June 13, 2013

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Valverde?

It’s been more than 24 hours since Valverde did his latest hack job on a brilliant outing by a starting pitcher. And most of Michigan is still pretty furious. I immediately declared myself part of the “Anyone But Valverde” camp, and I stick by that. But now, someone has to figure out the “Anyone” part. […]

December 31, 2012

2012 Top 10 Stories: #2 – Tigers Win the Pennant

Given how the Tigers’ 2012 season went, months of frustration and a division title that came at the 11th hour, a trip to the World Series was far from assured. Far. As dominoes fell late in the year, the Tigers ALDS opponent depended on which team, the A’s or Rangers, won the A.L. West. They […]

December 29, 2012

2012 Top 10 Stories: #3 – Max Scherzer Arrives

Three years ago, the Tigers acquired Max Scherzer in a megatrade and the club envisioned him as part of a high-octane one-two punch with Justin Verlander. Scherzer displayed flashes of his potential with the Diamondbacks in 2008 and ’09 and observers in the desert thought that Scherzer would be part of a lethal rotation combo, […]

October 14, 2012

What They’re Saying About Game 1

Cruising around the Web, here are some more notable points on the Tigers’ Game 1 win: On Jose Valverde “I don’t think so,” Valverde said early Sunday when asked if he thought he would lose his role. “I’ve been doing my job for a long time. I think I can do it. There’s nothing you […]

October 13, 2012

An Inexplicable Post about an Inexplicable Game

Ok. Let’s think about this. Jim Leyland said in his post-game interview that he and his coaching staff will discuss the closer situation. Yeah, I’m sure they’ll discuss it and I’d love to hear someone say this: “Describe an ideal scenario for us to bring Jose Valverde into a game.” If we’re lucky, the answer […]

August 31, 2011

The Wednesday Breakfast

Good Wednesday morning. It’s the last day of August and with a win this afternoon the Tigers will finish the month at 18-10. They were 13-13 in July. Leading Off: Ramon Santiago showed that sneaky power we’ve heard so much about (or at least saw a lot on Twitter last night), ending a taut, 1-1 […]

April 28, 2011

Pondering a Mid-Week Pounding

I’ve never been fond of that old baseball chestnut, attributed to long-time Orioles manager Earl Weaver, “Momentum is tomorrow’s starting pitcher”, but how else can you characterize the atrocities at Comerica Park this week? Fresh off a once-in-a-millennium sweep of the White Sox, the Tigers, well, got smoked by the lowly Mariners thanks to three […]

April 18, 2011

Monday Mankowskis: Optimism, Jackson’s Woes and Bonus Baseball Cards

This is one of those rare and delightful days of spring in which I get to flip back and forth between a Tigers West Coast game and a Wings playoff game. April in the D, indeed. It’s always interesting to see how even a small winning streak can stir optimism among Tigers faithful. To wit: […]

April 2, 2011

Tigers Today: April 2, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 0-1 Today’s Game Tigers @ Yankees | 3:35 p.m. ET | On the air: FOX/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM Pitching Matchup Brad Penny vs. A.J. Burnett Thursday’s Results Yankees 6 – Tigers 3 W: Joba Chamberlain (1-0) L: Phil Coke (0-1)

March 28, 2011

Tigers’ 2011 X Factor: Phil Coke

In Phil Coke’s three-year major-league career, he’s finished 31 games and he’s started just one — the Tigers’ final game of the 2010 season. That outing could best be described as abbreviated; he threw 1.2 innings, allowing five hits, a walk and two runs. What conclusions can we draw from this micro-sample size? Less than […]