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Tigers vs. Twins Preview: Where have you gone, Daniel Norris?

Tigers vs. Twins Preview: Where have you gone, Daniel Norris?

Norris will make his first start of the second half (yeah, seriously) on Friday. If you are looking for a player to blame* for the Tigers’ struggles in 2017, one might argue that a finger or two should be pointed at Daniel Norris. The 24-year-old lefthander entered this season with the hype train at full speed. A lot of people (myself included) predicted a breakout year for Mr. Norris after a strong finish to the 2016 season. Suffice to say, that didn’t happen. Norris scuffled along for most of April and May, pitching just well enough to keep the Tigers in most games. He didn’t wow...
Sep 21, 2017
Twins 12, Tigers 1: The Tigers lost by a lot again

Twins 12, Tigers 1: The Tigers lost by a lot again

It was bad. The Detroit Tigers have six seasons with 100 or more losses in their 117 year history. If they aren’t careful, they might make it seven. The Tigers were trounced again on Thursday, providing little resistance to a Minnesota Twins team fighting for playoff position in a 12-1 blowout at Comerica Park. Worse yet, the Tigers actually led in this game. Starter Jordan Zimmermann began the game with three scoreless innings, allowing just a Joe Mauer single and a walk to catcher Jason Castro. Detroit then took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double from Jeimer Candelario, scoring Jose...
Sep 21, 2017
Tigers vs. Twins Preview: It’s time to play spoiler

Tigers vs. Twins Preview: It’s time to play spoiler

Screw the Twins. Let’s knock them out of the playoffs. For the last few weeks, many people on this site — myself included, to a certain extent — have been championing the Tigers’ drive towards a higher pick in next year’s MLB draft. There are plenty of benefits to this pseudo-tanking. A higher pick generally results in a better prospect, though one or two spots might not make a big difference. The Tigers would also receive more bonus pool money for a higher pick, which can pay dividends later in the draft. The more games the Tigers lose right now, the better off they will be...
Sep 20, 2017
Athletics 3, Tigers 2: Bats fall silent in Anibal Sanchez’s likely final home start

Athletics 3, Tigers 2: Bats fall silent in Anibal Sanchez’s likely final home start

Sanchez pitched well enough for the win, but his teammates couldn’t pick up the slack. For the second game in a row, Anibal Sanchez harkened back to his glory days, pitching well enough to deliver the Detroit Tigers a win. After striking out 11 White Sox hitters last Friday, Sanchez fanned eight Oakland Athletics in six strong innings on Wednesday. Despite only allowing one run, Sanchez was handed the loss in his likely final home start at Comerica Park. Detroit tacked on a couple of late runs, but dropped their series finale against Oakland, 3-2. Sanchez looked like his old self for most...
Sep 20, 2017
Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Offense still isn’t Detroit’s problem

Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Offense still isn’t Detroit’s problem

Even after injuries and trades, the Tigers are still scoring runs. Given everything their offense has gone through this year, the Detroit Tigers have no business scoring runs. They traded J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton, players who combined for 44 home runs and 5.6 fWAR in 182 games for Detroit this season. They lost Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez to injuries for long stretches of the season. Cabrera and Victor Martinez have also had their offensive production sapped by those injuries; both are below replacement level players for the season, and neither has even been a league...
Sep 19, 2017
Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Let’s talk about the MLB draft again

Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Let’s talk about the MLB draft again

Because this game isn’t really all that exciting. I don’t have anything to say about this game. Chad Bell has been the very definition of replacement level for the Tigers this season, posting unremarkable strikeout and walk rates as a rotation fill-in down the stretch. He was mildly intriguing as a long relief option out of the bullpen, but his numbers have fallen off considerably after that early honeymoon period. A’s rookie starter Daniel Gossett is your run-of-the-mill back-end starter, and we’ll discuss him a bit more below. So, let’s talk about the 2018 MLB draft (again). The...
Sep 18, 2017
Athletics 8, Tigers 3: Pitching fails Detroit yet again in loss

Athletics 8, Tigers 3: Pitching fails Detroit yet again in loss

The Tigers have allowed eight runs or more in 35 games this season. At least it’s almost over. The Detroit Tigers kicked off the penultimate week of the season with another loss on Monday, this one an 8-3 defeat to the Oakland Athletics. Buck Farmer was roughed up for five runs (four earned) on six hits in just 2 2⁄3 innings, resulting in his fourth loss of the year. Farmer’s struggles started early. A’s leadoff hitter Marcus Semien singled up the middle to start the game, and the A’s were up 1-0 just two batters later thanks to a double from Jed Lowrie. Khris Davis added a third...
Sep 18, 2017
Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Buck Farmer has quietly improved in 2017

Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Buck Farmer has quietly improved in 2017

