Rick Porcello

Opinion: Cubs Ink Lester: What Does it Mean for Tigers/Scherzer?

When Detroit’s ace Max Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract in the last offseason, people thought he was crazy.

Coming off of a Cy Young season, by far his best showing in his career, people believed that agent Scott Boras should get Scherzer a deal, and soon, before he or the market value declined. Read More…

Tigers Trade for RHP Shane Greene in Three-Team Deal

The Detroit Tigers made the first of what is sure to be many moves in the 2014-15 offseason.

The Tigers acquired starting pitcher Shane Greene from the New York Yankees in a three-team deal that sent starting pitcher Robbie Ray and minor-league infielder Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they sent shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Yankees. Read More…

Detroit’s 2014 Report Card #1: Starting Pitching

Tiger Talk host Tony Garcia and I have given Detroit its two-week moratorium. We mourned, we cried, we flew through all five stages of depression before Kansas City lost a postseason game.

Now begins the tough part of the job. Grading and judging our beloved team, stacking them against one another to decide who makes the cut and who may hit the cutting room floor. Read More…

Tigers in Need of Motown Miracle; Drop First Two in Baltimore

The first two games of the 2014 postseason appeared to be a script out of Brad Ausmus’ worst nightmare.

After dropping Game 1 on Thursday night, the Tigers found themselves with a 5-3 lead going into the sixth inning. Anibal Sanchez, normally a starting pitcher, came out of the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers. Read More…

Tigers Gain Momentum in Tampa, Look to Get Hot

On Tuesday morning of August 19, the Detroit Tigers were the hottest topic in baseball for all the wrong reasons.

The team that had just acquired the best pitcher available at the trade deadline, David Price. Before the move,the Tigers were already pegged as one of the favorites to win it all, but were reeling worse than almost any team in baseball.

Losers of nine of their previous 14 games, Detroit looked to stop the bleeding and attempt to start gaining ground on the division-leading Kansas City Royals, who at the time, were winners of 12 of their last 14 games during the same span.

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With Replacements Looming, Veterans Step Up

While comfort and job security have always been the norm to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, the 2014 trade deadline opened the veterans’ eyes to the possibility of being replaced.

Between Verlander and Nathan, the two have combined for eight All-Star games and nine postseason appearances. Verlander has held the ace role in Detroit for over half a decade, and Nathan has been the perennial closer for his team — whether that be Minnesota, Texas or Detroit. While their personal accomplishments are impressive, one looming statistic has evaded them throughout both their careers: zero World Series rings.

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Detroit Well-Represented in 2014 All-Star Game

Miguel Cabrera. Duh. Max Scherzer, of course. Victor Martinez, another no brainer.

When the fan voting was finally over, the Detroit Tigers had three players selected to the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota: Cabrera coming off an MVP season, Scherzer after his Cy Young season, and Martinez who has continued his torrid pace since July, 2013.

Let’s take a look at these guys by the numbers through the first half of the season.

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Tigers Drop Two of Three in Shortened Series

Detroit’s recent woes continued in the Windy City as the ailing Tigers dropped two of three in a rain-shortened series against the Chicago White Sox.

After the Tigers went down 2-0 quickly in the first three innings on Monday, Miguel Cabrera took the 2-2, 93 mile per hour offering from Hector Noesi and undressed it, sending it deep into the seats in left field to cut the lead in half.

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Blue Jays Dominate Tigers, Detroit Lose Fifth Straight

It is beginning to sound like a broken record at this point.

Anibal Sanchez was dominant again, seven innings pitched, just two hits, no walks and five strikeouts. That should earn a win for most teams on most nights.

However, that was not enough for the reeling Detroit Tigers ballclub.

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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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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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