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Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:58 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 4:44 pm

Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

By Matt Snyder

The 2011 Detroit Tigers won the AL Central in a laugher, ending with a 15-game edge over the second-place Indians. The offseason was rather uneventful in Detroit for a while, but then the Tigers lost DH Victor Martinez to a torn ACL. And then they swooped in and landed slugger Prince Fielder with a 9-year, $214 deal. They'll enter 2012 as the heaviest divisional favorite in baseball and some will surely pick them to win it all.

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Major additions: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Octavio Dotel, C Gerald Laird
Major departures: RF Magglio Ordonez, 3B Wilson Betemit, IF Carlos Guillen, SP Brad Penny

Probable lineup
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Andy Dirks, LF
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

Probable rotation
1. Justin Verlander
2. Doug Fister
3. Max Scherzer
4. Rick Porcello
5. Jacob Turner

Back-end bullpen
Closer: Jose Valverde
Set-up: Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel

Important bench players
C Gerald Laird, IF Brandon Inge, IF Ramon Santiago, IF/OF Don Kelly

Prospect to watch
It would have been Turner here regardless, but there's extra emphasis on him now that the Tigers were unable to sign Roy Oswalt or trade for someone like Gio Gonzalez or Matt Garza. Thus, the path is clear for Turner to join the rotation out of spring at age 20, much like Porcello did before him. Entering 2011, Turner had never even pitched above High-A ball. But last season he appeared in Double-A, Triple-A and the majors. In 20 minor-league appearances, Turner was 4-5 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 131 innings. He struggled mightily in his three major-league starts, but it's a new year.

Fantasy sleeper: Delmon Young
"Owners should look for improved power numbers from Young this year, and with him hitting behind Cabrera and Fielder, his RBI total should get a jolt as well." - Al Melchior [Full Tigers team fantasy preview]

Fantasy bust: Doug Fister
"Part of Fister's 2011 success was based upon holding batters to a .188 batting average on ground balls. The Tigers' infield defense overall should leave something to be desired, so Fister's WHIP will rise upward, even without a significant increase in walks. Owners may look to Fister as a No. 4 starter in mixed leagues, but in reality he may perform more like a low-end No. 5 SP or waiver wire option." - Al Melchior [Full Tigers team fantasy preview]

Optimistic outlook
Very simple: The Tigers win the World Series for the first time since 1984.

Pessimistic outlook
The infield defense is dreadful, which stunts the development of Porcello and Turner in addition to hampering Fister and Scherzer. With Jackson's strikeouts piling up, Boesch never really becoming what the Tigers desired and players like Avila and Peralta taking steps backward, the offense is basically a two-man show. With these issues, at least one AL Central team (Indians? Royals?) vaults past Detroit in a shocker.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:52 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 4:15 pm

Leyland says Fielder hitting 4th, Cabrera 3rd

Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Sure it's not even February, but like the rest of us, Jim Leyland is having fun trying to figure out the Tigers' lineup with Prince Fielder.

At Thursday's press conference introducing Fielder, Leyland announced his early lineup, with Fielder batting cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera:

Prince to Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young LF
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks / Clete Thomas / Don Kelly DH
Ryan Raburn 2B

"Pretty hard to mess that one up," Leyland said.

Leyland also said he didn't expect to use a late-game defensive replacement for Cabrera at third base. He also said the team could still use Brandon Inge to play some at third base and DH, as well. However, the way the roster is looking, it's possible he could be released.

The team could also use Young as a DH with one of the trio of Dirks, Thomas and Kelly playing left field, as well.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 5:59 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last week we all wondered how the Tigers would replace the injured Victor Martinez in the lineup -- today we got our answer.

Prince Fielder immediately restores some roar to the Tiger lineup and makes a nice 3-4 combo with Miguel Cabrera, forming perhaps the most feared duo in baseball. And in 2013 you have a 3-4-5 of Cabrera, Fielder and Martinez -- all for the low, low price of $346.5 million (or $69.3 million pizzas from Little Ceaser's) for all three over the course of their contracts.

