August 18, 2008

Game 125: Rogers Enjoys the Home Cooking

The Score: Tigers 8 – Rangers 7 The Gist: Gary Sheffield hit his 493rd career jack and went 3 for 5, and Curtis Granderson drove in four as the Tigers escaped with an 8-7 win in Arlington. Kenny Rogers eeked out a win thanks to two four-run outbursts by his teammates in the seventh and […]

August 15, 2008

Back in Time: 2008 is 2005

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Here we are, approaching the third weekend of August, and the Tigers are mired in third place, nine-and-a-half games out of first place. And, as I’m always reminding myself, only five games out of last place. This was supposed to be like 1984, 1968 or even 1945. It […]

August 12, 2008

Kruk on Sheff: “The player is the last one to know he’s not the player he used to be.” Also weighs in on Garcia move.

August 12, 2008

Sheff Put On Waivers

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting (at 4:45 p.m. ET today) that the Tigers have put grumpy Gary Sheffield on waivers. Teams aren’t permitted to comment on the waiver process, so it’s possible the timing is coincidental. But there were indications that the Tigers floated Sheffield’s name in trade talks before the July 31 trading deadline. […]

July 20, 2008

Game 98: Two Kinds of Heat

The Score: Tigers 5 – Orioles 1 The Gist: Justin Verlander dominated — 8.2 IP, three hits, three walks, three strikeouts — and Magglio Ordonez and Marcus Thames went yard to lead the Tigers to a series split against the pesky Orioles. Brandon Inge made the play of the week, if not the year, for […]

July 17, 2008

Game 95: Tightrope Walking

ESPN highlights available here. The Score: Tigers 6 – Orioles 5 The Gist: Gary Sheffield went yard (almost twice), as did Marcus Thames and Brandon Inge, and Kenny Rogers pitched just good enough to win the opening game of the four-gamer against the Orioles. Magglio Ordonez went 1 for 5 in his return from the […]

May 22, 2008

Game 47: Seattle Slew

The Gist: Hey now! Jeremy Bonderman earns a quality start — and a win — after a six-inning, eight-hit outing against the Mariners. And what do you know? The Tigers beat the Mariners 9-2 to sweep the series. Freddy Dolsi was lights-out over three innings of no-hit relief. The Tigers banged out 13 hits (43 […]

May 5, 2008

Games 30-32: Drastic Times…

ESPN recaps — but no highlights?! — available here, here and here. The Gist: The Tigers lost virtually every way possible in the Twin Cities this past weekend. They wouldn’t hit on Friday, couldn’t hit on Saturday, and hit for only a few innings on Sunday. Of course, Detroit couldn’t escape the Metrodome without a […]

May 1, 2008

A Look Back at April

Tigers April Record: 13-15 Individual Batting Leaders (minimum 20 games, my totally subjective criteria) Average: Carlos Guillen, .321 Home Runs: Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, 5 RBI: Cabrera/Ordonez, 19 OBP: Guillen, .414 OPS: Guillen, .938 SLG: Guillen, .524 SB: Guillen, Pudge Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, 3 Individual Pitching Leaders Wins: Five pitchers tied with two each – […]

April 30, 2008

Game 28: Tigers End April in the D at 13-15

ESPN highlights available here. The Gist: Jeremy Bonderman avoided a serious first-inning problem by yielding “only” two runs. Then he was all business: 7.2 innings pitched, five hits, the aforementioned two runs (both earned) and, oddly enough, just one strikeout. Placido Polanco appears to have caught fire in New York, highlighted by two home runs […]