2012 Archives http://www.tigersdenblog.com/table/2012-articles/august/ Mon, 22 May 2017 21:25:58 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Tigers designate Jeff Baker for assignment, call up Avisail Garcia http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/tigers-designate-jeff-baker-for-assignment-call-up-avisail-garcia.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/tigers-designate-jeff-baker-for-assignment-call-up-avisail-garcia.html JeffBakerCubsLet’s all hope the two players-to-be-named-later that the Tigers sent to the Chicago Cubs end up being a bunch of nobodies because the Tigers have decided to part ways with recently-acquired platoon man Jeff Baker after just 15 games and 37 (abysmal) plate appearances. Baker was brought in to hit against left-handed pitching, but he managed a terrible .185/.231/.416 line in that capacity as a member of the Tigers.

It’s an incredibly small sample size of course, and he most certainly would hit better than that going forward, but the club has apparently decided to “shake things up a bit” with a move. Replacing Baker on the active roster will be top outfield prospect (unless you consider Nick Castellanos to now be an outfield prospect) Avisail Garcia.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:58:34 +0000
Trading Jhonny Peralta in the offseason would be a bad move http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/trading-jhonny-peralta-in-the-offseason-would-be-a-bad-move.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/trading-jhonny-peralta-in-the-offseason-would-be-a-bad-move.html JhonnyPeraltaLynn Henning had a column up on The Detroit News yesterday about the likely roster turnover we can expect between this year and next. It’s actually a good piece in its simplicity – just a list of players with a short blurb on each – but it does a nice job of showing just how different next year’s squad may be.

I suggest reading the full piece if you haven’t already, but here’s the list of guys he’s says won’t be back:

Jose Valverde, RP

Jhonny Peralta, SS

Jeff Baker, IF/OF

Ryan Raburn, IF/OF

Brennan Boesch, OF

Quintin Berry, OF

Delmon Young, OF/DH

Anibal Sanchez, SP

Phil Coke, RP

Ramon Santiago, IF

I think the list is sound in a general sense, although we could nitpick about the roles of Santiago, Boesch, and Berry, but I do have one major gripe and it’s about Peralta being included on this list. In fairness to Henning, he’s not suggesting that the Tigers walk away from Peralta, but he advocates that trading him might help to plug holes elsewhere (namely defensive holes). Here’s what he says about him:

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:00:59 +0000
Miguel Cabrera returns to the Tigers lineup and the field for series opener in Kansas City http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/miguel-cabrera-returns-to-the-detroit-tigers-lineup-and-the-field-for-series-opener-in-kansas-city.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/miguel-cabrera-returns-to-the-detroit-tigers-lineup-and-the-field-for-series-opener-in-kansas-city.html MiguelCabrera2Miguel Cabrera was given the afternoon off on Sunday to help heal his injured ankle that forced him to exit Thursday’s game early and serve as the team’s designated hitter on Friday and Saturday. The hope was that pairing the break on Sunday with the scheduled off-day on Monday would allow him to return to full action this week.

It appears the strategy worked, as Cabrera will rejoin the team both in the lineup and in the field tonight.

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday’s 8:00 PM (ET) series opener versus the Kansas City Royals. (via Brian Britten, director of media relations for the Tigers).

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:17:36 +0000
Delmon Young’s hot month of August http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/detroit-tigers-delmon-youngs-hot-month-of-august.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/detroit-tigers-delmon-youngs-hot-month-of-august.html DelmonYoungDelmon Young homered in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Angels to provide a bit of extra insurance in the eventual 5-2 win. The homer, along with an earlier double, gave Young four extra base hits in the last two games. With Miguel Cabrera hobbled for the series (and out completely on Sunday) the extra thump in the lineup was greatly appreciated.

