6:33 PM EDT, Tue October 16, 2018
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Are the 2018 Astros better than the 2013 Tigers?

Are the 2018 Astros better than the 2013 Tigers?

Both teams seemed built to win when they faced the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Back in 2013, fresh off a trip to the World Series, the Tigers seemed poised to take another run at victory. They had a remarkable season, handily winning the AL Central, and had one of the greatest pitching staffs in modern history on hand: Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer (who won the Cy Young that year in his breakout season), Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello, and Doug Fister. These were players at the peak of their game, it seemed, and with the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder at the plate every night,...
8 hours ago
How are the Tigers’ prospects doing in the Arizona Fall League?

How are the Tigers’ prospects doing in the Arizona Fall League?

Daz Cameron is off to a solid start, and we’re analyzing small samples everywhere. Few prospects in the Detroit Tigers system had as much momentum ending this season as did Daz Cameron. While the small stint he served in Triple-A Toledo didn’t tell us much, his successes with the Lakeland Flying Tigers and at Double-A Erie were demonstrative of rapidly improving skill. His potential as a producer on both sides of the ball could make him the best two-way player Detroit has seen since Ian Kinsler’s prime. Cameron is aware of the momentum that he’s carrying into Arizona Fall League...
22 hours ago
NLCS Open Thread: Brewers vs. Dodgers

NLCS Open Thread: Brewers vs. Dodgers

The NLCS moves out west as the Dodgers and Brewers battle in a pivotal Game 3. Milwaukee Brewers (96-67) at Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71) Time/Place: 7:39 p.m., Dodger StadiumSeries: 1-1SB Nation sites: Brew Crew Ball and True Blue LAMedia: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports GoPitching Matchup: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA) vs. RHP Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA)
Oct 15, 2018
Remembering some great Tigers October moments

Remembering some great Tigers October moments

Warm up with some walk-offs October can be hard when your team is out of contention. For the 2018 Tigers, there was never much hope of a playoff dream, but the team has had a storied history of October baseball memories, which we can look back on to keep us warm on these chilly autumn nights. This week, and October 14 specifically, are huge moments in Tigers lore, and for fans of the team, two major events will stick out from Octobers past. Most recently, on October 14, 2006, only three years removed from their disastrous 2003 campaign, the Tigers hopes of returning to their first World...
Oct 15, 2018
A discussion on whether to trade a starting pitcher this winter

A discussion on whether to trade a starting pitcher this winter

The BYB staff decided to talk about trading for prospects, so we’re sharing that with the rest of you. Normally, we here at Bless You Boys try to pump the breaks on rumor discussion and free agency dreams in October. While the 2018 season wasn’t exactly an exciting one for the Detroit Tigers, it’s still important to look back at the year that was before moving forward. Plus, the winter is a lot longer than you think. If we blow through everything in October, this place will be a ghost town from November to March. People talk, though. This includes our staff, which got into a...
Oct 15, 2018
The Tigers’ starting rotation was better than you think

The Tigers’ starting rotation was better than you think

Detroit’s starters allowed fewer runs, walks, and hits compared to 2017, but lacked an ace. The Detroit Tigers’ starting pitching rotation showed improvement from 2017 to 2018 in some areas, while they regressed in others. Unlike the team’s league-worst batting lineup, their starting rotation ranked closer to the middle of the pack in most statistical categories. However, the difference may not mean a whole lot in terms of the future of the team. This is so for two reasons. First, the Tigers traded away Mike Fiers, who was arguably their best starting pitcher, and there is no...
Oct 15, 2018
Tigers Links doesn’t like all them strikeouts

Tigers Links doesn’t like all them strikeouts

The Tigers’ groin surgery epidemic continues. Also, Ron Gardenhire doesn’t like strikeouts. Hello, and good Monday morning to you, reader. We’re down to four teams in the playoffs, and if this weekend proved nothing else, it showed that the Milwaukee Brewers are actually beatable in the playoffs. If you are still on the fence about who you should be rooting for or why, you have a variety of reasons to root for any team. Actually, you have nine really good ones. With four teams left, there are nine former Tigers still playing baseball. That’s a neat stat, but mostly just makes me...
Oct 14, 2018
ALCS Open Thread: Astros vs. Red Sox