So, if Fielder signing with the Tigers is the biggest surprise of the day, how about this for the second-biggest shock? The move means Miguel Cabrera is likely headed back to third base. Yep, the bad defensive first baseman will now be a horrendous defensive third baseman (much to the chagrin of Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Co.).

That means the rumors of the Johnny Damon return to Detroit make a little more sense, with the Tigers no longer needing a slugging DH. For now, though, I'll make my lineup with Don Kelly as the DH, knowing that the Tigers could still add a stopgap DH type, like Damon.

Prince to Tigers
Here's a too-early, first-stab at the new Tiger lineup:
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Brennan Boesch RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Delmon Young LF
6. Don Kelly DH
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Alex Avila C
9. Ryan Raburn 2B

This, of course, could change at a moment's notice, but it also keeps the door open for a seemless transition when Martinez returns from his knee injury. Or the Tigers could realize that Cabrera at third base is a terrible idea and then they'll be overloaded with first basemen and designated hitters. Whatever happens, Mike Illitch is going to be signing some big checks and Verlander should have more run support.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 7:15 pm

Homegrown Team: Detroit Tigers

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

For today's installment of the Homegrown series, I can't stop thinking about a certain trade. Earlier this week, I was reminded of the deal anyway. In a pretty minor move, the Rays traded for relief pitcher Burke Badenhop. That's worth discussing here because he was the last standing of six players Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski sent to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera (and Dontrelle Willis, for that matter). To acquire one of the biggest superstars in baseball -- and a now-washed up pitcher -- Dombrowski dealt Badenhop, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Mike Rabelo. Upon Badenhop being dealt, the Marlins now have nothing left to show for the 28-year-old Cabrera. Trahern is stuck in Double-A and appears unlikely to help the big-league club, either.

So, yeah, this homegrown club is missing a huge bat in the middle of the order. But this is also an opportunity to praise Dombrowski for one hell of a trade.


1. Omar Infante, SS
2. Matt Joyce, RF
3. Curtis Granderson, CF
4. Brennan Boesch, 1B
5. Alex Avila, C
6. Cody Ross, DH
7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
8. Cameron Maybin, LF
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Justin Verlander
2. Jair Jurrjens
3. Rick Porcello
4. Guillermo Moscoso
5. Charlie Furbush


Closer - Francisco Cordero
Set up - Fernando Rodney, Joel Zumaya, Jason Frasor, Burke Badenhop, Ryan Perry
Long - Andrew Miller

Notable Bench Players

Will Rhymes, Ryan Raburn, Scott Sizemore, Danny Worth, Brandon Inge, Andy Dirks, Don Kelly, Casper Wells, Andres Torres

What's Good?

That guy sitting atop the starting rotation is pretty decent, no? Getting 34 or so starts out of Justin Verlander gives this ballclub a great chance to win plenty of low-scoring games. Jurrjens is a fine number two as well. I love Avila behind the plate and Maybin in left field would be a defensive force -- most metrics showed Maybin as a far superior defender in center to Granderson this past season, but I went with the logic that Granderson would stay in center as the star of the team. If he wanted to pull a Cal Ripken and move, OK, the defense gets even better. Finally, the bench depth is pretty good, as there are several guys capable of providing good spot starts.

What's Not?

While it's definitely not awful, that batting order leaves a lot to be desired. Joyce is really good and Granderson is great. Otherwise? I'll channel my inner Larry David and just say "eh." There would be an awful lot of pressure on Boesch and Avila in those run producing spots, that's for sure. Also, while it's not horrible, that bullpen bridge to Cordero isn't exactly one that eases the mind. Can you imagine how many cigarettes Jim Leyland would have to choke down to stomach a night with Badenhop, Frasor and Rodney tasked with putting up zeroes? They can do it, but they'll just about give you a heart attack in the process.

