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Jun 16, 2018
Game 72 Preview: Tigers at White Sox

Game 72 Preview: Tigers at White Sox

Zimmermann’s return helps fill a void in the Tigers’ rotation, but for how long? It has been over a month since Jordan Zimmermann threw a pitch for the Detroit Tigers. He was surprisingly placed on the disabled list in early May with a shoulder impingement injury, and has been rehabbing ever since. The Tigers have hardly missed a beat in his absence, going 20-19 while he was on the shelf. The starting rotation has been a strength as well; Blaine Hardy stepped into Zimmermann’s role and has been one of the best starters in baseball. Now, with both Zimmermann and Francisco Liriano set...
Jun 15, 2018
Game 71 Preview: Twins at Tigers

Game 71 Preview: Twins at Tigers

We’re entering mid-June, and the rebuilding Tigers are still only 4 1⁄2 games back. Several times this season, we have said something along the lines of “enjoy this early run by the Tigers, because it won’t last.” Fans have acted in a similar way, celebrating each win with a zeal this fanbase hasn’t seen in over a decade. But for all the talk of “they won’t stay in contention,” we now find the Tigers just 4 1⁄2 games out of first place on June 15. The Cleveland Indians still have yet to run away with the division, and the Minnesota Twins are not the contenders many...
Jun 14, 2018
Game 70 Preview: Twins at Tigers

Game 70 Preview: Twins at Tigers

Fulmer has struggled recently, but is coming off a solid outing against the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. No matter how you slice it, we haven’t seen the best of Michael Fulmer this season. The 25-year-old righthander starter the season out like his usual self, generating weak contact and eating innings en route to a 2.80 ERA in his first six starts. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse in May. Fulmer started striking out more hitters, but also started walking more batters than at any point in his young MLB career. He gave up 24 runs in 31 1⁄3 innings over his next six...
Jun 13, 2018
Game 69 Preview: Twins at Tigers

Game 69 Preview: Twins at Tigers

The Tigers have 94 games remaining this season without Cabrera in the lineup. Even though the Tigers are not expected to contend this season — they fell back into third place after Tuesday’s loss to the Twins — losing Miguel Cabrera for the rest of the season is a huge blow. Cabrera is one of few veterans remaining from a team that was expected to contend as recently as last season, and has seemingly embraced more of a clubhouse leader role. Sure, he was fairly moody with the media recently, but that seemed to be a product of him itching to get back onto the field. With Cabrera now...
Jun 10, 2018
Game 67 Preview: Tigers vs. Indians

Game 67 Preview: Tigers vs. Indians

This seems... unfair. Artie Lewicki is one of the best pitchers in the world. By virtue of simply being in the major leagues, Lewicki has reached a pinnacle of the sport that few ever will. And while his MLB career hasn’t gotten off to the hottest start, he is still only 26 years old and (hopefully) has a lot of baseball ahead of him. But if we narrow our scope a bit, Lewicki isn’t anywhere near the pitcher Corey Kluber is. The Indians’ ace is the reigning AL Cy Young winner, and is off to the hottest start of his career in 2018. He was given the Best Pitcher in Baseball moniker back...
Jun 9, 2018
Game 66 Preview: Tigers vs. Indians

Game 66 Preview: Tigers vs. Indians

Fiers has been one of Detroit’s most reliable starters this year, even if the stats say it won’t last. Not too long ago, the Mike Fiers train looked like it was skidding off the tracks. He gave up five runs on six hits in just four innings against the lowly Kansas City Royals on May 3, ballooning his ERA to 5.00. While Fiers had been solid before that, every other stat in the book indicated that this was simply a mirage. That performance at Kauffman Stadium in early May looked like the start of some ugly regression for a pitcher entering the twilight of his career. Instead, Fiers has...
Jun 7, 2018
Game 64 Preview: Tigers at Red Sox

Game 64 Preview: Tigers at Red Sox

The Tigers have looked like a rebuilding team through two games in Boston, where they have played much better in recent years. Quick, what’s the Tigers’ record at Fenway Park over the past five years? While it may seem like Detroit has struggled in Boston for time immemorial, they have actually held their own in Beantown over the past several years. In fact, they were downright dominant prior to this year. From 2014 to 2017, the Tigers posted an 8-4 record against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, including a pair of sweeps. Tigers fans will remember the 2014 sweep that improved the team’s...
Jun 6, 2018
Game 63 Preview: Tigers at Red Sox

Game 63 Preview: Tigers at Red Sox

Hardy is in search of his third game of the year as the Tigers battle the red-hot Red Sox. I’m still amazed by what Blaine Hardy has been able to do this season. Sure, it has only been four starts — and four starts against fairly mediocre offenses, to boot — but Hardy has successfully transitioned from the bullpen to the rotation. Better yet, he has done so at 31 years old with a fastball that barely scrapes 90 miles per hour. Even better still is that Hardy has figured out how to be more efficient. He threw just 85 pitches in his dominant seven-inning outing against the Chicago White...
Jun 6, 2018
Roundtable: Which draft pick are you most excited about?

