So while yesterday was the exhibition to the exhibition season, this one was against the New York Mets, a bona fide big league club. And the Tigers won. Mack Avenue Tigers has the wrap-up so I won’t duplicate it here. I will just point out good games for Marcus Thames, Curtis Granderson, and Andrew Miller and a pretty rough game for Neifi Perez.
Because of research and video blogs and interviews, I’m a full week behind on links and such so I’ll try to catch-up.
When the big club is away, the kids will play. Roger DeWitt caught some of the action so if you want to see the possible Tigers of the distant future, you can see Dallas Trahern, Jeff Larish, and Audy Ciriaco (who I’m hoping has a big year) sporting Tigers road garb.
The Tigers are the cover story on ESPN.com. Jayson Stark pens (er, types) a piece on what a difference a year makes. There’s also video of Peter Gammons and Stark speaking favorably about the Tigers chances. And on a related ESPNish note, Mike McClary’s latest podcast features Gary Gillette.
Eric Jackson at D-town Baseball looks at how pitchers fare in different counts. Plus, anyone can take a look at this type of stuff now because Sean Forman of Baseball Reference now includes a ton of pitch specific information on player pages going back to 2000. For an example, check out our favorite subject Curtis Granderson (nice to see the 78% contact rate in limited 2005 action).
Channel 7 WXYZ in Detroit recently launched a new website that is all Tigers called the Dugout. It of course has a feed of wire stories. It also has a wide variety of video, including a webcast with Jamie and Brady from WDFN. But what really differentiates it is that it includes links to blog stories as well. It’s great to see the MSM linking out to us independent guys. Make sure to check it out for all kinds of information.
Jeremy Bonderman’s change-up is a yearly thing. One of the advantages of bringing Bonderman North in 2003 was that he would benefit from Bob Cluck’s change-up tutelage with the Tigers. It didn’t so much work out. I don’t think Bonderman has to have a 3rd pitch, but it would certainly help. When his fastball and slider are working (which is 2/3 of the time it seems) he can go an entire game without a 3rd pitch. Where it will help is those times where one of his other pitches isn’t working.
Here are some things from last week that you probably saw, but in case you didn’t: