Tiger Talk

Tiger Talk – #5 – 6/2/14

With two months in the books, the Detroit Tigers have already had as many ups and downs in that span of time as some teams do throughout the entire season. From being 12 games over .500 in the middle of May, to losing 14 of 18 to end the month and begin June, Detroit has been through it all.

New host Tony Garcia is joined by Anthony Serafino, as the two break down their perspectives of the beginning of the 2014 season.

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A Summer Slump

Wait, what happened? I blinked.

A week ago, fans were comparing Detroit’s team to the World Series winners of 1984. Jump forward one disappointing week, and some are thinking more about the 2003 Tigers.

Since May 19, Detroit has lost seven of their last eight, surrendering an embarrassing 67 runs. Their losses included a road sweep by the Cleveland Indians, losing three of four to the sub-.500 Rangers and getting spanked by the Athletics in their first game at Oakland.

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Opinion: A Special Squad’s Secret to Success

Detroit is not just the best team in baseball. They are also the most enjoyable to watch.

Coming into Fenway against rowdy Boston fans would make any team sweat, right? You would think a team sitting at the top of the competitive MLB would have some pressure to continue winning.

If there is, they sure are not showing it.

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A Wild Week in Baltimore

A quiet May series in Baltimore has led to drama and determination for Detroit.

Detroit entered the Orioles’ Camden Yards after playing 13 consecutive days. A rain delay halted the series by over a half-hour for its inaugural game. With Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello as the men on the mound, the Tigers were not expecting fireworks to end their road trip.

However, the unexpected is what makes every game in the 162-spread season one to watch. Read More…

Ray Shines, Cabrera Comes Alive as Tigers Win Seven Straight

There has been a different Miguel Cabrera stepping to the plate every game for Detroit. On Tuesday, it was the one the Tigers want to see.

The MVP went 4-for-5, with four RBIs, including a solo shot in the first. It was Cabrera’s second four-hit game of the season and his first since April 4. The big fella for Detroit has gotten off to a slow start in the month of April, only batting .275.

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Pitching Prowess Leads Detroit to Sixth Straight

Max Scherzer left everything on the field Monday night, including a soon-to-be-trademarked fist pump indicating a strong performance. Magic Max pitched eight solid innings, striking out nine and only allowing three hits in a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

The Detroit bats seemed to calm down after returning from Kansas City: Rajai Davis’ RBI single in the seventh and Victor Martinez’s solo shot in the eighth being the difference makers. A far cry from the 26 runs and 42 hits against the Royals, two runs and six hits put away a Houston team unable to produce against the Cy Young winner. Scherzer did not allow a base runner past second base.

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Tigers Bullpen Finds Relief in Hanrahan

It took one month for Dave Dombrowski to realize his team needed some major help.

With Bruce Rondon in the midst of Tommy John surgery, Luke Putkonen on the 15-day DL and a bullpen ERA of 5.37, the Tigers were floundering. On Friday, it was announced that Detroit acquired for closer Joel Hanrahan from the Red Sox. Hanrahan’s deal is set at one-year, $1 million dollars. His role will revolve around being a set up man in the future. Read More…

Alex Gonzalez is Gone

It was most likely an unpleasant Easter for Alex Gonzalez after the Detroit Tigers unconditionally released the shortstop after just 15 games.

Gonzalez was picked up by Detroit in the offseason for an injured Jose Iglesias, who continues to sit on the DL with a shin injury for 3-4 months. Gonzalez and Andrew Romine were hailed by Detroit to add some firepower and defense at the all-important shortstop position for the Tigers. However, Gonzalez’s .167 average with only two RBI’s in nine games signaled to Detroit he was not the answer.

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Tiger Talk – #4 – 4/10/14

The 2014 season is in full swing and the lads already have critiques for the team. Your host Richie Cozzolino, panelist Zac Swierad and production wiz Jonathan Yales dissect the team after the infant stages of the season.

Detroit is no stranger to an ailing bullpen. Did you think after three years of failing relief pitching that the Tigers would still have this issue? These guys certainly did not. The discussion opens up with a lengthy, disappointing talk about Joe Nathan and his lack of closing for the Tigers. The guys search for options in the bullpen for Detroit, and who, if anyone, can step up for a team falling apart horrendously at the end of games.

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Why 10 Years Is Too Much, Even for Cabrera

Before the fanboys get their jerseys ruffled, let me preface this article with a statement:

Miguel Cabrera is the best baseball player in the last decade, and will be remembered as one of the best players in the history of Detroit.

Satisfied? Good. Now pay attention while I explain to you that a 10-year contract is a bad move, even when signing a Hall of Famer.

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Tiger Talk – #3 – 3/24/14

We are full of opinions, digressions and predictions on this episode of Tiger Talk.

Your charming host, Richie Cozzolino, along with panelists Zac Swierad and Brett Kast and producer Jonathan Yales, discuss the future for Detroit at the shortstop position. Should the Tigers have traded Jose Alvarez for a brand-spanking new Andrew Romine at short with Jose Iglesias out for nearly the whole year?

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Opinion: Tigers’ Recent Trade Epitomizes Offseason

With just a week until Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers, it seemed as if the Tigers’ wheeling and dealing had finally cooled off. Monday morning however, fans woke up to the news that the Tigers had shipped utility-man Steve Lombardozzi to Baltimore for shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Tigers fans may be familiar with Lombardozzi, even though most have never even seen him step onto the field in a Tigers’ uniform. Lombardozzi was a piece of the controversial trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in December. The Tigers also acquired pitchers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol in the trade.

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Six Tigers, Six Spring Days: Ian Kinsler

If you have not been following the Detroit Tigers as religiously as others, you will be happy to learn about the multitude of new faces that will grace the field come April. Since we did not want to leave you in the dark and have you terrified when Opening Day rolls around, we will give you the rundown of every new starter wearing the Old English D.

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