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Tiger Tales: A Detroit Tigers Blog

Updated: 2016-10-24T04:08:16.366-04:00


Taking a Break


I have not posted since April 24 when I predicted that Justin Upton would likely start hitting soon. More than a month later he's still not hitting much, but I don't really want to talk about Upton here. I have been writing here since 2005 and have over 1,000 posts, but have not added much the past several months due to additional family and job responsibilities. I don't really have time for much

This Happens To Justin Upton Every Year


When the Tigers inked outfielder Justin Upton in January, there was not much to dislike about the signing.  First of all, few were expecting another big move by the Tigers who had already reached the luxury tax threshold for payrolls.  He was just 28 years old and was coming off a three-year stretch with a 126 OPS+, along with a career 120 OPS+. He did sign for a lot of money - $22 million per

So, Now How Many Games Will The Tigers Win in 2016?


During the winter, I crunched the numbers and arrived at 90 wins for the Tigers.  When I saw that other sites such as FanGraphs (81 wins) and Baseball Prospectus (79) were must less optimistic about the Tigers, I was thinking maybe I was being biased.  So, I looked at my projections again, but came to the conclusion that the Tigers were a better team than the more sophisticated systems were

Jose Valdez Among Nine "Cut" By Tigers


According to several Twitter sources, the Tigers optioned right-hander Jose Valdez to Triple-A Toledo this morning.  Additionally, pitchers Drake Britton and Presto Guilmet, catcher Miguel Gonzalez, first baseman Dominic Ficocielo, infielders Tommy Field and Jacoby Jones and outfielders Mike Gerber and Jason Krizan were re-assigned to minor league camp.  That leaves the Tigers with 43 players

Joe Jimenez Among Tigers Reassigned To Minor League Camp


The Tigers announced via their official twitter account this morning that pitchers Joe Jimenez and Kevin Ziomek and catchers Austin Green and Kade Scrivique have been re-assigned to minor league camp.  This leaves 55 Tigers in Major League camp meaning there are still 30 "cuts" to make by opening day. The most significant name on the list is Jimenez who had been throwing well in early spring

How Good Was Tony Phillips?


(Photo Credit: Detoit News) Detroit Tigers fans all over the internet were saddened today when the heard of the death of Tony Phillips at the age of 56.  The news brought back images of his deep crouching stance, his flashing eyes and never ending spray of sun flower seeds.  The versatile utility man was a bundle of energy and a joy to watch. What some fans and media failed to recognize at

How Many Runs Will The Tigers Allow in 2016?


The Tigers are counting on recently acquired Jordan Zimmermann to bolster their rotation in 2016. (Photo credit: H. Darr Beiser, USA Today Sports)  Now that I have projected the Tigers runs scored total for 2016, the next step is to estimate how many runs they will give up.  Run prevention is more difficult to predict because pitcher's arms are so fragile and their performance so volatile, but

How Many Runs Will The Tigers Score In 2016?


How many runs will new left fielder Justin Upton contribute to the Tigers offense in 2016? (Photo credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images) With the recent acquisition of outfielder Justin Upton, the Tigers seem to be pretty much set with their position players going into the 2016 season.  So, I will now try to predict how many runs they will score.  I was pretty good (lucky?) at projecting the

Which Hitters Were Best At Advancing Runners in 2015?


Reds star Joey Votto excelled at advancing runners in 2015 (Photo credit: USA Today/ Sports Illustrated) In earlier posts, I discussed some statistics which describe how runs are scored: (1) Baseball Prospectus' Others Batted In Percentage statistic which is the percent of runners on base which a batter drives in; (2) Runs Assisted which is the number of runs to which a batted contributed

If I Had A Hall Of Fame Ballot: 2016


Superstar Ken Griffey should make Hall-of-Fame in first year on ballot.  (Photo credit: EDIT: I have now added Jeff Bagwell and dropped Larry Walker.  I had Bagwell last year, but then deleted him this year.  My brain thinks he is already in the Hall of Fame.   There have been seven new Hall-of-Fame Inductees in the past two years - first baseman Frank Thomas, second baseman Craig