2012 Archives http://tigersdenblog.com/table/2012-articles/may/ Wed, 24 May 2017 09:53:34 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Not All-Detroit Tigers Team of the Last 20 Years: Hitters http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/the-not-all-detroit-tigers-team-of-the-last-20-years-hitters.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/the-not-all-detroit-tigers-team-of-the-last-20-years-hitters.html

ChrisTrubyIt struck me today that this 2012 baseball season marks the 20th year in which I have been “baseball conscious”*. Usually such milestones would cause one to wax nostalgically about the greatest players they saw play, but I’ll take the opposite approach. I caught the tail end of Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammel, and Kirk Gibson, which was cool, and I clearly remember Cecil Fielder blasting 30 home runs every year as a youngster, but the Tigers slugged through mediocrity in my youth, and then fell into the abyss when I turned into a teenager. (Remember that long gap between winning seasons in 1993 and 2006? That was ages seven and twenty for me.)

*Now that I think back and count the years, it’s probably year 21 (or 20 and a half), but that would ruin my even number upon which I’m basing this post.

I know I’m likely in the minority, but I count all the horrible years filled with horrible players among the things I’ve been blessed with as a Tigers fan. It gives me great perspective on the “horribleness” of this year’s currently “failed expectations”. With that in mind, I present to you the bottom of the barrel: the most forgettable player seasons of the last two decades**.

**To qualify for my list, a player must have played more games at his position than any other player on the roster that year. I’m taking the player with the lowest single-season OPS at each spot.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Wed, 23 May 2012 21:16:32 +0000
Tigers Call Up Quintin Berry To Play Center Field http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/tigers-call-up-quintin-berry-to-play-center-field.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/tigers-call-up-quintin-berry-to-play-center-field.html QuintinBerryAustin Jackson appeared all set to return to the team after the initial lineup had him penciled in prior to Tuesday night’s game, but he ended up being scratched from the lineup. Following the game, the Tigers designated pitcher Colin Balester for assignment, and purchased the contract of Quintin Berry from Toledo.

You may remember Berry as the center fielder who caught fans by surprise in spring training, hitting .333/.441/.556 in 30 plate appearances and remaining in camp until the final roster cuts. But hot spring aside, Berry has been a career minor leaguer with very little power, a mild batting average, and some decent on-base skill.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Wed, 23 May 2012 03:25:43 +0000
Austin Jackson Close to Returning, Jose Valverde to Resume Closer Duties, and Danny Worth Called Up http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/austin-jackson-could-return-to-tigers-lineup-jose-valverde-to-resume-closer-duties-and-danny-worth-called-up-from-toledo.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/austin-jackson-could-return-to-tigers-lineup-jose-valverde-to-resume-closer-duties-and-danny-worth-called-up-from-toledo.html AustinJackson3A few pieces of important roster news trickled out today. First, Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list*, and Danny Worth was called up from Toledo up to take his roster spot.

*The bereavement list allows players to take a handful of games off to attend to family emergencies. This usually indicates a serious illness or death in the family which, needless to say, is unfortunate news.

The Tigers have been hoping that Austin Jackson, who’s been out since May 16 with a strained abdominal muscle, would be able to return to the lineup tonight. Jackson spent some time in the batting cage this afternoon, but Jim Leyland is waiting for final word on his health before releasing his lineup. Leyland did say that Jackson will leadoff if he’s able to go, and Ramon Santiago would leadoff if he isn’t.

[UPDATE] Austin Jackson is included in the lineup tonight. Very good news.

[UPDATE 2] Apparently the lineup that was tweeted out was erroneous. Kelly is playing center field for Jackson.

As reported by James Schmehl of MLive, Jim Leyland announced that closer Jose Valverde will be available out of the bullpen tonight. Valverde has been out of action since leaving the field on May 15 with a lower back strain. He’s expected to slide back into the closer role, while Joaquin Benoit returns to eighth inning duties.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Tue, 22 May 2012 20:52:34 +0000
First Quarter American League All-Stars: WAR Edition http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/first-quarter-american-league-all-stars-war-edition.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/first-quarter-american-league-all-stars-war-edition.html

2012ASGMost teams have now played between 40-42 games, so we’re now pretty much at the quarter point in the season. If Wins Above Replacement was to select the American League All-Star squad at this point in time, what would that team look like*?

*For the purposes of this post, I’m going to average the WAR values as reported on FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.

Before I get to the picks, here’s my selection process: I wanted to mimic last year’s roster composition of 21 hitters and 13 pitchers. For hitters, I selected the top two players in WAR at each position to have a starter and a reserve (I selected a second reserve at the catcher position). I then filled out the hitter portion of the roster (the last two spots) by selecting the two highest WAR players that ranked third at their position. For pitchers, I copied last year’s mix of eight starters and five relievers, and selected accordingly (players with both starting and relief appearances were classified as starters).