ALCS Open Thread: Astros vs. Red Sox

Gerrit Cole and the Astros will look to take a 2-0 series lead while David Price needs to silence his playoff demons. Houston Astros (103-59) at Boston Red Sox (108-54) Time/Place: 7:09 p.m., Fenway ParkSeries: 1-0, HoustonSB Nation sites: The Crawfish Boxes and Over the MonsterMedia: TBS, TBS.comPitching Matchup: RHP Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.88 ERA) vs. LHP David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA)
Oct 13, 2018
Playoff Saturday Open Thread

Playoff Saturday Open Thread

Better late than never. Happy JV Day! Yeah, this is late. Sorry about that. We were all busy celebrating Paul Simon’s birthday with an acoustic guitar sing-along. But this Dodgers-Brewers game is a real nailbiter, isn’t it? Anyway, later on... ALCS Game 1: Series: 0-0 (obviously) Where and When: Fenway Park, 8:07 pm EDT SB Nation sites: The Crawfish Boxes (HOU) and Over the Monster (BOS) Matchup: RHP Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA) vs. LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) Media: TBS JV vs. Sale... strap in, folks!
Oct 12, 2018
NLCS Open Thread: Dodgers vs. Brewers

NLCS Open Thread: Dodgers vs. Brewers

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers take on the red-hot Brewers at Miller Park to kick off the 2018 NLCS. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71) at Milwaukee Brewers (96-67) Time/Place: 8:09 p.m., Miller ParkSeries: 0-0SB Nation sites: True Blue LA and Brew Crew BallMedia: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports GoPitching Matchup: LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (10-11, 4.21 ERA)
Oct 12, 2018
Let’s speculate about new Tigers TV announcers

Let’s speculate about new Tigers TV announcers

There is a vacancy in the Fox Sports Detroit booth, so let’s fill it with someone good. The Detroit Tigers need new television announcers. We’ve known this ever since Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reported that longtime announcers Rod Allen and Mario Impemba would not return to Fox Sports Detroit broadcasts in 2019. Normally, we would wait a little while before trying to find successors for Allen and Impemba. Fox Sports Detroit has not yet officially announced that the two will not be back next season, and it’s very hard to speculate on which announcers would be...
Oct 12, 2018
Links: The 1968 World Series was won this week

Links: The 1968 World Series was won this week

The 50th anniversary of the Tigers’ third championship occurred on Wednesday. The Detroit Tigers won Game 7 of the 1968 World Series on October 10, 1968. It was an exciting 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, one that stayed scoreless for six innings until Jim Northrup lined a two-run triple over the head of Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood. The Tigers added a couple of insurance runs, and starter Mickey Lolich shut things down from there to earn his third win of the series. We linked to a quick piece about the 1968 championship team on Wednesday, but there are more goodies to...
Oct 11, 2018
Stewart, Zimmermann undergo core muscle repair surgery

Stewart, Zimmermann undergo core muscle repair surgery

Both players had surgery with Dr. William Meyers, who is becoming all too familiar to Tigers fans. It’s usually not a good thing when a surgeon becomes a household name among a team’s fanbase. This is becoming the case for the Detroit Tigers, who announced that both Christin Stewart and Jordan Zimmermann underwent core muscle repair surgery with Dr. William Meyers, a specialist in Philadelphia. Dr. Meyers has operated on several Tigers in recent years, including Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Justin Verlander. The surgery isn’t a huge surprise for Stewart, who missed the final...
Oct 11, 2018
2018 Tigers player review: James McCann

2018 Tigers player review: James McCann

McCann improved defensively, but his bat fell off a cliff this season. It’s funny to look back at how fans reacted when James McCann was first breaking into the major leagues. Normally, they will over-hype the prospect in question, especially when their favorite team’s farm system is as bad as Detroit’s was at the time. However, expectations for McCann were surprisingly measured — around here, at least. Alex Avila was still the unquestioned starter at that point, with most simply hoping McCann could spell him enough to keep the veteran backstop healthy. As it turns out, we were...
Oct 11, 2018
The 1908 World Series had the best coverage

The 1908 World Series had the best coverage

These cartoon updates from the Cubs-Tigers series are amazing The time leading up to the 1908 World Series was a thrilling experience for baseball fans. The defending champion Chicago Cubs would be taking on the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 series, which had been won by the Cubs. This was the first time in World Series history that two teams would have a rematch. The 1908 series is remarkable for another reason: it was the last time the Cubs would win a World Series for 108 years, until they finally bested the Cleveland Indians in 2016. As for the series itself, it ended up...