Tigers Star Catcher Victor Martinez Out for Season

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The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that star designated hitter Victor Martinez tore his left ACL last week during offseason conditioning. An MRI yesterday confirmed the injury. Surgery is expected, and it is thought that he will miss the entire 2012 MLB season.

Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBIs in 2011, helping Detroit win the AL Central in his first season with the Tigers. He signed a $50 million, four-year contract before last season.

I guess you can say the AL Central is much more open now. The Tigers, and one of Martinez’s former teams, the Cleveland Indians, are expected to be the favorites.

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Keys to a Long Detroit Tigers Postseason Run

The suspended game on Friday night was a wash for the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers (pun intended). Detroit obviously has the advantage that the series is best of five instead of seven. This allows them to utilize the strengths of the roster and minimize its shortcomings that would be more prevalent over more games.

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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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Detroit Tigers: An Uninspired Group

The Detroit Tigers are currently one and a half games up in the American League Central. They have, however, only won fifty six of one hundred and seven games this season. This proves that they have been the cream of the crap, instead of the cream of the crop. As I have predicted numerous times, the Cleveland Indians are faltering due to their lack of depth. The addition of Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs is not the answer to all of their problems.

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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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Michael Brantley: Cleveland’s Unsung Hero

Down two runs in the bottom of ninth inning, the Indians were running out of chances. Looking to continue their dominance at home, the Tribe once again needed a late inning miracle, this time against Seattle. Michael Brantley confidently stepped to the plate to lead off the inning, and belted a double to left-center. [Read more…]

Verlander’s 2nd No Hitter Distracts Detroit Tiger Fans From Mediocrity

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On Saturday, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander took a perfect game into the 8th inning in Toronto. It didn’t happen, but he did close out the no-hitter, the second of his career. He joins Mark Buerhle of the White Sox and Roy Halladay of the Phillies as the only active MLB pitchers with two. For Tigers fans, it was a nice distraction from how mediocre their season has been thus far.

The Tigers have posted a record of three and three in their last six entering Saturday’s play. The one consistency that they have demonstrated this season is a sense of malaise. Every time that they seem poised to make a run and turn things around, an obstacle inevitably blocks their path to success.

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Detroit Tigers Schedule Becomes More Favorable

The Detroit Tigers start to the season has been very average. The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals have been the toast of the division, but that is obviously nothing more than fool’s gold.

The former would also lead the East and the West in the American League. Tell me that is going to last!

The best case scenario is that the success of the Royals and Indians sells some tickets now for future dates on the false premise that those games will mean something to those teams in their respective cities. At least the Tigers aren’t performing the way that the Twins and White Sox are.

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Offseason Grading: The Detroit Tigers

The Tigers had two things that is the recipe for success on most teams. They had a power-hitter that also hits for average in Miguel Cabrera and the team had an ace in Justin Verlander.

So, what went wrong? Why did the team finish 81-81? Is Miguel Cabrera drinking an alcoholic beverage? These are all questions that need to be addressed.

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Detroit Tigers Sign Catcher Victor Martinez: 4 Years, $50 Million

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The Detroit Tigers landed a key MLB free agent today, as catcher Victor Martinez signed a four year, 50 millon dollar deal with them. The 31 year old played for the Boston Red Sox last year. He is a type A free agent, in meaning that it would cost the Tigers a first round draft pick for signing him.

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