6:06 PM EDT, Wed August 15, 2018
1 hour ago
White Sox 6, Tigers 5: Hope you didn’t skip work

White Sox 6, Tigers 5: Hope you didn’t skip work

Tigers lost, but there was still fun stuff happening Losing is not fun, but at the same time there’s losing and looking like you don’t care, and losing but still looking like you tried. The latter was the case for the Tigers today, as they showed genuine hustle throughout the game, right down to the final outs of the ninth inning. What went right? Well Nicholas Castellanos continues to look hot, with two hits in today’s game, a walk, a run, and two RBIs. Mikie Mahtook made an A+ over the wall catch in left field that robbed a fan of a souvenir but scored a nice out for the team. He...
5 hours ago
GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

Jordan Zimmermann takes on Carlos Rodon in the series finale between the Tigers and White Sox. Chicago White Sox (43-76) at Detroit Tigers (50-70) Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Comerica ParkSB Nation site: South Side SoxMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio NetworkPitching Matchup: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 2.61 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 3.98 ERA)
8 hours ago
Links: Victor Martinez makes wishes come true

Links: Victor Martinez makes wishes come true

The Tigers’ DH helped a young boy realize a dream For an eight-year-old Panamanian boy, this week marked the realization of a four-year dream. Eric Rojas was only four years old when he fought to save his own life against Hodgkins Lymphoma, and the whole time he did it, he had a mission in mind: meeting his baseball hero Victor Martinez. This week, the Make-A-Wish foundation helped young Eric make that dream a reality, by flying the Rojas family to Detroit for a chance to meet his idol. Martinez even signed a bat for the emotional boy, writing in Spanish, “For my great friend with much...
9 hours ago
Game 121 Preview: White Sox at Tigers

Game 121 Preview: White Sox at Tigers

A recent rough patch appears to be short-lived, as Zimmermann is coming off two solid outings. Those who have read these previews consistently this season should remember that I haven’t really known what to think of Jordan Zimmermann this year. The 32-year-old righthander has put up excellent strikeout and walk numbers all season long. His 4.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio is his best since 2014, and the second-best of his entire career. Advanced metrics like FIP and xFIP don’t like him quite as much as they did earlier in the year, but his results have been much more volatile than his...
11 hours ago
Fulmer rehabs, Faedo gets clobbered again

Fulmer rehabs, Faedo gets clobbered again

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Syracuse Chiefs 7, Toledo Mud Hens 6 (box) Jacob Turner struggled a bit in a four inning start on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four Chiefs. He left with a 4-2 lead, and while the offense tacked on a few more runs, the bullpen couldn’t hold it. Dawel Lugo had the biggest hit of the game for Toledo, knocking an opposite field single to score Christin Stewart and take a one-run lead in the eighth. Stewart: 2-4, R, 3B, BB Lugo: 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI,...
19 hours ago
White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Its Victor Martinez’s world, and we’re all just living in it

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Its Victor Martinez’s world, and we’re all just living in it

Victor was doing things he has never done before [citation needed]. The Detroit Tigers and left-handed reliever turned workhorse starter Blaine Hardy faced the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Tuesday. Hardy suffered from early sloppy defense to take a tough luck loss, 6-3, as the bats wasted prime opportunities late in the game. A lot of runs were scored in the first inning. Tim Anderson started the game with a double off Hardy, and then a walk and two singles would give the White Sox an early one run lead. Then, an absolute breakdown in fundamentals allowed a routine sacrifice fly to...
20 hours ago
Check out Niko Goodrum’s Jose Iglesias impression

Check out Niko Goodrum’s Jose Iglesias impression

This is a heck of a catch. We’ve seen a mixed bag out of Niko Goodrum’s defense this season. While he grades out below average as a second baseman, his overall athleticism shows up to dazzle from time to time. When a pop-up is lobbed into shallow left field, one expects shortstop Jose Iglesias to be the one hauling it in with his patented over the shoulder grab. This one went a little differently. Buck Farmer got Avisail Garcia with a fastball riding in on his hands. Garcia fought it off, and looked to have dumped a cheap single onto the outfield grass. But then Niko Goodrum happened....
Aug 14, 2018
Victor Alcantara is quietly having a breakout season

Victor Alcantara is quietly having a breakout season

Alternate title: the Tigers actually won the Cameron Maybin trade. Remember when the Detroit Tigers traded Cameron Maybin on the first day of the offseason following the 2016 season? People were not happy. Maybin was the only center fielder on the roster at the time, and had a reasonable $9 million team option remaining on his contract. Rather than pay that money plus the associated luxury tax penalty, the Tigers instead shipped him to the Los Angeles Angels, where he enjoyed a very Cameron Maybin season — the numbers were okay, and then he got hurt. That trade riled so many people up...
Aug 14, 2018
Month-long skid from Nicholas Castellanos torpedoed his breakout