I’ll start with the hitters:

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Mon, 21 May 2012 16:16:07 +0000
Tigers Could Be Interested In Orlando Hudson, But He Likely Wouldn't Solve Team's Problems http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/tigers-could-be-interested-in-orlando-hudson-but-he-likely-wouldnt-solve-teams-problems.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/tigers-could-be-interested-in-orlando-hudson-but-he-likely-wouldnt-solve-teams-problems.html OrlandoHudsonOrlando Hudson was designated for assignment and then released from the San Diego Padres late this week, making him available for any team to sign. The Tigers have struggled to get any sort of prodction out of the second base position so far this season, so I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to kick the tires on the veteran second sacker.

Hudson has won four gold gloves in his career -- he's played nothing but second base -- but advanced fielding metrics indicate that he's no longer the plus fielder that he once was. Not that he's close to being a butcher at second base, but his defense is probably only average (plus or minus a couple of runs) at this point. Almost certainly better Ryan Raburn with the glove (although he hasn't been the nightmare I expected), but not an upgrade over Ramon Santiago or Danny Worth.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Sat, 19 May 2012 19:33:52 +0000
Justin Verlander Nearly Misses Out on Third No-Hitter as Tigers Defeat Pirates http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/justin-verlander-nearly-misses-out-on-third-no-hitter-as-tigers-defeat-pirates.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/justin-verlander-nearly-misses-out-on-third-no-hitter-as-tigers-defeat-pirates.html justin-verlanderWith one out in the ninth inning, and two-strikes against him, Pittsburgh DH Josh Harrison threw his bat at a breaking ball that was off the plate and looped a slow liner up the middle for a base hit. It was the first hit of the night for the Pirates, and the only hit they would record against Justin Verlander in the entire game.

It was just one of those nights. It seems like we say this every time Verlander goes out, but he had his good stuff tonight and had everyone thinking no-hitter by the end of the fourth inning. The perfect game was off the table early – Neil Walker drew a walk in the very first inning – but Verlander mowed through the Pittsburgh lineup all night long, recording 12 strikeouts and forcing nine groundouts.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Sat, 19 May 2012 02:11:03 +0000
VIDEO: Lions' Calvin Johnson Hits A Homer During Tigers' Batting Practice http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/lions-calvin-johnson-hits-a-homer-during-tigers-batting-practice.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/lions-calvin-johnson-hits-a-homer-during-tigers-batting-practice.html
Apparently football isn't the only sport that Calvin Johnson is good at, because he pounded a few balls, and even sent one deep over the left field fence. Here's the video:



Matt Snyder is the editor of The Tigers Den. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Sat, 19 May 2012 00:07:20 +0000
Joaquin Benoit is the Tigers’ Best Closing Option http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/joaquin-benoit-could-be-tigers-best-closing-option.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/joaquin-benoit-could-be-tigers-best-closing-option.html JoaquinBenoitJoaquin Benoit has been named the nominal closer as struggling closer Jose Valverde recovers from his lower back strain (listed as day-to-day), but the bad-news of the injury may mean good-news when it comes to ninth inning consistency.

Benoit had a shaky start to the season – he allowed 10 walks in his first 10 appearances (the month of April) – but he’s been rock solid since the calendar turned to May – just two walks and one run allowed to go with nine strikeouts in six appearances. But even while he was ‘struggling’ in April, he was striking out loads of batters (15.4 K/9), ended the month with a very good 2.43 FIP, and only blew one opportunity while recording six holds.

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Fri, 18 May 2012 15:44:51 +0000
The Minnesota Twins Are Hopefully Just What The Detroit Tigers Need http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/the-minnesota-twins-are-hopefully-just-what-the-detroit-tigers-need.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/the-minnesota-twins-are-hopefully-just-what-the-detroit-tigers-need.html MinnesotaTwinsFailThe Detroit Tigers avoided falling to two-games below the .500 mark with their 10-8 win over the Chicago White Sox, but although the Tigers have avoided falling flat on their faces (they’re 8-8 in the last 16 games), they haven’t won two games in a row since finishing a sweep of the Kansas City Royals back on April 18.

But the Tigers have a pretty good chance of doing just that as baseball’s worst team, the 10-26 Minnesota Twins, come to Comerica Park for a two-game set beginning tonight. Just how bad are the Twins? They’re last in the American League in runs scored (3.33 per game), and last in the league in runs allowed (5.33 per game).

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mtsnyder2@gmail.com (Matt Snyder) May Wed, 16 May 2012 16:28:09 +0000
Detroit Tigers Fan Poll: Sabermetrics http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/detroit-tigers-fan-poll-sabermetrics.html http://tigersdenblog.com/2012-articles/may/detroit-tigers-fan-poll-sabermetrics.html StatisticsMany of you probably saw Jerry Green’s Detroit News piece this week where he blames statistical analysis for ‘obscuring the true magic of the game’. I, on the other hand, believe that such analysis can lead to a greater appreciation of the game, and I use these stats and numbers in most of my posts.

The stereotype goes that bloggers love sabermetrics and more traditional writers loathe them. But where do you, the fans and readers, stand on the idea of advanced statistical analysis? Take the short poll below.

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