Detroit Tigers Hurt by Weather, Better Luck in ALCS Game 2

The Detroit Tigers have lost one game in the American League Championship Series thus far to the Texas Rangers. The weather has helped the Rangers and definitely has damaged the chances of the Tigers. This is due to the superior starters of Detroit. The greatness of Justin Verlander was neutralized in game one because he was only able to go four innings and toss eighty two pitches. This man has a chance to win the most valuable player award, but he was limited to about two thirds of his production.

It is ridiculous that Commissioner Bud Selig had the final decision on the multiple delays in game one that totaled nearly two hours. It substantially favors the Rangers because the hitters can still perform easily upon return with limited warm-up. When the pitchers come back from being cold, they use some of the arsenal meant for the game because there are only a certain amount of pitches possible for them-in game play or warming up.

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Setting Up Detroit Tigers Pitching for Postseason Success

Closer Jose Valverde and starter Justin Verlander obviously anchor the pitching staff in Detroit. The former has forty save opportunities in the same amount of chances. The latter has garnered his twenty-first victory already with almost a month left. Valverde’s numbers are a little misleading because his whip is near one and a third. This would usually dictate a few blown saves, but he has been the master in working his way out of jams.

The team buried the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night after coming back from a seven run deficit.

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Detroit Tigers are on a Roll; Taking Command of AL Central

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With the recent incident in Indiana prior to a scheduled Sugarland concert and the Iowa Straw Poll results, news on the Detroit Tigers (or even the AL Central) is not of the utmost importance. With that said, their recent record and level of play have been impressive and cause for excitement from their fan base.

Behind the thirty-five saves of Jose Valverde, the squad has come out victorious in many close games during the month of August. In fact, Detroit has seven wins by a one run margin. This bodes well for their postseason chances when things tighten up and the differential in talent among clubs is more minimal than on a daily basis.

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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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Twins Vs. Tigers: AL Central Race Heating Up Now?

Outside of Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel is the most prolific bat in the Twins lineup on a consistent basis. He has more potential than Joe Mauer to put up big time numbers in the RBI and home run departments. The argument could also be made for Delmon Young or Michael Cuddyer, but I would wonder if those that would bring up those names have ever been to a batting practice session. People often speak of making judgments concerning the eye test. This would be more of a case of trusting the ear test.

If the Twins could take the Tigers and Yankees off the schedule, then the reason of the season would be pure bliss. The team showed promise in the first two series that were post All Star break. The Indians and Royals are anonymous nationally, but intra-divisional contests are always of the utmost importance in Major League Baseball. Then the team faced the Tigers-a team that had beaten them eleven straight times before Saturday night.

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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 Reach the Top of the American League Central

The Detroit Tigers are a game behind the Cleveland Indians in the loss column, but tied for the AL Central lead. The momentum for the Tigers has been phenomenal lately. The Tigers and the Indians are the only two teams in the division that have won over half their games, but the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox are also approaching their potential lately.

The Kansas City Royals are and will continue to be an afterthought.

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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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Tigers Jim Leyland has Loses it over Detroit Talk Radio Questioning (Audio)

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

One of the most important things you have to learn when you work in any enterprise that invites public criticism is- don’t fire back. Stay above the fray. Let the meatheads and idiots have their say. And even the intelligent with well-reasoned critiques, let it go. Remember you’re the one on stage, they’re watching you, meaning you automatically have the higher ground.

I learned that the hard way with the whole Iowa Hawkeyes drug scandal thing. Just an hour ago, I saw a horribly defamatory comment in moderation on this site. It had a lot of curse words and insults, and brought nothing to the table of discussion. I simply deleted it and moved on. The Bulls Joakim Noah should have remembered that lesson Sunday night, he’s a better person than what he did.

And the Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland, a Mt. Rushmore of MLB manager is better than this too.

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Jim Leyland’s Return to Pittsburgh Less than Triumphant

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The Detroit Tigers played a three game interleague series last weekend in PNC Park in Pittsburgh. One of baseball’s most breathtaking ballparks has consistently housed one of the worst teams because ownership has refused to spend money over the last decade plus.

The last time that there was a competitive product on the field Jim Leyland was the manager. He took his Detroit Tigers into Pennsylvania looking to make a statement-only to come away limping on Sunday night.

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Detroit Tigers: Undefeated for the Week

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

After a lackluster start to the season, it seems that Jim Leyland has the Tigers on track racking up victory after victory this week.

Playing the Twins lately can right the ship for a lot of teams. The golf ball sized hale that they encountered while in Minneapolis couldn’t deter the streak that they have accumulated. The Tigers put nineteen runs up on the board in those two mid-week games alone. The four game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays about a week ago was also impressive since it was on the road.

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Detroit Tigers: what a difference a week makes

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

Outfielder Brennan Boesch has been a ray of light for the Detroit Tigers. His consistency and high batting average have been constants for the Tigers throughout this season. The starting pitching struggled mightily during the first week, but that has also rebounded during the second. Miguel Cabrera’s numbers will be there at the end of the year and with no club ion a scorching pace thus far in the American League Central Division, all of this adds up favorably for Mo Town.

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