Tiger Talk

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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Tiger Talk – #10 – 9/9/14

September is now in full swing, and the Tigers’ chances are still looking up in the division. Host Tony Garcia and co-host Richie Cozzolino are back to take a look at Detroit’s chances.

After a less than stellar series against the San Francisco Giants, the Tigers headed into their biggest series of the season against the Kansas City Royals.

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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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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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Tiger Talk – #8 – 8/7/14

The boys are back and better than ever in their latest edition of Tiger Talk. Host Tony Garcia is joined by cohost Richie Cozzolino and guest Anthony Serafino as the three baseball nuts discuss everything the last month that is Tigers.

By acquiring David Price and Joakim Soria, the Tigers made the biggest splash at the deadline, but did they make the right move?

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The Pact – #42 – 8/4/14

Football has officially arrived. The first preseason practice took place Saturday and today was the MSU Football Media Day. Fino and Spartan Red Zone host and reporter Dan Tyler and Bradley Allen were in attendance. Dan Tyler joins the show to offer his perspective on the Spartans during Media Day.

With the massive news Thursday that David Price was coming to Detroit, the panel finally gets a chance to discuss the move for the Tigers. The panel welcomes Tiger Talk host, Tony Garcia, to gain his perspective on the move and the future of the Tigers.

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Opinion: The Price of a ‘World Series or Bust’ Mentality

With the acquisition of David Price, the Detroit Tigers now own contracts of the past three Cy Young Award winners, and if Miguel Cabrera is included, also the past three MVP’s.

Detroit waited until 3:51 EST to make it official before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31. The Tigers traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and outfielder Austin Jackson as a part of the three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners that sent Smyly to Tampa and Jackson to Seattle. Read More…

The Impact of Joakim: Tigers Acquire Soria, Look to Patch Reeling Bullpen

The Detroit Tigers bullpen currently holds the worst batting average against at .272 and the least strikeouts of any bullpen with just 243 strikeouts. Match that with the collective 4.41 ERA, and one could argue that the Tigers own the worst bullpen of all contending teams; a huge point of contention over the past three season.

However, Dave “Clark Kent, Superman, X-factor” Dombrowski came to the rescue once more. He and the Detroit Tigers received closer Joakim Soria in their second big deal of the season with the Texas Rangers for two pitching prospects, relievers Corey Knebel and Jason Thompson, and a draft pick.

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Why Austin Jackson Will Be the Key to Detroit’s Success in Second Half

When the Detroit Tigers acquired Austin Jackson from the New York Yankees in a three-way trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks (who received Edwin Jackson and traded pitcher Max Scherzer to the Tigers) they saw their center fielder of the future.

Anyone who is touted as one of the top prospects for the Yankees has a lot of promise, and Dave Dombrowski wasted no time in his efforts to attain him.

Following his 2010 rookie season, it appeared as if Detroit had struck gold. Jackson was one of the top rookies in the league, hitting .293 in 151 games played, with 27 steals and 48 extra base hits while finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

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The Dirks Dilemma

At some point this season, Detroit fans have called for the heads of all three outfield starters: Rajai Davis, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter.

Other times, those shouting expletives in June were shouting approval in July.

All three players have looked valuable to the Tigers at some point during the first four months of the season, and while their sporadic play may have satiated fans, Brad Ausmus may not be convinced.

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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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Meet J. D. Martinez

Hobbies of new Detroit acquisition, JD Martinez, include dancing, long walks on the beach and knocking the pulp out of the baseball.

Julio Daniel Martinez, the 26-year-old bombshell, has been the lightning bolt in a Tigers team that was desperate for an electric player. Originally Houston’s everyday left fielder, Martinez’s mediocre numbers in 2013 led to multiple trips to the minor leagues, with an eventual release from the Astros organization.

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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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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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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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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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