July 7, 2012

Valverde Another in Long Line of Infuriating Tigers Closers

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 […]

October 5, 2010

Fungo Flashback: Game 163: Microcosm, The Sequel Nutshell

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 […]

August 27, 2010

How are Former Tigers Faring in 2010?

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 […]

October 6, 2009

Game 163: Microcosm, The Sequel Nutshell

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 […]

September 8, 2009

Tuesday Tananas: Feeling the Moment, Power Poll Respect and Steve Kemp’s Pain

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.

July 6, 2009

Disco Demolition Night 30 Years Later

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, […]

May 12, 2009

This ‘n’ Tat

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 […]

February 25, 2009

2009 Player Profile: Fernando Rodney

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 […]

January 14, 2009

Now I Feel Better

This is the bullpen help we’ve been waiting for?

December 27, 2008

The Top 10 Tigers Stories of 2008: #6 – Joel Zumaya Gets Hurt Again

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). […]