Comparison to real 2011

I'll go out on a limb here (please note sarcasm) and say winning 95 games and cruising to the AL Central title is about as realistic with this group as this exercise. A winning record might be possible, as this team feels just mediocre. The likes of Verlander, Granderson, Avila, Joyce and Jurrjens keep them away from "suck" territory. I'd go high-70s in wins with a ceiling of 83 victories.

Next: Houston Astros

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:17 pm

Tigers' Boesch likely out for season

Brennan BoeschBy C. Trent Rosecrans

If the Tigers make the playoffs, they'll do it without outfielder Brennan Boesch. The 26-year-old will have surgery later this week to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb, he told reporters before Sunday's game against the White Sox.

Boesch is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training. Boesch hurt his thumb swinging at a Justin Masterson fastball on Aug. 9, but tried to play through it. On Aug. 24, he had enough, removing himself from the game. Hitting .283/.341/.458 with 16 home runs on the season, Boesch hit .240/.296/.280 after the injury. He was last used Wednesday as a pinch-runner.

Boesch said he tried to fight through the pain and even used a splint, but in the end, he wasn't performing like he knew he could.

"But the way I swing and follow through, I just wasn't able to perform," Boesch told reporters (Detroit News). "The ligament is torn. I don't have a soft, easy swing. It's a violent swing. I finish high, with one hand. My goal every time I step on the field is to do damage and be a threat."

With Boesch's injury, last month's waiver deal to get outfielder Delmon Young from the Twins looks that much better. Since joining the Tigers, Young has hit .280/.282/.451 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 19 games.

The Tigers also activated reliever Al Alburquerque earlier in the day. The right-hander had been on the DL as a result of a concussion.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:57 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Sweet victory for Danks

By Matt Snyder

John Danks, White Sox. From 2008-2010, Danks was 40-31 with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a decent strikeout rate. Basically, he was a very solid No. 3 pitcher and at age 26, he had a good shot to become even more entering 2011. Instead, he started 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. The sad thing is, through seven starts, Danks wasn't bad at all. He got little run support in some games and the bullpen blew leads in some others. Then Danks got all focused on that archaic wins and losses total and started to press, even wondering aloud what was wrong with himself. Then he lost confidence and fell apart in a few starts. Fortunately, Danks got off the schneid Monday night. For a while it looked like Danks would have to do it all himself. The White Sox held a tenuous 1-0 lead through six innings, but would tack on two more runs and the bullpen held the lead. Danks worked 7 1/3 innings and allowed only an unearned run. He struck out six and earned his first victory of the season. Good for him.

Brennan Boesch, Tigers. Nelson Cruz of the Rangers hit two home runs and drove home four, but Boesch completely overshadowed him in a 13-7 Tigers win. Boesch got things started with a three-run homer in the first inning and didn't take his foot off the gas. He homered again in his next at-bat and ended the game 5-6 with a double, two home runs, three runs and five RBI. A tip of the cap to Michael Kirkman for getting Boesch to fly out in the seventh (though Kirkman also allowed Boesch's double a few innings earlier).

Eric Hosmer, Royals. The Royals needed 11 innings to score three runs Monday, but came away with the victory. Rookie sensation Eric Hosmer accounted for all three. In the fourth, he reached on an error and then scored. In the seventh, he coaxed a big game-tying, bases-loaded walk. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Hosmer came through with a clutch base hit to win the game in walk-off fashion. He's now hitting .304 with 20 RBI in 29 games since being recalled. Maybe it's time to give him Mike Moustakas as protection in the middle of the order? C'mon, Royals, don't make us wait forever.

Padres' offense. Six Rockies' pitchers combined to shut out the Padres Monday night, but it's not as if the Padres weren't given their chances. They collected nine hits and drew four walks, only to strand 11 and take the 3-0 loss. Brad Hawpe struck out with runners on second and third to end the first and Alberto Gonzalez struck out with the bases loaded to end the eighth -- and this was when it was only 1-0 Rockies. There were several other chances, but those were just the two most egregious. That's how you rank in the top three in NL ERA and still sit in last place.

Javier Vazquez, Marlins. Just when it looked like Vazquez had turned a slight corner, he was obliterated by the Brewers. Eight hits and six runs in four innings was the line, with the big blow coming courtesy of Prince Fielder in the third inning. The ERA has now ballooned all the way back up to 6.50 for Vazquez and the Marlins are officially reeling. They've lost five in a row, including getting swept in four games to the Brewers -- who entered the series 9-19 on the road.

The Cubs. Seven straight losses, baserunning blunders, bad errors, balls misplayed in the outfield and a team that is completely falling apart in nearly every way. For Cubs fans, 2008 is sure a distant memory ... and it was only three years ago. The rest of the road trip shows two more at Cincinnati and three at Philly. Oh, and then they return home for a seven-game homestand against the Brewers and Yankees. It's hard to see things going well any time soon.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:42 am

3 up, 3 down: Boesch likes the 3 hole

Brennan Boesch
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brennan Boesch, Tigers -- Detroit managed just four hits in its 6-3 victory over the Yankees, and Boesch had two of them. Boesch had an RBI single, a solo home run and a sacrifice fly, finishing with three RBI. Boesch is 4 for 7 in two games as the Tigers' third batter in the lineup.

Lance Berkman, Cardinals -- Has anyone ever been awarded the Comeback Player of the Year Award in the first week of May? Because Berkman may have already clinched it. His 10th home run of the season provided the Cardinals' the winning margin in their 6-3 victory over the Marlins and Josh Johnson. Berkman added a sacrifice fly for his big-league best 32nd RBI.

David Price, Rays -- The left-hander struck out seven of the first 13 batters he faced on Thursday and 10 overall. Price held the Blue Jays to just four hits before being pulled with an out to go in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory over Toronto. Price had thrown 118 pitches when Joe Maddon brought in Kyle Farnsworth to face Yunel Escobar, who singled. Farnsworth got Adam Lind to finish the game.

Eduardo Nunez, Yankees -- For as many of us who have blasted Derek Jeter's defense, Nunez has been a disaster when he gets to play. At least Jeter makes the play when a ball is hit right at him, Nunez hasn't been able to do that. He made two throwing errors on Thursday, raising his season total to five in just 13 chances at shortstop this season.

Chris Tillman, Orioles -- The Orioles starter gave up four runs in the first, one in the second and three more in the fourth against the Royals. The Royals managed just two hits off relievers Josh Rupe and Clay Rapada in the 4 1/3 innings after Tillman was yanked, but the damage was done. Tillman gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.

John Lannan, Nationals -- Coming in to Thursday's game with the Phillies, every Nationals starter this season had gone at least five innings -- and you know by the "coming into Thursday's game" part what's coming next… until today. Lannan lasted just two innings against the Phillies, allowing seven hits and six runs, while walking one and hitting another. That's a rough start anytime, but it's a death sentance against Roy Halladay.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:34 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 11:28 pm

Kaline gives advice to Tigers' Boesch

Al KalineBy C. Trent Rosecrans

People give baseball players advice all the time -- and rarely are those people qualified to do so. I've heard of a reporter giving batting tips once (and he was mocked not just by the players, but also fellow reporters who knew it was ridiculous) and fans send on advice all the time.

The Tigers' new No. 3 hitter, Brennan Boesch, got some advice from someone slightly more qualified than a lowly reporter about his move to the third spot in the lineup -- Hall of Famer Al Kaline.

"Jim [Leyland] had me talk to him," Kaline told Steve Kornacki of MLive.com. "I just told him. 'You can't let it east you up. Have a good game plan, take good swings and let it fall where it does. You can't get mad and you can't let it eat you up.'"

Kaline said he didn't know if he made a difference.

Boesch entered Wednesday's game against the Yankees hitting .300/.368/.420 with one homer, but was just 2 for 20 in the team's previous four games and showing his frustrations on the field.

"You can be mad about making an out, but you don't have to show everybody that," Kaline said.

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