TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tigers turn page after 'pen's rough day vs. A's

The Tigers' bullpen played a key role in the team's run of nine wins in 11 games heading into the weekend. On Saturday it was the catalyst for Detroit's first loss on its seven-game road trip to the West Coast.
Via Tigers.com
3 hours ago

Boyd, bullpen get beat up; Tigers fall to A's 12-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Matt Boyd tried to do a little too much. Looking back, he wished for a few do-overs. Victor Martinez hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth inning to get Boyd off the hook for the loss, but the Detroit Tigers' bullpen fell apart, allowing nine runs in three innings in a 12-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. The Tigers had won nine of their previous...
Via Associated Press
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pelfrey eyeing first win in finale against A's

A's pitcher Rich Hill takes a four-game winning streak into Sunday's series finale against Mike Pelfrey and the Tigers at the Coliseum.
Via Tigers.com
4 hours ago

Athletics 12, Tigers 3: The Tigers bullpen as a house of cards

Matt Boyd made a good accounting for himself in his first start of the year. Unfortunately the middle-relievers were absolutely mauled and blew any chance of victory. Well, things looked good for a while. Matt Boyd and Jesse Hahn proved equal to each other, but the Tigers' bullpen, despite being quite well rested, collapsed entirely in perhaps their worst performance of the season...
Via Bless You Boys
4 hours ago

Oakland Athletics Turn Strange Double Play against Detroit Tigers

Friday night’s Oakland Athletics-Detroit Tigers game featured what has to be one of the strangest plays to ever occur during a baseball game, and surely made the official scorer rethink his career path. It started with Ian Kinsler on third base and Victor Martinez at the plate. Martinez flew out behind first base and Kinsler took a few steps towards the plate, hoping to draw a...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ausmus rejoins Tigers after tending to family

About three hours before Saturday's game against the A's, Brad Ausmus poked his head into the visiting manager's office at the Coliseum just as bench coach Gene Lamont was wrapping up a pregame meeting with reporters.
Via Tigers.com
8 hours ago

Game 48 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics

Matt Boyd makes his first start of the season against Oakland's Jesse Hahn. The Detroit Tigers will be faced with some important decisions in the coming weeks, nearly all of which surround their starting rotation. Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey have posted subpar numbers this season -- which is putting it nicely, to be honest -- while young arms like Shane Greene and Daniel Norris...
Via Bless You Boys
14 hours ago

Fulmer pitches Tigers past Athletics 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Castellanos homered and Cameron Maybin doubled in a run, giving rookie Michael Fulmer more than enough support in the Detroit Tigers' 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. James McCann and J.D. Martinez also drove in runs for the Tigers, who have won nine of 11. Ian Kinsler was a home run shy of the cycle. Fulmer (4-1) retired 14 of...
Via Associated Press
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers 4, Oakland A's 1 : Michael Fulmer was brilliant again

Michael Fulmer looks like the Tigers third best starter already. The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics are teams going in different directions, yet both are seeking answers in their young starting pitchers. Two rookies tangled on Friday night in Oakland. Once again, Michael Fulmer was superb, building on his outing five days ago with another dominating performance to lead Detroit...
Via Bless You Boys
23 hours ago

Tigers call up lefty Matt Boyd, will start on Saturday

The Detroit Tigers have called up left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd ahead of his scheduled start on Saturday, Catherine Slonksnis tweets. The 25-year old pitcher has made one appearance in the big leagues this season, going four and two-thirds of an inning without allowing a run. He will face the injury-plagued Oakland A’s in the vast Oakland Coliseum, a great place for a young pitcher...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Resurgent Verlander helps Tigers rebound from rough stretch

DETROIT (AP) -- After allowing seven runs to the Cleveland Indians on May 3, Justin Verlander took to Twitter -- always a risky move for an athlete, especially one coming off a frustrating performance. "I'm going to dominate soon! I'm close," his tweet said. "Doubt me if you want. We'll see." Since then, Verlander has backed up his bold words, allowing just four runs in four starts...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Send Sanchez to the bullpen

For the entire season up to this point, and for all of 2015, Detroit Tigers right hander Anibal Sanchez has struggled to pitch deep into ballgames and rarely gives his team a chance to win. In his past 8 starts this year, the Tigers have lost 7 of them. The calendar is quickly turning to June and the Detroit Tigers need to make a move sooner rather than later. It does not make sense...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus’ meltdown hoodie fetches $5,000 at auction

