I’m sick of hearing about Jose Valverde‘s 49-for-49 save streak last season. We all know how that was constructed: with far too many saves that looked like Saturday afternoon’s harrowing win against the Royals. A lot has been written about Valverde’s intensity being dialed down a notch – or, apparently, disconnected altogether – when he’s […]
Game 163 was one year ago today tomorrow. Here’s our recap … Not to bum you out or anything. ESPN highlights available here. The Score: Twins 6 – Tigers 5, 12 innings The Gist: The Tigers and Twins played a game for the ages and both teams followed the respective scripts of the past three […]
Looking around the majors there are plenty of former Tigers doing well — and some not so well. Here’s a look at some of the more notable players and their current numbers: Placido Polanco, Phillies: .314 avg., 6 HR, 42 RBI, .348 OBP. Currently fifth in the N.L. in hitting, which is just another reason […]
ESPN highlights available here. The Score: Twins 6 – Tigers 5, 12 innings The Gist: The Tigers and Twins played a game for the ages and both teams followed the respective scripts of the past three weeks. For the Tigers, that meant squandering countless opportunities and watching a division lead evaporate. For the Twins: everything […]
Just saw the news that Fernando Rodney has been suspended for three games for his inexplicable heave-ho of the ball after Friday night’s win. Well, it was inexplicable to me; Rodney says he was only “feeling the moment.” Still, a three-game suspension? Please. Anyway, enjoy him, folks. He’ll be frustrating another team’s fans next year.
Yeah, so Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney ruined our night tonight. We’re used to that. Take heart. The Tigers still cling to first place. Doesn’t do much for you? Me either. So instead of cursing the Tigers bullpen, let’s travel back 30 years to July 12, 1979 and revisit Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, […]
A few random thoughts on the recent play of the Tigers… The Cleveland Clinic: Justin Verlander is once again proving that when his stuff is on, there are few better in the AL… And Edwin Jackson has proved my (and others’) skepticism about this deal unfounded. He seems to be the pitcher everyone in LA […]
Fernando Rodney #56 Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 220 2008 Stats: 0-6, 4.91 ERA, 13 Saves In a bottom-line business like major league baseball, fans tend to overlook stats such as 49 strikeouts in 40 innings or 13 saves from a late-inning reliever like Fernando Rodney. Six blown saves and an ERA a whisker under […]
This is the bullpen help we’ve been waiting for?
The Tigers were likely ecstatic when Joel Zumaya managed a quicker-than-expected return from shoulder reconstruction. A healthy Zumaya (and Fernando Rodney) was to revitalize a rickety bullpen and fill in the sizable reliability gap late in games. Except they didn’t. Zumaya was cleared to play in late June and appeared in 21 games (23.1 IP). […]