Neil Weinberg continued his look at the 2014 Tigers, going piece by piece around the outfield and comparing expectations to 2013.
All told, the Tigers outfield should provide very similar value to the 2013 iteration. Maybe a little better, maybe a little worse, but don’t expect a whole lot of difference.
Josh Paulisin says fret not Tigers fans, Miguel Cabrera was just fine before Prince Fielder arrived in Detroit and he’ll be just fine now that Fielder has been traded to Texas. Beyond the fact he’s Cabrera, the dropoff with hitting in front of Victor Martinez will probably be small. (Besides that, lineup protection is a myth.)
They’re due. Or so Joe Morgan would tell you, right? So are you afraid the slumping team will break out or the hot team will keep the momentum? If you’re thinking logically, of course, you don’t really care if a team is hot or cold. Or as Jim Leyland would say, momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher. Lee Panas decided to use stats instead. Which seems like a Lee thing to do.
Tom Gage takes a closer look at a player who either strikes out or hits home runs — but who seemingly has no future in Detroit despite landing back in the organization this year.
I’ve always thought “what if” about Mike Hessman.
Maybe you have, too.
He won’t now, because the window to do so has long since closed, but I’ve occasionally wondered what he would have done with a chance to play every day in the majors.
No, the Tigers’ No. 4 prospect (per Baseball America) and chief take in the Doug Fister trade isn’t headed to Low-A. But Robbie Ray does have a Michigan connection of his own: He’s engaged to a West Michigan girl. He should probably thank @PhilCokesBrain and @BlessYouBoys for that Twitter follower bounce, though.
The rookie career development program gives players who are considered ready or near ready to contribute in the big leagues a crash course on life in the majors.
Our sister site offered suggestions for ideal lineups. They probably don’t look like the ones you’ve heard people talk about on the radio or around the water cooler.
Old friend alert!