The hoodie and cap Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus utilized as improvised props during a fantastic meltdown earlier this season has fetched $5,010 in an auction on MLB.com. The final bid amount on Ausmus' hoodie and cap closed at $5,010 https://t.co/rmt76RoYyi pic.twitter.com/19eh9mZVJf — Catherine Slonksnis (@CSlonksnis) May 26, 2016 Ausmus not surprisingly was ejected...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: New life over the past few weeks

The Detroit Tigers have won eight out of their last nine games, including a current winning streak of four. The Tigers have found new life in their hitting by scoring three or more runs in their past ten games. Behind the rejuvenated offense is none other than Miguel Cabrera. The star of the team has finally gotten into a groove and teams are having problems slowing him down. Before...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera gives thumbs up to Jeremy Hellickson on strikeout pitch

In the first two games of their series in Detroit, the Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to control Miguel Cabrera, but Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson got the future Hall of Famer to go down swinging on Tuesday night. Cabrera was impressed, and extended a seal of approval on the good pitch from the Phillies’ starter with a thumbs up. Hellickson got Cabrera to swing...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera gives pitcher props for strikeout pitch

Miguel Cabrera hit a RBI double in the first inning of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Phillies, but was greeted by a nasty changeup during his next at-bat that caused him to go down swinging. Cabrera had fouled off a few pitches up to that point, but elected to chase the nasty 2-2 pitch and struck out to end the third inning. It was so good that he even gave pitcher Jeremy Hellickson...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Moya and Maybin rejuvenate the outfield

The Detroit Tigers are currently 19-22 and fourth in the AL Central Division. The Tigers’ bats haven’t been what they should be this year and the outfield hasn’t helped. Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose, and Tyler Collins just haven’t gotten it done, but two newcomers to the roster have helped the Tigers win four of their past five games. Steven Moya and Cameron...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB auctioning off clothes from Brad Ausmus’ ejection

If you enjoyed the spectacle of Brad Ausmus’ ejection on Monday night, then now’s your chance to own quite the collectible. MLB.com is auctioning off the clothing worn by the Detroit Tigers manager during his memorable ejection. That includes the hooded sweatshirt he took off and put on home plate, and the cap he removed from his head and threw onto the field as he was exiting...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler is Turning Back the Clock

Usually, we expect players to follow a more or less expected curve of decline when they hit their 30s. Obviously everyone is different, but baseball is a young man’s game, and father time comes for us all. Research by Jeff Zimmerman in 2013 showed that hitters don’t even tend to peak nowadays: on average, they perform at a plateau upon reaching the majors, then they decline...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander predicted his own recent dominance

Leon Halip/Getty Images Justin Verlander has never not sounded confident in his abilities.  The confidence has beamed in 2011 and ’12 when he was the best pitcher on the planet and in 2014, ’15 and most of the young 2016 when he looked like Joe Schmo. Two and a half weeks ago, Verlander tweeted such confidence:   At the time, he had just gotten shellacked by the Cleveland...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus auctions off the hoodie from his dramatic ejection

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus put on a show while getting tossed from a game earlier this week against the lowly Minnesota Twins. Now he and the Tigers are looking to create a positive spin on an otherwise lamentable moment for the Tigers manager. While arguing in demonstrative fashion with home plate umpire Doug Eddings on Monday night, Ausmus ripped off his hoodie and placed...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Ian Kinsler told the baseball to get out of here

Instagram Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez both hit home runs during the Tigers’ seven-run seventh inning Tuesday.  Kinsler watched J.D. Mart’s jack from the bench and told the ball precisely where to go. You don’t need an advanced degree in lip reading to know that he told the ball to leave the yard. A video posted by Always Sunny (@itsalwayssunnyindetroit) on May...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Castellanos’ Launch-Angle Improvements

If you look at Nick Castellanos‘ traditional statistics, you obviously will notice that something is different. His OPS is over 1.000 after messing around in the 700 level before. This was the kind of improvement we were hoping for! The wait is over! If you look at the next level, things begin to muddy. Over 40% of the third baseman’s balls in play have fallen for hits, compared...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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