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by @ Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

I hope I did my math right, but the number in the title has some significance.  The Tigers sit at 45-41 right now and with six games left in the first half, they need just one win to finish going into the break with at least a .500 record.  Since Jim…

What is an Ace?

by @ Friday, July 1st, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The term “ace” is thrown around way too much these days.  Of course this is my opinion but I don’t think an ace is a team’s number one pitcher.  While guys Luke Hochevar and Wandy Rodriguez are probably their team’s best…

Tigers and Strikeouts

by @ Monday, June 27th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers, Tigers History

Yesterday when I was at the White Sox/Nationals game, Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts.  When I was looking at the Tigers box score, I noticed that Austin Jackson also had four strikeouts and was 0 for 4 (although he drew one walk).  Four …

Tigers Honor Sparky With Win Over Diamondbacks

by @ Sunday, June 26th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

With former Tigers Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson on the other side of the field, the Tigers took care of the Diamondbacks this afternoon.  They had one good inning but that was more then enough for the Tigers to walk away with the win. Brad Penny had …

First Place and Magglio Ordonez

by @ Monday, June 13th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

For the second straight day, the Tigers sit in a tie with the Indians for first place in the American League Central.  On Sunday, they kind of backed right into it because the pen struggled in their finale against the Mariners but fortunately, the Ind…

Phil Coke Is Shaky In Return

by @ Thursday, June 9th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Indians lost again yesterday and a Tigers win would have put them just a half game back of first place.  It wasn’t to be though because the Rangers bounced back on Phil Coke, who made his return to the rotation last night.  He gave up six r…

Rick Porcello Leads Tigers In Win Over Rangers

by @ Wednesday, June 8th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers got it done again. I don’t know what’s more encouraging, the fact that Rick Porcello had another nice start or that the Tigers’ hitters are taking it to a pretty good Rangers pitching staff.  38 hits in two games is nothin…

Boesch’s Big Night

by @ Tuesday, June 7th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

Prior to last night’s game, Brennan Boesch was 0 for 10 lifetime against Colby Lewis.  He broke that slump with a pair of home runs against the Texas starter and he went on to have a career game.  When the dust settled, Boesch was five for six …

Tigers Head to Texas With Some Momentum

by @ Monday, June 6th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers now sit just 2 1/2 games back of the first place Indians after taking two of three in Chicago over the weekend.  The Tigers have won five of six but they’re heading to Texas to take on an equally hot Texas Rangers team that’s wo…

Fear Factor

by @ Wednesday, June 1st, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

Sometime it’s the moves you don’t make as opposed to the ones you do that come back to haunt you.  Yesterday I wrote about the Tigers troubles at second base.  Scott Sizemore is gone (and I think they gave up on him way too early), Wil Rh…

Tigers Squeak By Twins

by @ Monday, May 30th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

Memorial Day was a good one for Tigers fans at they took on their not quite so arch-nemisis, the Minnesota Twins, in some afternoon action.  This was definitely a back and forth game.  The Tigers jumped to an early 3-0 lead, went down 5-3, then came …

Rick Porcello Helps Tigers End Skid

by @ Sunday, May 22nd, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers ended their five game skid this afternoon behind a stellar outing by Rick Porcello.  He needed just 84 pitches to get through eight shutout innings and he gave up just a hit and two walks.  Oddly, Porcello gave up nine fly balls to nine g…

Another Streak

by @ Saturday, May 21st, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers are in the midst of yet another streak, unfortunately this time it’s of the losing variety.  They’ve dropped four in a row to once again fall to .500 and they sit at an even 22-22, tied with the Royals and six games back of the …

Getting Caught Up

by @ Wednesday, May 11th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks.  When I left, the Tigers were on a winning streak.  Then they went on a losing streak.  Now they’re winning again and they’ve pushed their record to a game above .500.  Throw in a no-hitte…

Wrong Direction

by @ Thursday, April 28th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers took their four game winning streak into a three game series at home against the Mariners and simply laid an egg.  Three games, three mediocre outings by the Tigers starters and a grand total of six runs over three games.  The Mariners off…

White Sox Sweep

by @ Monday, April 25th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers took care of business behind some solid pitching this weekend with a three game sweep over the Chicago White Sox.  It’s the Tigers fourth straight win and they now sit at 12-10, tied with the Royals and two losses back of the Indians….

