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Detroit Tigers: Midseason grades

The halfway mark of the 2015 MLB season is upon us, giving us a perfect time to look back and grade out how well, or poorly, the first half off the season has gone for our favorite teams. For the Detroit Tigers, it has been a year that started with glimpses of promising play, but followed mostly with inconsistency and frustration. After 82 games, the Tigers’ record stands at 42...
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Detroit Tigers’ trade targets: Jeff Samardzija

As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, the Detroit Tigers’ biggest need is starting pitching. The offseason loss of Max Scherzer helped turn the rotation from a strength to a weakness. As a result, the rotation’s ERA jumped from 3.84 in 2014 to 4.30 this season. In general, the club’s pitching statistics continue to decline across the board. After profiling Cole Hamels...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
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Tigers should accept reality and become trade deadline sellers

Please indulge me as I begin this post with a qualifier: As someone who’s covered the Detroit Tigers and grew up rooting for them, I understand how this team has operated under Mike Ilitch’s ownership and Dave Dombrowski’s tenure as president and general manager. I realize that most of the following column will be hypothetical. Going into Tuesday’s play, the Tigers are...
Via The Outside Corner
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Price critical of bullpen mound conditions at Safeco Field

On Monday, Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price headed out to the bullpen to toss a bullpen session - totally normal protocol for a starting pitcher in between starts. However, he took issue with the bullpen mound at Safeco Field, where his Tigers will spend the next few days battling the Seattle Mariners.  Price took to Twitter (as he does often) to express his frustration with the...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch David Price blow a bubble bigger than his head (VIDEO)

David Price is a five-time All-Star, a Cy Young Award-winner and Olympic gold medalist. But baseball isn't the only thing he excels at. The Tigers' ace is an accomplished bubble-gum blower and from what we can tell, he's one of the best. Price showed off his bubble-blowing skills in the dugout during Monday's 12-5 routing of the Seattle Mariners. The Tigers' seven-run lead provided...
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Detroit Tigers: Krauss will be Cabrera’s fill-in, for now

On Monday afternoon the Detroit Tigers announced that they had claimed first baseman Marc Krauss off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays after he was designated for assignment. While Krauss is by no means Miguel Cabrera, it is the best the Tigers could do at this point to fill the void left by Cabrera in the Tigers lineup. The addition of Krauss is obviously a short term addition, as...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ midterm grades: Pitchers

Instead of grading every single pitcher that’s been shuffled between the majors and minors, I’ve decided to grade those currently on the 25 man roster. It’s useless to include names such as Shane Greene, Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny when their respective grades are obviously failing marks. With that said, let’s get to the grading. David Price The left-hander is doing...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ midterm grades: Position players

Its been a disappointing season for the Detroit Tigers. For a club with annual World Series or bust expectations, the product on the field is discouraging. The injury to Miguel Cabrera has evaporated fans enthusiasm for this club turning things around. Midway through the season, the Tigers are 41-40 and fans are experiencing déjà vu from the nightmarish 2008 season. That won...
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Opinion: Verlander needs to earn his way back into the rotation.

Most Tiger fans have been VERY disappointed in the return of Justin Verlander. Most people feels like he’s not totally healthy or just out of it. To the Detroit fan base, we call this the “Dontrelle Willis syndrome”. But who knows whats really going on with Justin Verlander. But what I can say is that, its time to shake things up, before its gets to out of control. Could Verlander...
Via The Majors Detroit
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Detroit Tigers: Can the Tigers win without Cabrera?

The Detroit Tigers’ worst nightmare has come to true. Miguel Cabrera has been injured. In the Tigers’ 8-6 win against the Toronto Blue Jays, Cabrera strained his calf running to second base on a hit and run play. It is the first time in his career he will be on the 15-day diabled list. It is likley he will be out for around six weeks. Cabrera also had a MRI on his achilles...
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Should the Detroit Tigers buy or sell?

The Detroit Tigers roared out of the gates this season, winning the first six games of the season, and 11 of the first 13. They ended April with a 15-8 record. What followed that hot start, however, was two months of mediocre baseball — 13-16 in May and 11-13 in June. Since starting the year 11-2, the Tigers are 30-37, and have a negative run differential on the season. Now, five...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera lands on DL for first time in his career

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been a model of consistently at the plate, and until Friday, he’d been a consistent fixture in the lineup, too. However, Cabrera’s 12-plus year streak of avoiding the disabled list has come to a close. He sustained a leg injury while sprinting to second base as part of a hit-and-run in the bottom of the fourth inning against...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.79: Blue Jays at Tigers

Well, us fans aren’t the only ones who feel like something has to be done with this team. The front office started off by shaking up the bullpen. It couldn’t hurt, right? The Tigers brought up converted starters John Ferrell from Toledo and Drew VerHagen from AA Erie, and gave the boot to Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzellany (which leaves Hardy as the only lefty in the bullpen...
Via Tigers Weblog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers DFA reliever Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny

Apparently the Tigers DO have a line that can’t be crossed when it comes to relievers costing them games. Friday, Detroit designated for assignment right-handed pitcher Joba Chamberlain clearing some space on the 40-man roster. It’s been a struggle for the veteran Chamberlain who has just 15 K’s in 22 innings of relief including a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. Adding insult to injury...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers designate Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment

The Detroit Tigers have designated relief pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment as they attempt to shake up their struggling bullpen. Chamberlain’s job status became shaky after allowing eight runs in his last seven appearances. On the season he had a 4.09 ERA and a nasty 1.68 WHIP with 15 strike outs and five walks in 22 innings of work. Things were no better...
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Detroit Tigers release outfielder Xavier Avery, who opts out of contract

The Detroit Tigers have released outfielder Xavier Avery, who has decided to exercise an opt-out in his contract. The 25-year-old center fielder was signed by the Tigers to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training this past offseason. Avery had a team-high .305 batting average with a .371 on-base percentage in 73 games with Triple-A Toledo. He served as the Mud Hens...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Gage: Verlander's next start will be first that can be fairly judged

DETROIT -- Spring training in June is over for Justin Verlander. It's time to move forward. In fact, it's high time to move forward. The Tigers are searching for consistency in their starting rotation. Most of the time, they've searched in vain. It's been David Price and "others" so far. They are 13-3 in starts made by Price, but 26-34 in starts made by anyone other than Price. And...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Ausmus doesn't expect any lingering effects from Tuesday's game

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't expecting any lingering effects from Tuesday night's game. Not because of Victor Martinez calling out the Pirates after getting hit by a pitch and not because of the five and a half-hour, 14-inning game. "You don't want to play 14 innings every night," Ausmus said. "That could take its toll, it could take a toll on a bullpen. It's part...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Daily-ish: McCann’s Walk-off Covers Up Price Absence

The Detroit Tigers continued their season of mediocrity on Sunday with a sudden flash of brilliance just when things were looking about as morose as possible. A bizarre situation on the mound involving the disappearance of their star pitcher only heightened the tension of a game that was seemingly circling the drain. The Tigers looked stumbling, undisciplined and unfocused…until...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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