Month-long skid from Nicholas Castellanos torpedoed his breakout

The Tigers right fielder has been ice cold since the All-Star break, but it’s all part of who he is at the plate Monday night’s five-hit performance against the Chicago White Sox from Nicholas Castellanos, was a sight for sore eyes. An already feeble offensive unit has completely bottomed out with the Tigers’ right fielder lost at the plate over the past month. Castellanos posted a decent series with four hits, including a home run, against the Los Angeles Angels last week and then struggled a bit with Minnesota Twins pitching over the weekend. He’s not out of the woods just yet,...
Aug 14, 2018
Game 120 Preview: White Sox at Tigers

Game 120 Preview: White Sox at Tigers

With so many games against the rest of the AL Central coming up, the Tigers might pick up a few more W’s in the coming weeks. The Detroit Tigers are not going to make the playoffs. Shocker, I know. With almost two months remaining in the regular season, many fans have already resorted to the same mentality they held last August and September: lose as many games as possible to help improve draft position. Here’s my analysis: losing sucks. While it may be in the organization’s best interest to all but forfeit their remaining 43 games and grab their second consecutive No. 1 overall pick,...
Aug 14, 2018
The Detroit Tigers have terrible plate discipline

The Detroit Tigers have terrible plate discipline

Stop swinging at everything! It is no secret the Detroit Tigers are not a great offensive team. As a club, they are hitting .240/.297/.376. They are one of two MLB teams with an on-base percentage below .300, and their 81 wRC+ ranks dead last in the majors, tied with the Miami Marlins. The Tigers have averaged 3.81 runs/game, second-to-last in the American League, just ahead of the Kansas City Royals’ 3.65 runs/game. It has been even worse lately. Since June 19, the game that started their 11-game losing streak, the Tigers are averaging 3.22 runs/game and are hitting .221/.276/.335 in...
Aug 14, 2018
Flying Tigers offense erupts to back Anthony Castro

Flying Tigers offense erupts to back Anthony Castro

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Monday, August 13, 2018. Toledo Mud Hens 1, Syracuse Chiefs 0 (box) Warwick Saupold and the Hens blanked a solid Bisons lineup featuring Washington Nationals prospect Victor Robles on Monday. The Toledo offense had a rough night, though, leading to a tense pitching duel. It was Chad Huffman who came through with a solo shot in the seventh inning to break the deadlock, and Zac Reininger continued his strong run of late with two innings of no-hit ball to earn the save. Huffman: 1-3, HR, R, RBIEspinal: 1-3, 2B,...
Aug 14, 2018
Links: Let’s talk about September call-ups

Links: Let’s talk about September call-ups

Manager Ron Gardenhire played coy with the media when asked about possible call-ups. We’re still more than two weeks away from September 1, when MLB rosters expand for the final month of the regular season. However, that didn’t stop the media from asking Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire about who we may and may not see make the trip up I-75 on (or around) the first of the month. Gardenhire danced around the question, saying “roster space is kind of dicey.” This one didn’t make sense — the whole point of this exercise is that roster space isn’t dicey — but I’ll let the...
Aug 13, 2018
Tigers 9, White Sox 5: Good dogs, good win

Tigers 9, White Sox 5: Good dogs, good win

Nicholas Castellanos led the way with five hits as the Tigers erased a 3-0 deficit in a win over the White Sox. Tonight was Bark at the Park at Comerica Park. Thankfully, Nicholas Castellanos and the Tigers’ bats were more bite than bark tonight, as they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 9-5. The Tigers are now 9-1 against the White Sox in 2018. Let’s make this clear: tonight was the Nicholas Castellanos Show. He singled in the first inning, launched a double in the fourth inning and scored a run, contributed a second double in the fifth inning which knocked in a run to give the team a...
Aug 13, 2018
GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Artie Lewicki makes his third start of the year, this one against Reynaldo Lopez and the White Sox. Chicago White Sox (42-75) at Detroit Tigers (49-69) Time/Place: 7:10 p.m., Comerica ParkSB Nation site: South Side SoxMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio NetworkPitching Matchup: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.30 ERA) vs. RHP Artie Lewicki (0-2, 4.76 ERA) Gameday reading Preview: Let’s try that fifth starter thing again Recap: Tigers honor Jack Morris with a Sunday ‘W’ Tigers retire Jack Morris’ No. 47 Podcast: Former Tiger Andy Dirks joins the show! Links: Morris gets his...