Justin Verlander Strikes Out Number 1,000

by @ Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

A little over five years ago, Justin Verlander broke onto the scene and somewhat surprisingly made the 2006 team as the Tigers broke camp after a couple of spot starts the year before in 2005.  Since then he’s established himself as a bona fide …

There and Back Again

by @ Monday, April 18th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

On Friday, things were looking up.  The team won their fourth straight game and pushed their record to an even 7-7 on the season.  Two games (and only three runs) later, and the Tigers are back to two games below .500 where they sit in fourth place i…

Three Series Down, Three Series Lost

by @ Monday, April 11th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers wrapped up their third series of the season yesterday and for the third straight time, they lost the series.  And it’s just in time for the Texas Rangers to come into town and they’re only 8-1 and the defending AL champs.  Unfo…

Bullpen Falters, Tigers Fall to 2-4

by @ Friday, April 8th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

Ryan Perry was the latest casualty.  He wears contacts and he has an eye abrasion so he can’t put his contacts in for about a week.  That put him on the 15 day disabled list and in his place, Robbie Weinhardt got the call up.  And the bullpen …

Slow Starts Abound With 1-3 Tigers

by @ Monday, April 4th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

First off, the 1-2 start by the Tigers didn’t worry me too much.  The Yankees are still an elite team and that lineup is just brutal.  I knew we were in trouble when the pen didn’t get the job done after Justin Verlander’s solid sta…

Verlander is Okay

by @ Friday, April 1st, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

I heard a completely unsubstantiated rumor that Justin Verlander was okay.  In fact it doesn’t even look like he had to go see a doctor or anyone for that matter. April Fool’s Day has become a little bit of a tradition. If you want to chec…

Let the Games Begin

by @ Thursday, March 31st, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers kick off their regular season today in New York against the Yankees at around 1 pm.  This should be a fun pitching matchup with Justin Verlander going up against CC Sabathia.  I’ll be in the car during most of the game so I’ll …

Tigers Blown Out By Orioles

by @ Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

If the games didn’t matter before, they really don’t matter now as only one spring game separates the spring season from the regular season.   The biggest concern was Max Scherzer was pummeled by the Orioles.  It looks like Leyland left …

Predictions, Prediction, Predictions

by @ Monday, March 28th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers made their final cuts and at least for opening day, the team is set.  The Tigers kick things off Thursday afternoon against the Yankees and while I made some predictions in my Hardball Times preview, here I’m going to make some more s…

Adam Wilk Struggles in Loss to Braves

by @ Saturday, March 26th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

You can tell the real games are close because the Tigers are pitching some guys to come to a final decision on their 25 man roster.  Adam Wilk got the nod (he’s actually fighting for one of the last spots) against the Braves yesterday and he str…

Justin Verlander Throws Six Shutout Innings In Win Over Nationals

by @ Monday, March 21st, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

Justin Verlander was in his usual form in the Tigers 6-1 win over the Nationals.  He gave up six hits and a walk in six shutout innings with seven strikeouts in the win.  With about a week and a half left until Opening Day, Verlander will probably ge…

Tigers Double Up Nationals

by @ Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers improved to 13-7 on the spring season with a nice win over the Nationals.  Rick Porcello threw almost five innings and he gave up just one run on five hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Jose Valverde and Dan Schlereth threw shutout f…

Rick Porcello Roughed Up By Phillies

by @ Thursday, March 10th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

One bad inning by Rick Porcello cost the Tigers their ninth spring win of the season yesterday.  He gave up four runs in the second frame including a three run home run and that was the difference in the Tigers 5-3 loss.  Adam Wilk pitched two scorel…

Tigers Edge Mets Behind Solid Start By Brad Penny

by @ Tuesday, March 8th, 2011. Filed under 2011 Tigers

The Tigers improved to 8-4 on the spring with a 2-1 win over the Mets yesterday. Brad Penny went 3 1/3 and he gave up three hits with four strikeouts in a solid start.  He still hasn’t given up an earned run this spring.  Chris Oxspring  gave …

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