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Jun 19, 2019
Which Tigers players will make the All-Star team?

Which Tigers players will make the All-Star team?

Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene are both deserving All-Stars, but will both make the team? The 2019 MLB All-Star Game is now less than three weeks away. While voting updates have been rather depressing as former Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann inches toward a starting spot, Tigers fans have been paying close attention to statistical leaderboards. Both Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene have received various amount of local and national hype this year, and in our biased opinion, both should be All-Stars. That’s not always how All-Star week works, though. The Tigers, currently sitting at a...
Jun 19, 2019
BYB Podcast, Ep. 50: Will robot umps tweet angry tweets?

BYB Podcast, Ep. 50: Will robot umps tweet angry tweets?

The staff of Bless You Boys looks at the week in Tigers news. We jokingly wanted to call this episode “The Locus of the Suck” but the vague Phillip K. Dick reference was too tempting. In this installment, we consider whether manager Ron Gardenhire is doing a good job or not, and further, whether one can even make an accurate assessment when the talent level on the field is this woeful. Still, the possibility, and maybe even the necessity of a Matt Boyd trade, has to be the pill that is hardest to swallow right now. Gardy is generally billed as a good teacher of the game, but the 2019...
Jun 19, 2019
Franklin Perez made a solid rehab start for the Flying Tigers

Franklin Perez made a solid rehab start for the Flying Tigers

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Tuesday, June 19, 2019. Toledo Mud Hens 2, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1 (box) Tim Adleman did a nice job avoiding damage on Tuesday, and the Hens’ bullpen was strong in closing out the IronPigs. Adleman struck out seven and walked four. He got into a tough two-out jam in the fourth and walked in a run, but was otherwise in good control of the game. The Hens got the run back when Willi Castro was hit by a pitch to leadoff the bottom of the inning, and after he stole second and third, Jacob Robson singled him home to tie...
Jun 18, 2019
Tigers 5, Pirates 4: Bullpen bends, breaks, but gets the win

Tigers 5, Pirates 4: Bullpen bends, breaks, but gets the win

Norris solid, offense comes alive, bullpen hangs on for wild win. After a weekend sweep at home at the hands of the Indians, the Detroit Tigers came into Pittsburgh motivated to get a win. They responded and got a much-needed W, as the offense came alive — thanks to three errors by the Pirates — and a solid start from Daniel Norris. Mitch Keller made his third career start; his first two had gone badly, and this one was not much better. Norris worked quickly in his start, setting down the Pirates in order in the first. Josh Bell took Norris deep in the bottom of the second inning with a...
Jun 18, 2019
GameThread: Tigers vs. Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

GameThread: Tigers vs. Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit Tigers (25-43) at Pittsburgh Pirates (32-39) Time/Place: 7:05 p.m., PNC ParkSB Nation site: Bucs DugoutMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, fuboTV, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio NetworkPitching Matchup: LHP Daniel Norris (2-5, 4.52 ERA) vs. RHP Mitch Keller (0-1, 15.43 ERA)
Jun 18, 2019
Game 70 Preview: Pirates at Tigers

Game 70 Preview: Pirates at Tigers

Keller has a golden chance to log his best MLB outing to date on Tuesday. Righthander Mitch Keller has been one of the top prospects in baseball over the past few years. He was a consensus top-20 prospect heading into the 2018 season, and only fell back a few spots after the Pirates refused to promote him during the year. Keller finally got the call after striking out 56 batters in 47 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, but his MLB debut did not go well. He was tagged for six runs on seven hits in four innings by the Cincinnati Reds, though he did strike out seven. After two more...
Jun 18, 2019
MLB draft 2019: Which Tigers draft picks have signed?

MLB draft 2019: Which Tigers draft picks have signed?

Here we will keep track of which Tigers draft picks have signed, and how their bonuses affect the Tigers’ pool. The Detroit Tigers signed sixth round pick Cooper Johnson to a full-slot bonus on Monday evening, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis. Johnson, a catcher from Ole Miss, is regarded as one of the top defenders in the draft. He projects as a below-average hitter, but has some raw power the Tigers are hoping he taps into at the professional level. Johnson is the fifth Tigers draft pick in the top 10 rounds to sign his professional contract. Eighth rounder Jack Kenley, a shortstop...
Jun 18, 2019
Michigan advances within one win of College World Series finals

Michigan advances within one win of College World Series finals

Tommy Henry pitched a shutout to propel the Wolverines to victory. Michigan moved to within one win of advancing to the College World Series finals with a 2-0 victory over Florida State on Monday night in Omaha, Neb. Left handed starter Tommy Henry pitched a three-hit shutout, and Detroit Tigers draftee Jimmy Kerr drove in a run for the Wolverines. Michigan now needs just one win in two chances to advance to a best-of-three series for the college baseball national championship. Outfielder Jesse Franklin opened the scoring for Michigan in the top of the first inning with a solo home run....
Jun 18, 2019
Beau Burrows rehab start with Lakeland went well on Monday

Beau Burrows rehab start with Lakeland went well on Monday

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Monday, June 17, 2019. Toledo Mud Hens (idle) The Hens will welcome in Lehigh Valley for three beginning on Tuesday. Tim Adleman is slated to take on the IronPigs’ Drew Anderson. Portland Sea Dogs 6, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box) Logan Shore and reliever Trent Szkutnik were knocked around in this one as the SeaWolves squandered an early lead on Monday night. Josh Lester cracked a two-run single in the first to put the SeaWolves up, but they wouldn’t score again until Kody Eaves’ RBI double in the sixth. In the...
Jun 17, 2019
Links: We haven’t even reached the halfway point yet

Links: We haven’t even reached the halfway point yet

A look at Nick Castellanos’ winter of discontent along with news on rehab progress and call-ups The Tigers have lost their last five series, and quite possibly none as depressing as the most recent sweep suffered at the hands of the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. We knew it was going to get ugly for the Tigers this year, and it appears as though we have arrived at the crossroads of despair and defeat. As we stare down the road to be traveled we can see one thing: the length of it. This ride is not nearly over. While we wait to find out if this team fares any better against a National...
Jun 17, 2019
What is a good trade return for Matthew Boyd?

What is a good trade return for Matthew Boyd?

The Tigers are open to trading Boyd (and others) this year. If you were GM, what would it take to pull him away? We don’t know how aggressively the Detroit Tigers are shopping Matthew Boyd this summer, but according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, Boyd is available for trade. One imagines the price is rather high, and understandably so; Boyd has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year, with peripherals that rival those of former Tigers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, among others. There are arguments to be made on both sides for either trading or keeping Boyd. Some believe that,...
Jun 17, 2019
Jake Rogers and Isaac Paredes homered in weekend action

Jake Rogers and Isaac Paredes homered in weekend action

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers farm system for Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 2019. Toledo Mud Hens 11, Norfolk Tides 4 (box) Kyle Funkhouser returned to the Mud Hens rotation and was naturally a little rusty. However, the Hens’ offense had no trouble picking him up as they blew out the Tides on Saturday. Jeimer Candelario and Jacob Robson each had three hit games, while Candelario, Jake Rogers, and Daniel Pinero each homered. Pinero has been holding his own since his promotion to Toledo, while Robson has finally perked up at the plate after a rough start...
Jun 16, 2019
Indians 8, Tigers 0: Copy + paste

Indians 8, Tigers 0: Copy + paste

This is basically the same recap as yesterday. The Detroit Tigers got their first hit earlier in this game, but the result was the same by the end of it. Detroit’s offense managed just four hits in an 8-0 loss against the Cleveland Indians, their fourth defeat in a row. It was the seventh time the Tigers have been shutout in 2019. The Indians got on the board early, scoring in the top of the first against Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull. Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis hit two-out doubles, putting the Tribe up 1-0 before Detroit’s offense came to the plate. The Tigers recorded their...
Jun 16, 2019
GameThread: Tigers vs. Indians, 1:10 p.m.

GameThread: Tigers vs. Indians, 1:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians (36-33) at Detroit Tigers (25-42) Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Comerica ParkSB Nation site: Let’s Go TribeMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, fuboTV, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio NetworkPitching Matchup: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-6, 3.71 ERA) vs. RHP Spencer Turnbull (3-5, 2.78 ERA)
Jun 16, 2019
Game 69 Preview: Indians at Tigers

Game 69 Preview: Indians at Tigers

Spencer Turnbull will try to pick up a win for the Tigers on Sunday. The Detroit Tigers aren’t supposed to win this game. Their odds of pulling out a victory, according to FiveThirtyEight, stand at just 39 percent. Mind you, this low percentage comes while playing at home — they have the second-lowest odds to win of any home team on Sunday — and, if you believe FanGraphs’ WAR calculations, with the better starting pitcher on the mound. Granted, most of us would pick Trevor Bauer over Spencer Turnbull if given the choice in a winner-take-all situation, but FiveThirtyEight gives...