But Delmon’s hot bat hasn’t been limited to just these two games against the Angels, he’s been on a relative tear for the entire month of August. Here’s his line (in 86 plate appearances): .309/.337/.506. His walk rate still hasn’t been any good (just 3.4%), but his strikeout rate has been low (9.3%, about half of his career rate) and he’s actually been driving the ball. Young has made a career out of people mistaking him for a power hitter (his career isolated power is only .139), but he’s been true slugger for the month with an ISO just shy of .200.

If this is what Delmon could be, he’d be a valuable hitter, even at the DH position. Now, I’m well past the point of believing that he will suddenly morph into a plus bat, but it wouldn’t take a boost in BABIP or HR/FB rate to do it – he has the necessary hitting tools already – but what it would take is an adjustment in either his walk or strikeout rates.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:09:51 +0000
Video Highlights: Tigers defeat Angels 5-2 http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/detroit-tigers-video-highlights-tigers-defeat-angels-5-2.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/detroit-tigers-video-highlights-tigers-defeat-angels-5-2.html The Detroit Tigers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday afternoon behind a fantastic pitching effort by Max Scherzer, and a power display by the middle of the order. Here are the highlights:

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:39:45 +0000
Tigers Have Strong Record Versus Teams Competing For Playoff Spot And An Easy Remaining Schedule http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/tigers-have-strong-record-versus-teams-competing-for-playoff-spot-and-an-easy-remaining-schedule.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/tigers-have-strong-record-versus-teams-competing-for-playoff-spot-and-an-easy-remaining-schedule.html JimLeylandLineupCardThe Detroit Tigers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to take the series two games to one. The Tigers hold a 4-2 season series record versus the Angels with three games left to play (in Anaheim in two weeks).

The Tigers are currently competing with five teams for playoff positioning as we turn to the home stretch of the season. The Chicago White Sox are the obvious competition, they lead the AL Central by a couple of games, but they’re also battling it out with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Oakland Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Angels for a potential Wild Card berth (should it come to that).

Detroit has put up a strong showing versus that collective group with a 21-13 combined record (they’re even or better versus each of the five teams).

Detroit’s remaining schedule should be one of the easier in baseball, and should provide every opportunity for the team to show they deserve a spot in October. Here’s the breakdown of their 35 remaining games (in order of my perceived playoff relevance):

]]> mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:45:24 +0000 Miguel Cabrera Missing From Lineup For First Time This Season http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/miguel-cabrera-missing-from-lineup-for-first-time-this-season.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/miguel-cabrera-missing-from-lineup-for-first-time-this-season.html CabreraPeavyThe lineups have been announced for the Detroit Tigers’ Sunday matinee versus the Los Angeles Angels and Miguel Cabrera’s name is missing for the first time all year. MLive’s Chris Iott makes the announcement:

Cabrera is not in the starting lineup for the game today against the Los Angeles Angels. He has started each of the first 126 games this season, but he has been battling a right ankle injury that forced him out of the game early Thursday.

The ankle must not have affected him too much at the plate – he had two extra base hits and a 1.000 OPS in two games as the team’s DH – but he wasn’t healthy enough to play in the field, and the team could really use Miguel Cabrera at 100% down the stretch.

With Cabrera out of the lineup, Delmon Young will shift back to DH, and Jeff Baker will remain at the hot corner. Andy Dirks will start in the outfield and bat third.

Matt  Snyder writes about Baseball, Football, and College Basketball. He can be found online as the creator and editor of Forever Faithful, the editor of The Tigers Den, a contributor to Call To The Pen, and a contributor to SideLion Report. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:32:56 +0000
Second-half Ryan Raburn Could Still Help the Detroit Tigers http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/second-half-ryan-raburn-could-still-help-the-detroit-tigers.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/second-half-ryan-raburn-could-still-help-the-detroit-tigers.html RyanRaburn2He’s doing it again. Of course, he’s currently doing it in the minor leagues against Triple-A pitching, but in two rehab starts in Toledo (11 plate appearances) Ryan Rabrun has put up a .444/.545/1.222 line (that’s a 1.768 OPS). Included in that line are two home runs.

