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Spring Training

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Underrating the Overcats

22.03.2013 28 comments

I can’t promise that it’s not just a pleasant dream and that you won’t soon wake up still in 2003 (or the right-side-up version of the above), but for at least the second year in a row the Detroit Tigers aren’t merely contenders, but favorites. In several categories. A very strong team on paper, even […]

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The Ides Of March

16.03.2013 54 comments

The Ides of Boesch is a day on the Roman Calendar corresponding with March 13, a date which has become notorious for Detroit Tigers spring transactions, as illustrated in the prophetic 1798 painting The Unconditional Release of Brennan. Will the Yankees be able to fix Brennan Boesch? Maybe. But let no one later claim that […]

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How Time Flies

10.03.2013 83 comments

The Detroit Tigers are 8-7 in Grapefruit League play as of this writing and are having a rather good spring overall, statistically speaking. A few injuries and a few WBC excused absences are the only flies in the ointment at this point. We’re getting to the point where Spring Training starts to get interesting, or […]

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Rick Porcello Trade Talks

04.03.2013 53 comments

According to ESPN (my Scorecenter App alert, to be precise) – the Rangers have inquired about Rick Porcello. This makes sense to me for a number of reasons. 1) The Rangers just lost Martin Perez for several months with a fractured forearm. Perez was slated to be their #5. This is a team who has […]

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Don’t Ask Dotel (about Miguel Cabrera)

22.02.2013 26 comments

Is there trouble brewing in the clubhouse? Or is there nothing else to talk about? The fallout from the Yahoo article I posted on Wednesday has been at least measurable, if not significant. Of course, Dotel clumsily backtracked yesterday (think Delmon Young in LF) and apologized to Miggy, So what do you guys think? I think […]

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Happy 30th, JV.

20.02.2013 5 comments

Here’s a video card! (from MLive) Not a whole lot going on, other then games of pepper and intrasquad scrimmages, so here are a few links to keep you going until Rondon gets drilled and TSE demands that we resign Valverde for a logical 1 year salary which is not irrationally based on his positive […]

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Catching Up

09.02.2013 30 comments

Hello Friends – This PED stuff is really interesting to me. My reaction to the latest reports on Biogenesis was a far cry from the disappointment that I had to similar reports in the (way) past. At this point in time, I’m surprised there weren’t more people on the list. Or any Tigers for that […]

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Countdown to the 2013 Season

01.02.2013 44 comments

It is getting to be that time of year: TigerFest has reminded the fans that the season is on its way, the pitchers and catchers are starting to pack their bags (they report in only 11 days), the turtle is clearing its throat, and Opening Day is exactly 2 months away. Here is a scrapbook of […]

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Spring Training Box Scores

26.03.2012 9 comments

The Tigers’ 14-4 spring training record is one of the best in the majors, and one of the best in recent Tigers history. They haven’t lost back to back games all spring. Largely inconsequential, yes; but it’s better than 4-14. Spring Training stats are generally poor performance predictors, but let’s see if a deeper look […]

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DTW News and Notes 3-15-12

15.03.2012 13 comments

21 days away… Jacob Turner has been shut down for a week with shoulder problems. I think “tendinitis” is code for “confidence reparation.”  I don’t think he’s gonna be the 5th starter to start the season. Octavio Dotel is playing for this 13th team in 13 years, an ML record.  ESPN ran an amusing article on […]

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Thursday Links and an Open Spring Training Thread

08.03.2012 7 comments

- Your ML best 5-0 Tigers rolled to another win yesterday.  Andy Oliver pitched 3 shutout innings, walking 3 and striking out 3, and Miggy hit is first bomb of the spring to go along with a slick play coming in on a ball at third.  Will they ever lose? – This is a little […]

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PECOTA 2012

26.02.2012 18 comments

PECOTA is the player performance projection system developed by Nate Silver and subsequently purchased by Baseball Prospectus.  I don’t have any documented support for this, but I think that it is safe to say that it is widely regarded as the best player forecaster around.  Before we get into the Tigers projections, realize that PECOTA […]

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