How the Detroit Tigers Can Build on Their Lead

I think Leyland has a point this time, Mr. Joyce

The Tigers lead the rest of the field in the American League Central by three games. This is obviously the position they want to be in, but the amount would be more comfortable if the margin was bigger. I have some suggestions for the front office and coaching staff on how the team can extend its lead to have a more substantial cushion.

Rotating the designated hitter makes sense during the dog days of August. Players like Victor Martinez, Carlos Guillen, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, and Brennan Boesch can get half days off around once a week to keep them fresh and their bats in the line-up. It is an added bonus to players that play demanding positions in the field like catcher or shortstop.

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Detroit Pitching Coach Change: a Rash, Premature Decision

Detroit Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp was unceremoniously dismissed from the ball club on July 3rd. It was a rash decision made by manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dumbrowski. I realize that they are in the final year of their respective contracts, but that is no reason to throw one of your colleagues under the bus.

It was a choice that was made after the club lost three straight at the beginning of the month. Games started by Phil Coke, Rick Porcello, and Max Scherzer made a lasting impression with Leyland. The team surrendered thirty-six runs during the three game stretch.

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Detroit Tigers: Midseason Report Card

The Detroit Tigers have three of the top six hitters in the American League. Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, and Victor Martinez all have batting averages between .310 and .320. This may seem low to hold those positions in the junior circuit, but offensive numbers have been down this season across both leagues. The surprising aspect to this analysis of the statistics is that none of these players is among the leaders in home runs or runs batted in.

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Brandon Inge On the Sidelines Could Help the Detroit Tigers

Brandon Inge came down with a case of mononucleosis this week. He should know that sharing drinks with those around him is taboo. It’s either that or he is putting his face too close to sickly people.

Jhonny Peralta has been carrying his weight offensively on the right side of the infield for some time. Inge does however possess a cannon for an arm over at third, and he also has very quick reflexes over at the hot corner. That is traditionally a position that needs to produce power for the team’s long term success. Inge has the potential to provide that, but his batting average was so low that it was becoming a drain on the rest of the Detroit Tigers who were left stranded on base after his plate appearances.

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