Tigers Update – Week of August 8th
Even with a nice lead in the A.L. Central, the Tigers proved that the
last thing they're going to do is be complacent with where they are. Looking to gear up for the playoffs, the Tigers added
David Price to their already unbelievable staff, making them one of the trendy picks to be the American League representative
in the World Series. It's not going to be easy to hold off the Royals and the Indians, with the Angels, A's and Orioles likely
standing in their way if they make it to the postseason, but the Tigers definitely have a club that isn't going to back down
from a challenge.
Looking at the way the pitching rotation is setting up, it's no wonder that the Tigers and their fans
are so excited about their prospects for the rest of the season. While Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer have been right near
the top of the entire league in terms of wins, it's Price, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez that helps to make the Tigers'
rotation arguably the very best in all of Major League Baseball. Add in the unbelievable one-two punch that is Miguel Cabrera
and Victor Martinez and another very productive season for Torii Hunter and the Tigers certainly look like the team to beat.
Tigers will also have plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks to prove just how dynamic they're capable of being, as they
have a string of games against teams in the hunt for the playoffs. After a road series with the Yankees and another with the
Blue Jays, the Tigers will have two games in Pittsburgh before hosting the Pirates for two games in Detroit. Then they'll
stay at home for a three-game series against the Mariners, a team looking to make their move in the ultracompetitive A.L.
West. A four-game set in Minnesota and a four-game set in Chicago against the White Sox to close out August will also be met
with plenty of fanfare, and both series provide a chance for the Tigers to make a major statement and solidify their hold
on the A.L. Central.
Tigers Update – Week of July 4
Nobody around the entire league is surprised
to look up at the top of the A.L. Central standings and see the Detroit Tigers, as they're once again showing that they're
one of the most dynamic teams in the league both on the mound and in the batter's box. Even though the Tigers haven't fully
clicked and started firing on all cylinders, they've still moved out to a nice little lead heading closer to the All-Star
break, giving fans plenty of reasons to start daydreaming about seeing the Tigers play in October. Though the Royals and the
Indians look like teams that aren't going to go away anytime soon, the Tigers have to like their position as they hope to
keep the wins coming throughout the rest of the season.
And even less of a surprise than seeing the Tigers topping the
division has been the performance of Miguel Cabrera. The two-time reigning MVP is having yet another MVP-caliber season –
despite what some thought was the beginning of a down year for Miggy. After a somewhat pedestrian April, Cabrera has been
absolutely tormenting pitchers ever since, pushing himself back to the very top in the league in terms of run-production.
hasn't all been Cabrera, however, as the Tigers have gotten a major lift from Victor Martinez, who is having another great
season and helping to give the Tigers arguably the best one-two punch in all of Major League Baseball. With Cabrera and Martinez
mashing in the heart of the order, the pitching staff has also been doing its part as well, with Rick Porcello already up
to double-digits in wins and Max Scherzer having yet very effective season near the top of the rotation. Add in key contributions
from closer Joe Nathan and reliever Joba Chamberlain and you have a pitching staff that is one of the deepest in the league.
Put it all together and the Tigers have as good of a chance as any team in the league to make another run at reaching the
Tigers Update – Week of June 6
Right now, nobody wants a piece of the Detroit Tigers,
as they remain the gold standard in the American League and a team that many consider to have the most balanced roster in
the league. With starting pitchers like Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello all bringing down plenty of wins
and pitching deep into ballgames on the regular, the Tigers have proven that they can win on the mound as well as in the batter's
box. It also helps that they have Joe Nathan starting to get back into a groove at the end of the bullpen, helping to convert
leads into wins as the Tigers look to maintain their stranglehold in the A.L. Central.
Of course, pitchers around the
league still have nightmares before taking the bump against the Tigers, as they once again have a lineup that is starting
to dominate from game to game. At the center, to no one's surprise, is Miguel Cabrera, who somewhat struggled in April but
came on strong in May, batting.380 for the month while driving in 34 runs in the heart of the order. Suddenly, a slow start
is long forgotten as Cabrera is back amongst the very top run-producers in the league.
It hasn't only been about Miggy,
however, as the rest of the Tigers have stepped up in a big way as well – no one more so than Victor Martinez. Martinez
has been a rock in the middle of the order, leading the team in homers so far this season and holding one of the highest batting
averages in the American League. One of the most impressive parts about Martinez's game this year is his ability to put the
ball in play, as he's striking out so seldom that he's actually putting up a similar strikeout-home run ratio as Joe DiMaggio,
who famously almost never struck out at all. With a talented lineup, a star-studded pitching rotation and some big early wins
this season, the Tigers continue to look like the class of the A.L. Central heading towards the Midsummer Classic.
Tigers Update – Week of May 2nd
Even with Miguel Cabrera struggling to put up typical Cabrera-type numbers
in the early going, the Tigers still were one of just two A.L. teams to win at least 60% of their games in April, setting
the stage for another run towards the playoffs as the Tigers head deeper into the regular season. The Tigers already have
series wins against the Royals, the Orioles, the Angels and the White Sox, showing that they are one of the most consistent
teams in the entire league and one that can still keep the wins rolling even when the superstars get off to somewhat slow
But don't think that Cabrera forgot how to hit, as the reigning MVP still led the team with 15 RBIs and finished
the month with a respectable.277 batting average. One of the other bright spots for the team has been Rajai Davis, who led
the Tigers with a.333 batting average in April and added eight stolen bases, giving them a dynamic playmaker in addition to
the well-known bashers. Austin Jackson has also been terrific in the early going, hitting over.300 with an on-base percentage
near.400, and six different Tigers had at least 10 RBIs in the first month of the season, giving them one of the most balanced
attacks in the game.
