AL Central

Comparing Septembers: Why Tigers Fans Should Not Worry and Expect Playoffs

Entering September 10, the Detroit Tigers are sitting at 80-65, which is tied for the lead in the American League Central Division. For a team coming off of three-straight division titles, and three consecutive ALCS appearances, with a World Series appearance mixed in, this is not where the Tigers were expected to be.

Heading into the season Detroit was the heavy favorite in the American League, and projected to win their division by the widest margin of any team in baseball. However, in mid-September, the Tigers find themselves in the thick of a pennant race, scratching and clawing for every win.

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Three Weeks to Live: A Tigers Tale

The American League Central has been baseball’s easiest waltz into October for years now – over three years, to be exact.

Slightly above average has been the barometer for success in the Central, and when it comes to mediocrity, the Tigers have reigned supreme.

This year is different. This year, Detroit needs to rise above the adequacy of the baseball midwest and prove they can compete for months with a team that has the drive to win.

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Tigers, Cabrera, Gear Up for Stretch Run

As the calendar page flips to September, the leaves start to change colors and there is the familiar smell of fall tailgates for football season, sports fans begin to drift towards America’s favorite sport, football.

However, for the baseball fanatic, the lingering potential of an October playoff berth is now so unavoidably in their face, a blind man would be able to read the writing on the wall.

This is it. For all the marbles. Where push comes to shove. The loser goes home and the winner goes on to the World Series.

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Tiger Talk – #9 – 8/27/14

As the season comes to a close, the guys do not know what to do with themselves.

The Detroit Tigers powerhouse is in second place in the division and the panic button is getting closer and closer. Host Tony Garcia alongside co-host Richie Cozzolino break down what has been a rough few weeks.

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The Pact – #44 – 8/18/14

The Tigers have fallen out of first place, the Royals are hot, and with 40 games remaining Detroit is beginning to freak out. Should Tigers fans be worried? Is this the most underachieving Detroit team ever? What is wrong at Comerica?

The Lions traveled to Oakland, Calf. this past week and lost a last-second preseason game to the Raiders. Can we take anything from this loss? Is the third preseason game the only one that matters?

With the official news that Notre Dame has removed four likely starters from its football team in the midst of an investigation into academic fraud, what does this mean for head coach Brian Kelly and what does it mean for the Spartans?

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Tiger Talk – #7 – 6/16/14

A hour of Tiger Talk? Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

The Tiger faithful are back to continue the conversation about the pesky AL Central. Hosts Tony Garcia and Richie Cozzolino congregate to discuss the White Sox-Tigers series. Returning to the podcast is Warning Track host and Michigan State baseball reporter Zac Swierad.

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Nathan or Chamberlain?

Another year, another problem at the closer position for Detroit. At Comerica Park, booing the man on the mound in the ninth has become tradition.

A conversation about swapping closers merely two months into the season is a disappointing one, but Joe Nathan has shown time and again he is unable to pitch a clean final three outs. The only other real option for Detroit would be Joba Chamberlain, a man who has shown consistency as the set-up man.

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Tiger Talk – #6 – 6/9/14

The Detroit Tigers start a long swing with their AL Central foes, and many questions remain about the ability of the team. Luckily, Tiger Talk connoisseurs Tony Garcia and Richie Cozzolino have all the answers.

The guys first discuss the previous series in Boston, praising rookie Nick Castellanos and his wonderful series versus a pesky Red Sox team. However, compliments about the bottom of the lineup end with the third basemen. With Cabrera’s lingering hamstring issues and shortstop position problems, the bats were quiet for many games during Detroit’s losing streak. Tony and Richie talk about whether Andrew Romine is truly the answer at short for the Tigers, or whether rookie Eugenio Suarez and his powerful bat can take over the position.

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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…

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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