Farmer and the Tigers kick off a series against Oakland on Monday. A couple weeks ago, I harkened back to Buck Farmer’s first two starts of 2017. It was almost a punch line of sorts, pointing out just how long and arduous this Tigers season has felt. Buck pitched well in those outings, even leading some to wonder if he should stay in the Tigers’ rotation. Unfortunately, he answered that question rather emphatically in his next two outings, allowing a combined 13 runs in 4 2⁄3 innings. Relative to his career numbers, the second pair of starts seemed more familiar. Farmer entered the...
Sep 16, 2017
Tigers vs. White Sox Preview: Better days are ahead for the Tigers

Tigers vs. White Sox Preview: Better days are ahead for the Tigers

The White Sox are entering the exciting part of their rebuild right now. This season has not been fun for the Detroit Tigers or their fans. The team has struggled on the field, falling well below .500 even before they started selling off their top talent for prospects. Things have gotten worse since their last two deals; the Tigers are just 3-12 in September with more than twice as many runs allowed (105) as runs scored (50). Things may look bleak now, but the team across the diamond is living proof that better days are ahead. The White Sox have fared even worse than the Tigers on the field...
Sep 15, 2017
Watch Kevin Kiermaier make a ridiculous catch for the Rays

Watch Kevin Kiermaier make a ridiculous catch for the Rays

He doesn’t play for the Tigers. We don’t care. Watch this. Sometimes, you just have to recognize greatness. Kevin Kiermaier isn’t a Tigers player, though we wish he were. He made a ridiculous catch for the Tampa — oh hell just watch this. Dude...Kevin Kiermaier isn't human.Some sorta alien wizard.There's no way he should even get to this ball never mind catch it. #BOSvsTB pic.twitter.com/onGvzoDRQg— KristapsRobinson (@CarlosDngrfield) September 16, 2017 This is ridiculous and you should be glad it is in your life now.
Sep 15, 2017
Former Tigers watch: J.D. Martinez hit yet another home run for the Diamondbacks

Former Tigers watch: J.D. Martinez hit yet another home run for the Diamondbacks

It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point. With the Detroit Tigers struggling something fierce as we head down the stretch, we Tigers fans need something else to entertain ourselves. The minor league season is over and we don’t want to watch football, so we’re turning to the next best thing: other baseball. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be checking in on our old friends as they make a push towards the 2017 postseason (now with standings!). Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Colorado Rockies 0 (box) J.D. Martinez hit another home run for the D’Backs, and Zack Godley worked eight...
Sep 15, 2017
Tigers vs. White Sox Preview: The Tigers are the worst team in the American League (right now)

Tigers vs. White Sox Preview: The Tigers are the worst team in the American League (right now)

Detroit will probably be in last place by the end of this series. Before the 2017 season began, we pointed at the Chicago White Sox as one reason why the Tigers could potentially make up ground on other AL Wild Card contenders in other divisions. With the White Sox and either the Minnesota Twins or Kansas City Royals potentially destined for the AL Central cellar, the Tigers would hypothetically have been able to pad their résumé with a few more easy wins. Instead, the tables were turned and the Tigers became the bottom feeder. However, for most of the year, the White Sox served as...
Sep 15, 2017
Detroit Tigers Mailbag: The rebuild might take longer than you think

Detroit Tigers Mailbag: The rebuild might take longer than you think

Don’t plan that 2020 World Series parade just yet. For all the excitement the Justin Verlander and Justin Upton trades provided at the end of August, the last two weeks have been a harsh reminder of how painful the rebuilding process can be. The Detroit Tigers are just 2-12 since those two trades, and have been outscored by a whopping 56 runs. They won’t be this bad going forward — Miguel Cabrera will improve and Michael Fulmer will be healty next year — but the baseball generally won’t be pleasant to watch. There will be prospect-y stuff to distract us during most of the baseball...
Sep 14, 2017
Tigers Den Roundtable: Who is the Tigers’ most exciting new prospect?

Tigers Den Roundtable: Who is the Tigers’ most exciting new prospect?

The BYB staff chooses their new favorite prospect after the team’s busy trade season. Last week, one of our readers (@JTShunta) posted an interesting question for our Mailbag series: which new prospect that the Detroit Tigers receive this year is your favorite? It’s not an easy question to answer, as the Tigers have acquired several new talents since the start of the 2017 season. From a strong MLB draft class to the returns on several blockbuster trades, the Tigers have quickly restored a thin farm system to respectability. Since we already recapped the 2017 draft a bit earlier this...
Sep 14, 2017
Tigers vs. White Sox Preview: Let the draft pick position battle begin!

Tigers vs. White Sox Preview: Let the draft pick position battle begin!

The Tigers and White Sox are in a close fight for next year’s No. 3 pick in the MLB draft. Ever since the Tigers began their slow descent into madness the bottom of the American League standings earlier this summer, fans have been keeping a close eye on their relative position among other teams. Why? Because the worse their record gets in 2017, the better their position will be for the 2018 MLB draft. A few weeks ago, the Tigers were looking at a pick in the No. 6-8 range. Since then, the bottom has fallen out. The Tigers traded Justin Verlander and Justin Upton at the end of August, and...

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