A year with swollen appendages (and other ailments): 2019 Detroit Tigers

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An update on Michael Fulmer: pic.twitter.com/i01SrPy2iB

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 19, 2019

Best of five?

Andy K, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:12 (one year ago) link

Brian Eno’s daily diary of the 2019 tigers. “These games sound great in the background, as a kind of sonic furniture, but also hold up as intelligible when you pay attention.”

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:20 (one year ago) link

"I didn't want to leave the dugout after I was taken out of the game, so I pissed into a bottle."

WmC, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 23:35 (one year ago) link

20 March

Matches really needn't last more than an hour. Productive chat with Rob about generative bullpen management and fifth base.

*somewhat revolting, unnecessarily descriptive anecdote about potentially making it to "fourth base" with a one-third-his-age concessions employee whose pleasantry was mistaken for flirtation*

Designing alternate pitching motions for Jordan. It seems hopeless.

Pine tar is an utter assault on every sense.

Andy K, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:16 (one year ago) link

Asked when the Tigers not scoring runs would become a concern, manager Ron Gardenhire said, “When you guys leave the room. I’m going to cry and tear the pictures off the wall. I’m going to drink heavily.”

— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) March 30, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 30 March 2019 23:24 (one year ago) link

1 April

Earlier this week Ron allowed all the managerial decisions to be decided via oblique strategies. Resulted in a perfect game for about 7 innings. Then they destroyed nothing, the most important thing. I've encouraged extra innings as way of lulling yourself into a win. When things get extra boring, they start to get really interesting. A scoreline of matching zeroes is a beautiful, mesmeric thing. Long may it continue. Nothing could be more ambient, yet it still holds your attention. Where's the edge? Where does the frame start? We have only just begun the journey of these 486 hours together.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 1 April 2019 04:52 (one year ago) link

i have no idea how the announcers are able to say Buck Farmer's name without accidentally calling him something else.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 1 April 2019 14:56 (one year ago) link

Five games, seven runs, 59 strikeouts, .140/.250/.207


Andy K, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 15:26 (one year ago) link

look at all those runs

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 01:21 (one year ago) link

Doing great considering 7/9ths of the lineup’s inability to put the ball in play.

Was not expecting some of the unknowns to erupt against Chapman, among other developments.

Andy K, Thursday, 4 April 2019 14:15 (one year ago) link

striking out 18 helps

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:35 (one year ago) link

Miguel Cabrera ended up at first base on his 105.5 mph drive off RF wall, but it earned him his first RBI of the season. Also Tigers' first run in first three innings of a game this year.

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 4, 2019

Andy K, Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:38 (one year ago) link

Harrison walked.
Harrison stole second.
Castellanos walked.
Cabrera walked, Castellanos to second, Harrison to third.
McCarthy pitching for KC
Goodrum walked, Harrison scored, Cabrera to second, Castellanos to third.
Candelario lined out to second.
Stewart hit sacrifice fly to left, Castellanos scored.
Peterson lined out to third.

2 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors


Andy K, Thursday, 4 April 2019 20:53 (one year ago) link


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 4 April 2019 20:54 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Boyd has been good to excellent despite a pretty stacked first month schedule. Should be interesting once he starts delving into the bottom feeders of the AL teams' lineups.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 20:53 (eleven months ago) link

first tigers win that shane greene didn't save

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 21:06 (eleven months ago) link

casey mize's AA debut: 9 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 7 K, 1 BB

casey mize's last three starts: 24 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 17 K, 2 BB

casey mize in 2019: 35 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 32 K, 2 BB

mookieproof, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 14:32 (eleven months ago) link

*Violent Shane Greene chest bump*

Andy K, Thursday, 2 May 2019 00:02 (eleven months ago) link

May 5, 1958: Dave Gumpert born in South Haven, Michigan. #Tigers pitcher 1982-83 pic.twitter.com/VB9mrdpi7U

— Tigers History (@TigersHistory) May 5, 2019

Andy K, Sunday, 5 May 2019 19:03 (eleven months ago) link

Question: You got blamed for a lot of what happened here (by fans), fair or not. Can you address that?

Brad Ausmus: "You can keep blaming me. It makes it easier."

— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) May 7, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 21:41 (ten months ago) link

Tigers' minus-56 run differential thru 39 games is their worst since 2003 and their 7th-worst ever. Only once in franchise history have they been less than 10 games under .500 with a minus-50 run differential at this point.

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 14, 2019

Andy K, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:03 (ten months ago) link

Eugenio Suárez
December 11, 2014: Traded by the Detroit Tigers with Jonathon Crawford (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds for Alfredo Simon.

Andy K, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:09 (ten months ago) link

yes but has eugenio suarez owned an entirely chrome automobile

mookieproof, Saturday, 18 May 2019 03:48 (ten months ago) link

A joy to tune into the Tigers and within a few minutes hear Jack Morris mutter about his disappointment in the fan base and crack a sour joke about sports journalists' lack of athleticism.

