April Musings

Some good, some bad, some stats for the month of April:

  • Gary Sheffield managed 19 walks which is pretty incredible for a guy who is hitting .200 in front of a guy hitting 344/434/622. That total matches Bobby Higginson’s 19 walk effort in 1999 as the most walks by a Tiger in April
  • Marcus Thames managed to slug 515 while batting 182. He hit only one single for the month – and 3 homers
  • Another interesting Thames note, he had 35 plate appearances, and with his 15 K’s, 2 walks, and 3 homers, the defense only needed to do something in 15 of those plate appearances
  • I’m not complaining about Curtis Granderson’s production at all, he’s slugging 525 after all. But…Granderson has only 6 walks against 28 k’s. The exact same ratio as Craig Monroe.
  • Pudge Rodriguez who was exercising some plate discipline during the spring hasn’t seen that translate. Rodriguez only has 1 walk on the season.
  • Jeremy Bonderman is sporting the ultra-impressive 33:5 strikeout to walk ratio. The second best ratio behind Bonderman belongs to the much maligned Fernando Rodney who is at 13:4.
  • Chad Durbin was next at 18:6. Of course these were April only stats.
  • The Tigers turned 24 bases loaded at-bats into 32 runs. Four grand slams and a couple doubles will help with that.

Today I heard several local sports talk hosts talk about the Tigers struggles and disappointing month. I’m just not seeing it. Granted, they weren’t clicking on all cylinders, but they’re hanging with the rest of the division. Heaven forbid the Detroit has a month in which they can only manage a 12-12 record. It wasn’t a great month team wise, but I’d still have to rate it as pretty good.

Cold as Ice: April is in the books » Mack Avenue Tigers has more April musings for your enjoyment.


  1. Brian

    May 1, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Pudge may have just the one walk, but it drew it when the Tigers needed it.


    He led off with a walk in the twelth inning in the game linked above and scored the winning run.

  2. Anne

    May 2, 2007 at 8:29 am

    I also heard the sports radio talk about the team in April. I think a lot of it comes from the feeling, like we’ve talked about here, that even when they win they have to struggle for it. All these close and extra-inning games wear out the fans as well as the team.

    And Bonderman’s 33:5 just blows my mind. Even Mr. Cy Young Johan Santana is “only” around 4:1. Let’s hope Bondo’s luck improves from here out, I’d love to see him at least considered for a Cy Young.

  3. Jason

    May 2, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    I’m pretty thrilled with a 13-11 April mark considering how bad the bullpen and the hitting was. Those things will come around and already are showing improvement. I don’t think the Tigers played as well as they’re capable of, so to have that record in what might be an “off” month is fine by me.

    The key to last year was the starting pitching and fortunately that’s picked up where it left off.

    Hopefully we’re seeing the beginnings of a little hot streak here, a nice win 10 of 12 streak would do a lot for everyone’s confidence.

  4. T Smith

    May 3, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    I think the disappointing thing isn’t necessarily the final tally — I think Rod Allen put it best when he said had things clicked just a little better offensively, the Tigers could easily have 20 wins in the bank…. brilliant pitching and a lot of one run games, and a couple of blown saves… I agree there will be the 12-12 months and overall we shouldn’t complain about April. But this could have been a phenominal month had the cylinders fired even at 80%, with an April record on par to the 1984 April record. That’s where I see the disappointment… not necessarily the overall achievement.

  5. Kyle J

    May 3, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I was curious whether the team’s overall plate discipline had improved since last year–given the offseason emphasis on reducing strikeouts and increasing walks (which is, of course, hard to do at the same time).

    Last year, the Tigers walked 0.38 times per strike out (430/1133).

    This year, they’ve walked 0.50 times per strike out (94/188).

    Of course, a big piece of the imporvement is a function of adding Sheffield to the lineup. His ratio is currently 1.18 (20/17).

    But even without his stats included, this year’s team ratio is 0.43 (74/171).

    That’s a fairly substantial improvement. And hopefully that improves a bit more as Monroe and Inge pull out of their early-season struggles. Anecdotally, it seems like both those players have been swining at fewer bad pitches than last year. They just haven’t been making contact with the good pitches (up until the last several days).