Roundtable: Which draft pick are you most excited about?

The BYB staff discusses the Tigers’ first 10 picks in the 2018 MLB draft. The MLB draft isn’t quite over yet, but after two days and 10 rounds, all of the important picks are in the books. The Detroit Tigers have made their first 10 picks, including Auburn righthander Casey Mize with the No. 1 overall pick. While Mize is clearly the top prospect the Tigers have landed so far — and probably the top one in their system now, too — the rest of Detroit’s draft has been very intriguing. We’ll have more analysis on each pick elsewhere on the site, but let’s first get a quick overview...
Jun 6, 2018
The Tigers are finally aiming for upside in the MLB draft

The Tigers are finally aiming for upside in the MLB draft

The Tigers are finally aiming for upside in the MLB draft. “Process over results.” This is a common refrain you will hear in baseball circles, especially those based in analytics. Baseball is a game rife with randomness, and even the best-laid plans can often go array. A hitter may make excellent contact and hit a sharp line drive, but if it goes right to a fielder, it’s still an out. A pitcher may execute that fastball inside or down and away, and still get beat. But, given enough chances with the right approach — the right process — a player will find success. This draft could...
Jun 5, 2018
MLB Draft Day 2: Who’s still available?

MLB Draft Day 2: Who’s still available?

The Tigers have the first pick of Day 2, and an entire draft board’s worth of picks to target. The Detroit Tigers had a strong first day of the 2018 MLB draft, grabbing top prospect Casey Mize and talented prep outfielder Parker Meadows. While some fans hoped for other players at No. 1 overall, few are truly disappointed with the team’s strategy so far. Other national pundits have praised their efforts so far, including ESPN’s Keith Law. But there is still work to be done. The Tigers have 38 more picks remaining in the 2018 MLB draft, including the first pick of the Day 2 proceedings,...
Jun 4, 2018
Tigers draft OF Parker Meadows with No. 44 overall pick

Tigers draft OF Parker Meadows with No. 44 overall pick

The Georgia prep outfielder is the younger brother of Pirates top prospect Austin Meadows. The Detroit Tigers selected Georgia high school outfielder Parker Meadows with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft on Monday evening. Meadows is an athletic player who projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder. He is the younger brother of Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows. The Tigers were closely linked with the younger Meadows throughout the draft cycle. FanGraphs’ prospect team noted that the Tigers were scouting Meadows earlier in the draft cycle, and that the...
Jun 4, 2018
MLB draft: Tigers select RHP Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

MLB draft: Tigers select RHP Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

As expected, the Tigers have selected Auburn’s ace with the top overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft. The Detroit Tigers have selected right-handed pitcher Casey Mize with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Mize, a 21-year-old junior from Auburn, is widely considered the best prospect in the 2018 draft class. For those that have followed the current draft cycle, this pick comes as no surprise. Mize quickly established himself as the top prospect in the class with a dominant spring, and his status has not wavered over the last few weeks leading up to the draft. He currently has a...
Jun 4, 2018
2018 MLB draft / Tigers vs. Yankees open thread

2018 MLB draft / Tigers vs. Yankees open thread

Between the MLB draft and a doubleheader with the Yankees, Monday is a packed day for Tigers baseball. We have a full day of baseball ahead of us, so why not talk about all of it all day long? Who needs work, right? How to watch Day 1 of the MLB draft Time: 7:00 p.m.TV: MLB Network (6:00 p.m. preview show, 7:00 p.m. draft coverage)Stream: MLB.comRounds: 1-3, plus the compensation and competitive balance rounds New York Yankees (37-17) at Detroit Tigers (28-31) Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., Comerica ParkSB Nation site: Pinstripe AlleyMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB Network (Game 1...
Jun 4, 2018
Doubleheader Preview: Yankees at Tigers

Doubleheader Preview: Yankees at Tigers

Oh yeah, there’s baseball today! Rather than do a full preview for Monday’s doubleheader against the Yankees when everyone’s attention will be elsewhere — not to mention possibly getting burned by last-minute changes in the pitching matchups — I figured I would throw together a few notes about the Tigers’ two draft day games against the Bronx Bombers. The traditional preview layout will be below, but let’s get into a few things we’ll be watching for between draft picks. Luis Severino has morphed into a bonafide hellbeast. He has a 2.31 ERA this year, gaudy strikeout and...

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