. If their veterans could remain healthy and productive, it’s not unreasonable to think that they could have challenged for a playoff spot — if not the still-up-for-grabs AL Central crown. Unfortunately, those veterans have been neither healthy nor productive. Victor Martinez’s OPS is under .700 now, while Miguel Cabrera is not much better at .751....
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2017
Tigers’ Warwick Saupold has somehow been good this season

Tigers’ Warwick Saupold has somehow been good this season

Advanced metrics do not love the Australian reliever, but results are results. The Detroit Tigers did not enter the 2017 season expecting to win the World Series, but their performance to date has been both surprising and disappointing. The amount of talent on the roster figured to at least keep the team in the division hunt, but many key members have under-performed. One area of the team that has been neither surprising not under-performing is the bullpen. Ranking dead last in the MLB with a 5.19 ERA and 4.91 FIP, the Tigers continue their quest to own the league’s worst relief corps...
BYB midseason Tigers prospect rankings: No. 27-25

BYB midseason Tigers prospect rankings: No. 27-25

New prospect Jose King joins a pair of pitchers on BYB’s prospect rankings. The Detroit Tigers’ 2017 season has not gone to plan, to say the least. Instead of contending for a playoff spot, they were forced to sell at the July non-waiver deadline. In doing so, they acquired a quintent of middle infield prospects with promising futures. Those new players, along with a solid 2017 draft class headlined by hard-throwing righthander Alex Faedo, have given the Tigers their deepest farm system in years. Naturally, Tigers fans are excited. In order to capitalize on that fervor, we polled our...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: It’s not safe out there for the Tigers

Detroit Tigers News: It’s not safe out there for the Tigers

As the season grinds painfully on, one particular trend continues unabated. The 2017 Detroit Tigers are a competitive team in Comerica Park. The offense gets loose. The defense is sharp. The pitching is major league quality. Yet every time they take to the road, they just seem to fall apart. Chris McCosky of the Detroit News investigated, looking to the team for answers. Of course, no can explain it. There probably is no explanation, but for a team that has a 122-120 road record over the previous three seasons, it’s odd. They’ve doomed their chances far from home this season. Jon Heyman...
Bless You Boys Aug 15, 2017
Tigers Prospect Notebook: Sam McMillan is making a good first impression

Tigers Prospect Notebook: Sam McMillan is making a good first impression

The young backstop is one of the most intriguing prospects of the Tigers’ 2017 draft class. When the Detroit Tigers nabbed prep catcher Sam McMillan with the 155th pick in June’s MLB amateur draft, I was immediately a fan. While it’s not uncommon for Detroit to opt for a backstop in the earlier rounds — recent examples include Alex Avila, James McCann, Bryan Holaday, and Kade Scivicque — McMillan's selection came as a bit of a surprise. The most prominent reason? Only two rounds earlier the Tigers had taken Joey Morgan, a catcher from the University of Washington. There is nothing...
Bless You Boys Aug 15, 2017
Matt Manning struggles as Whitecaps go down in defeat

Matt Manning struggles as Whitecaps go down in defeat

Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Monday, August 14, 2017. Binghamton Rumble Ponies 10, Erie SeaWolves 6 (box) A.J. Ladwig, and then Victor Alcantara, took their lumps over the first six innings, surrendering eight runs. Ladwig gave up three in the first inning alone, and the SeaWolves never quite caught up. Which is peculiar, because they launched five home runs in this one. Half of their hits were bombs, and yet only once was someone on base. Dawel Lugo, Mike Gerber, Grayson Greiner, Christin Stewart—number 25—and A.J. Simcox all cracked a long...
Bless You Boys Aug 15, 2017
Detroit Tigers news: Bruce Rondon got the demotion he deserved

Detroit Tigers news: Bruce Rondon got the demotion he deserved

On Sunday I wrote that I was sick and tired of Bruce Rondon. It’s not just the lack of results, it’s the attitude that came with it — a man who didn’t learn from being sent home from the team early and who pulled off such an idiotic move in hitting Mike Moustakas with a pitch in July that the rest of his teammates distanced themselves from it. There’s no place for that as a professional. On Monday, Free Press beat writer Anthony Fenech wrote his own piece, saying he thinks Rondon should be out of chances. The Tigers have tried to send messages to Rondon over the years and were...
Bless You Boys Aug 14, 2017
Rangers 6, Tigers 2: Maybe Fulmer needed a rehab assignment

Rangers 6, Tigers 2: Maybe Fulmer needed a rehab assignment

Fulmer wasn’t sharp, and the offense couldn’t overcome Angel Hernandez’ strikezone. Michael Fulmer looked rather rusty in his return from the disabled list. He got knocked around a bit early, compounding it with unforced errors and his team couldn’t pick him up, falling 6-2 to the Texas Rangers on Monday. The game started off well, but with a harbinger of things to come. Ian Kinsler received a brutal strike call on a ball low and well off the plate from umpire Angel Hernandez in the first at bat of the game. Forced to protect a strike zone that, against him particularly, suddenly...
Bless You Boys Aug 14, 2017
Injuries take their toll on the Tigers’ season

Injuries take their toll on the Tigers’ season

Miguel Cabrera will miss another game. There’s no such thing as an injury free season, and the Tigers certainly aren’t alone in the ongoing plague of injuries that haunt their clubhouse. But going into tonight’s first game against the Texas Rangers, the Tigers will be short one key player. Both Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera sat out Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, and while Kinsler is still feeling sore after his hit-by-pitch from Saturday’s game, he’ll be returning to the lineup Monday. Cabrera, however, will not be. The first-baseman, who has been showing signs of...

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