Andy K, Sunday, 19 May 2019 18:19 (ten months ago) link

surely there must be somebody out there who can right this ship by reordering the lineup via Spore or Koan or some comparable software

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 20 May 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

A rainy afternoon in Detroit did not spoil the dedication ceremony for Willie Horton Drive. pic.twitter.com/fX36IUsE14

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 22, 2019

Andy K, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 17:37 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

first-round pick riley greene's pro debut in the gulf coast league today: 4-for-5, 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI

mookieproof, Monday, 24 June 2019 19:48 (nine months ago) link

Less than 365 days after the Tigers took DeCaster in the 18th round of the 2018 draft, DeCaster climbed all the way from rookie ball to Triple-A Toledo, while playing on six different teams, bouncing through a series of cities and endless blur of hotels, putting up impressive numbers at every level.

DeCaster, a 24-year-old sidearm relief pitcher, has appeared in 40 games in the Tigers system, throwing 69 2/3 innings. The righty has a 1.42 ERA with a 0.804 WHIP. He has struck out 81 with just 10 walks and has allowed just three home runs. Teams are hitting just .186 against him.


Andy K, Monday, 24 June 2019 22:38 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Trevor Rosenthal’s Tiger debut included a first pitch that hit umpire Laz Diaz in the leg, another pitch that went behind Tyler Naquin, some fastballs that just missed triple digits and a few nasty sliders.https://t.co/sU8xKV39Nc

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 16, 2019

Andy K, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:13 (eight months ago) link

Updated. Tigers run differential at -190, O’s at -178. pic.twitter.com/XnQuyWoN77

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 20, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:21 (eight months ago) link

no way to predict that jordy mercer would get hurt

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:29 (eight months ago) link

The difference between -190 and -189.449.

You play the hand you're dealt.

Andy K, Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:41 (eight months ago) link

ron gardenhire's league-leading seven ejections are a sign of how hungry this team is

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:45 (eight months ago) link

(sorry, sometimes i can’t help myself)

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:33 (eight months ago) link

"You have to keep up the good attitude, and we do that, and at the end of the day you end up looking at the ceiling at 3:00 in the morning every night." -- Ronald Clyde Gardenhire

Andy K, Saturday, 20 July 2019 17:10 (eight months ago) link

Tigers have lost 33 of their last 40 games, something the 2003 Tigers did not do. Last MLB team to do so was the 2012 Astros. Only previous time Detroit had done it was 1996.

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 21, 2019

Andy K, Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:05 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Welcome back, Transaction Jackson.

Andy K, Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:34 (seven months ago) link

Edwin Jackson's 9 years, 321 days between wins for Tigers is the longest gap between wins in franchise history. Previous record was 6 years, 95 days by Wild Bill Donovan from 1912 to 1918, when he came out of retirement at age 41 after managing the Yankees. (h/t @EliasSports)

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 10, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:42 (seven months ago) link

The Tigers position players have posted -1.9 fWAR this year. Do you know how hard that is to do? It's the only negative WAR total of the decade, and the worst mark overall by nearly four wins. And, uh, it's hard to see things getting much better down the stretch.

— Brendan Gawlowski (@GawlowskiB) August 13, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:58 (seven months ago) link

The Houston Astros are poised to be one of the largest favorites in an MLB game ever when they send Justin Verlander to the mound against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

The Astros are listed as -500 home favorites at Caesars Sportsbook and as high as -550 at other sportsbooks. If the price holds, Houston will be the heaviest favorite in a game in at least the past 15 seasons, according to sports betting database BetLabsSports.com, and likely longer.

LOL OH YOU THOUGHT? pic.twitter.com/TUDpYghwcA

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 22, 2019

Andy K, Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:36 (seven months ago) link

i know it's a lost season and there are ~reasons~ not to bring up any of the kids, but continuing to run edwin jackson out there is pretty embarrassing

mookieproof, Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:38 (seven months ago) link

17 seasons in the bigs and a bWAR of 9.3

omar little, Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:04 (seven months ago) link

and dropping fast

mookieproof, Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:17 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

EIGHT passed balls in 30 games, but

Jose Abreu was staring down at home plate and not expecting a throw to third to buzz by him at all. https://t.co/WbvZrOKLcg

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) September 22, 2019

Andy K, Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:28 (six months ago) link

tigers finish their home slate at 22-59, tying the 1939 st. louis browns for most home losses

swept in 10 of 25 home series

a remarkable -221 run differential at home

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:36 (six months ago) link

I consider myself a pretty decent baseball knower but the only players I could name from this team are Cabrera and BUCK FARMER

frogbs, Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:39 (six months ago) link

Bleak stuff, Jack:


Andy K, Friday, 27 September 2019 01:13 (six months ago) link

-3.3 bWAR out of the hitters is really something

mookieproof, Friday, 27 September 2019 02:15 (six months ago) link

Back-to-back strikeouts from Christin Stewart and Travis Demeritte close the Tigers season with a 5-3 loss. They also set a MLB record with 1595 strikeouts in a season, one more than last year's White Sox.

In any case, it's over. We all made it. Tigers finish season at 47-114. pic.twitter.com/x8TOS7GMX3

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) September 29, 2019

Andy K, Sunday, 29 September 2019 22:12 (six months ago) link

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