Pitching-wise, the Tigers have also shown some flashes of dominance, mostly thanks to the usual
suspects. Both Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander went 3-1 on the month, with Scherzer leading the team with an amazing 2.08
ERA and 51 strikeouts. Rick Porcello has also been a bright spot, giving them another dangerous arm in the rotation and going
3-1 with a 3.96 ERA in the first month of the season. With upcoming series against the Royals, the Astros and the Twins, the
Tigers also have some opportunities to strengthen their lead on the division, and if Cabrera really gets going, the rest of
the American League might want to take cover.
2014 Detroit Tigers Schedule
Reloaded with another potent
lineup and one of the best pitching staffs in all of Major League Baseball, the Tigers definitely aren't going to go quietly
this season in the A.L. Central as they once again look to swing their way toward a title. This is a team that has fared well
as of late, and the Tigers were able to win the American League Central just last season. However, the Tigers could not win
the A.L. Pennant, and are looking to take their collective game to the next level in 2014. With one of the best pitching staffs
in the American League and a lineup that can score runs with the best of them, this is a great season to catch the Tigers
live and in person as they host some of the best ball clubs in Major League Baseball at Comerica Park.
The Tigers know
they have to step their game up when a divisional opponent comes to town, and that happens quite often. Last year the Tigers
edged out the Cleveland Indians by a single game in the divisional race, so every matchup between these two clubs this season
is sure to be treated as a big game, and rightfully so. Just a single contest in a long 162-game schedule can make all the
difference once the end of the season rolls around, and the fans know that every bit as well as the Tigers themselves do.
Tigers will also have to be wary of the Kansas City Royals this season, another A.L. Central team that could threaten their
hopes of winning the division title again. The Royals are a young ball club filled with talented players that are only getting
better. The Tigers should be able to lean on their experience level and use the leadership of some of their best veterans
to down this Royals team, but Kansas City is surely not a club to be taken lightly anymore. No matter who their opponents
are, however, the Tigers are sure to give them all they can handle, as the Tigers have one of the toughest rosters in the
league and are sure to bring down the victories by the load this season once again.
Detroit Tigers Team Info
Detroit Tigers play in the American League Central division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Chicago
White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians. The Tigers were able to win the division title in 2013,
finishing just a single game ahead of Cleveland in the standings. The Tigers know that they're going to have to play just
as well as they did last season, if not better, to stay atop the A.L. Central. This team has one of the best pitching staffs
in the league, boasting a one-two punch at the top of their rotation that is unparalleled in Major League Baseball.
Verlander and Max Scherzer definitely know how to carve up an opposition, but the Tigers also have a powerful lineup to match
thanks to all-world hitter Miguel Cabrera right in the heart of the lineup. This Tigers team has high expectations for 2014,
and rightfully so, as this team is loaded with talented players. Once you're there watching the Tigers take on another talented
team, you'll definitely be glad that you're not still sitting at home, wondering what the atmosphere of the ballpark is like
when Cabrera is headed to the plate in a nail-biter.
The MLB Experience
The opportunity to see a live
sporting event is one that shouldn't often be passed up, as it's the way the game was intended to be seen. Major League Baseball
is no exception, as the experience of seeing the game from the stands is a head above watching the contest from your couch.
When you hear the crack of the bat and watch a towering home run sail into the outfield seats, you'll know why so many people
make it out to stadiums across the country each and every season to see baseball played live and in person by the best players
in the world. This is a team that can do a little bit of everything, making for a fun style of baseball that is sure to have
fans excited in the stands all year long.
Detroit Tigers History
The Detroit Tigers are one of the oldest
franchises in Major League Baseball to retain their original name, as they were founded as the Detroit Tigers in 1894. The
team called the famous Tiger Stadium home from 1912 to 1999 before moving to Comerica Park. The Tigers have won four World
Series titles, with those championships coming in 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984, and they have won the American League Pennant
11 times. All-time greats like Ty Cobb, Cecil Fielder, Al Kaline, Hank Greenberg and many, many more have played some of their
best ball for the Tigers, and you never know when the next superstar is going to announce his presence with an unbelievable
season that has fans talking all over town.
Detroit Tigers Trivia
Which former Detroit Tigers player hold
the record for the highest career batting average?
The answer is Ty Cobb, who finished his career with an incredible.367
batting average. Though today hitting.367 is nearly impossible, Cobb did it on a regular basis and for a time during his career,
hitting.367 would have signaled an off-year, helping solidify him as one of the greatest hitters of all-time.
Fans of the game of baseball are about as passionate as it gets, and that is certainly the case when it comes
to fans of the Detroit Tigers. Detroit sports fans love their teams, and the Tigers have been a mainstay on the city's sports
scene for a long time. These fans love to head out to the ballpark to catch a game, and hopefully see a Detroit victory unfold
right before them. Join the die-hards in the stands this season to see the Tigers take on a quality opponent as the Tigers
hope to pull it all together and make another big-time move up the A.L. Central standings.