It’s obviously an incredibly small sample size, but a return of “second-half” Ryan Raburn could be an incredible asset to the Tigers in September and even in the (gulp) playoffs. I wouldn’t blame any fans if they’re well beyond trusting Raburn in the lineup (I’m there myself), but the team could still use a boost against left handed pitching (where Raburn has a career .799 OPS).

Raburn’s career has been a rollercoaster ride in Detroit. It seems like every year for the past few years he’s tabbed for a starting role out of spring training only to flame out once the real games begin. But just when he’s counted out for good by the fans and media, he’s come back with and ripped the cover off the ball. Here are his inexplicable career splits: .215/.273/.367 (1st half) and .296/.347/.491 (2nd half). That's "shouldn't be in baseball" and "probably could be an All-Star". The whould thing hardly makes sense.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:59:20 +0000
Game 123 Diary: Anibal Sanchez Picks Up His Second Win as a Tiger http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/game-123-diary-annibal-sanchez-picks-up-his-second-win-as-a-tiger.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/game-123-diary-annibal-sanchez-picks-up-his-second-win-as-a-tiger.html I thought I’d do something a little bit different for game number “123”. The following are some of my thoughts as play develops throughout the game.

Pregame

Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for his fifth outing as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He’s way better than the 7.97 ERA he’s put up since joining the team, although his secondary numbers have been concerning. His strikeoute rate is down by nearly two and a half K’s per nine innings, and his walk rate and home run rate are both well up from their previous Miami levels.

I’m certain that bad luck and random variation explain a good bit of his poor performance, but there’s also no doubt that he’s contributed to the struggle by just plain pitching poorly. He was acquired to be a solid number three type starter, and the team will need him to be just that as they begin the stretch run toward October. I would think that now’s a good time for him to start his turnaround.

First Inning

Wow. Omar Infante almost played his way to an error right off the bat. Letting the speedy Rajai Davis to reach base to being the game wouldn’t have been the way help build up Sanchez’s confidence on the mound. Thankfully Infante was able stay with the ball after allowing it to glance off his glove and record the out – didn’t look like it was by more than a half a step.

Fantastic job by Sanchez to finish out the half inning with a strikeout of Colby Rasmus and a (relatively) lazy fly ball from Edwin Encarnacion. Sanchez is throwing strikes, which is great to see, but he’s not necessarily commanding the zone.

The Tigers go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first. They didn’t particularly show any patience at the plate which is a bit disappointing after last night’s eight walk, zero strikeout game.

 

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Thu, 23 Aug 2012 01:46:23 +0000
Tigers Hope To Pull Back Into Playoff Position, Season Set Up For Exciting Finish http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/tigers-hope-to-pull-back-into-playoff-position-season-set-up-for-exciting-finish.html http://www.tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/august/tigers-hope-to-pull-back-into-playoff-position-season-set-up-for-exciting-finish.html CabreraPeavyI think most Tigers fans were planning on being in coast mode at this time of the year. Predicted by many to be the runaway favorites in the American League Central, the division was supposed to be all but locked up once late August and September rolled around; the only question was whether or not they’d also finish with the best record in the entire American League.

But the baseball season often doesn’t unfold as anticipated. The Tigers dug themselves a nice hole with a horrible month of May, and the Chicago White Sox, fuelled by the resurgence of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, and Jake Peavy, the arrival of Chris Sale in the rotation, and a career year from A.J. Pierzynski, have lead the way in the division for much of the season.

Detroit was supposed to be a premier offensive club, but many of their break-out hitters have fizzled. A season ago, Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta*, Brennan Boesch, Ryan Raburn, and Delmon Young combined for 13.1 WAR (as reported by FanGraphs). This season, those same five players have combined for 1.6 WAR. The White Sox, on the other hand, were supposed to be an also-ran in the division, but have found resurgence in quite a few places. In 2011, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jake Peavy combined for 0.7 WAR. This year, those four players have given the Sox 12.3 WAR. These numbers represent a huge swing in wins from a relatively small number of players.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) August Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:03:31 +0000