September 9, 2011

The Friday Breakfast: Adios to the Twins

There’s no shortage of joy when the Tigers face the Twins for the final time during a season. Yes, 2009 included – outcome notwithstanding. And just think, a week from now we can say the same about the White Sox. The Friday Rundown The Tigers are in first place, 8.5 games ahead of the White […]

March 30, 2011

Wednesday Walewanders: Pre-Opening Day Tidbits

Dave Schoenfield, the new voice of’s SweetSpot Network today listed some of the worst Opening Day starters from 2001 to 2010. Of particular note: 5. Mike Maroth, Tigers, 2003 As a rookie in 2002, Maroth had posted a 4.48 ERA in 21 starts and struck out an uninspiring 58 hitters in 128.2 innings. Among […]

March 7, 2011

Monday Mankowskis: Boredom City, Florida

I know it’s early, but it seems to me this is one boring Tigers Spring Training. For all intents and purposes, there’s no drama to speak of with most of the coverage focusing on the prospects that are shining in Lakeland. But here are some of the things that stand out for yours truly: If […]

September 3, 2010

Tigers Today: September 3, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 66-68, 3rd Place; 11 GB Today’s Game Tigers @ Royals | 8:10 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM Pitching Matchup Jeremy Bonderman (7-9, 5.27 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (8-11, 3.81 ERA) Yesterday’s Results Tigers 10 – Twins 9 (13 innings) W: Jose Valverde (2-3) L: […]

June 2, 2010

So Who Is Billy Buckner?

It’s pretty clear that the Tigers don’t have big plans for newly acquired Billy Buckner. Yesterday Dave Dombrowski described the right hander’s role in the organization thusly: “He gives us depth at Toledo.” Didn’t they say the same thing about poor Mike Hessman? Given Buckner’s numbers — a 6.56 ERA for the Diamondbacks in 29 […]

May 30, 2010

D-Train DFA’d: The D Stands for Disappointing

Wow. So that’s how the Dontrelle Willis Era ends in Detroit? With him being designated for assignment? Who thought he’d be the Tigers’ version of Brian Glynn*? In my post from Saturday in which a I speculated about the fallout from Max Scherzer‘s recall, an anonymous commenter was stunned — to the point of calling […]

March 31, 2010

Tigers Today: March 31, 2010

Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 15-10-1 Today’s Game: Tigers vs. Pirates | 1:05 p.m. ET – Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland | On the air: MLB Gameday Audio (Pirates’ broadcast) Pitching Matchup: Justin Verlander (1-3, 5.63 ERA) vs. Zach Duke, (0-1, 3.00 ERA) Also scheduled to pitch: Phil Coke and Brad Thomas Yesterday’s Results Tigers 10 – Orioles […]

March 30, 2010

Nate Odds and Ends

In case you were wondering, here’s what Nate Robertson looks like in a Photoshop-driven Marlins get-up. Here’s what Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez had to say about his new starter: “I know that he’s a pretty good pitcher. … “There were a couple of years that he threw right around 200 innings. He’s a workhorse. Coming […]

March 30, 2010

Votes are In: Dontrelle Willis WILL Be in the Tigers Rotation

In our recent Fungo Pulse Check, we asked: Will Dontrelle Willis have a spot in the Tigers rotation on Opening Day? Interestingly, the votes were roughly even before the Nate Robertson trade was announced. After that, Willis took a leap forward in votes. (Curious, no?) Here are the final votes: Yes (60%, 21 Votes) No […]

March 30, 2010

Gum Time Deflated: Roberston Dealt Back to the Marlins

The Tigers announced — on Twitter, no less — that they’ve traded Nate Robertson to the Marlins for minor-league left hander Jay Voss. Nate will become the only lefty in the Marlins starting rotation. He was set to start tomorrow in the Grapefruit League finale against the Pirates. According to’s Joe Frisaro: Before being […]