"Major League players all over the field": 2022 Tigers

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That quote was part of Hinch's response today to what I'm guessing was a question about making the playoffs. (I tuned in mid-interview.) The full response probably began with either "Look" or "At the end of the day..."

The roster is significantly better than the one that played above-.500 ball last season after April, so it's a little surprising to see the team projected by most major outlets to win fewer games in '22 than they did in '21. My guess is 82-80. They should be competitive.

Alternate title: Can't clog a base if you don't reach base rollsafe.gif

Andy K, Friday, 8 April 2022 16:21 (eight months ago) link

By the end of the Tigers’ 5-4 walk-off win over the White Sox, Torkelson was soaking up nearly every ball hit in his path. Detroit's No. 1 prospect will head into the weekend still looking for his first Major League hit, but by robbing a hit from Leury García and scooping several throws at first base, he made sure he still left his mark in his big league debut.

Eduardo Rodriguez induced three ground-ball outs in his first three innings. All three were outs thanks to nice grabs at first from Torkelson, who stretched to scoop a throw from Jeimer Candelario headed for the dirt for the second out of the game before corralling a Javier Báez throw from deep in the hole in the second inning.

The real Tork Gem came when García lined the first pitch of the sixth inning to the right side with a projected 101.8 mph exit velocity. The ball had an expected batting average of .710 according to Statcast, but Torkelson dove to his right to make the grab in mid-air.


Andy K, Saturday, 9 April 2022 00:09 (seven months ago) link


mookieproof, Saturday, 9 April 2022 01:26 (seven months ago) link

Hope the season goes well Andy! Underrated team

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:40 (seven months ago) link

https://t.co/Ihnr65eHLo pic.twitter.com/q2VvTHIB2R

— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) April 16, 2022

Andy K, Saturday, 16 April 2022 23:10 (seven months ago) link

(Meant to include only the original tweet.)

Funnier than the quote is that no smart person said the same of Morris.

Andy K, Friday, 22 April 2022 13:51 (seven months ago) link

Andrew Chafin aka Kevin Saucier Jr aka Hot Sauce Jr appears to be healthy

Andy K, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 20:18 (seven months ago) link

Team leader in HR is slugging .274, might be headed to Toledo.

Andy K, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 15:16 (six months ago) link

started last year 9-23
started this year 9-23

mookieproof, Friday, 13 May 2022 04:02 (six months ago) link

I was looking at team hitting stats, trying to gauge how bad the Jays are--pretty damn bad. The Tigers, though...the 1968 White Sox are my go-to comparison point for poor hitting teams; the Tigers are right there with them so far.

Chicago (1968): .228/.284/.311, 2.86 RPG, OPS+ 77
Detroit (2022): .219/.282/.313, 2.72 RPG, OPS+ 79

I'm surprised their OPS+ isn't worse than Chicago's--I don't think offense is down this year as much as it was in '68. Must be a park thing.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 May 2022 22:32 (six months ago) link

Mickey York visits with the proudest parents in the park -- Roger and Debbie Clemens, who are thrilled to see son Kody make his Major League debut. #DetroitRoots@MickeyYorkTV | @kodyclem | @rogerclemens pic.twitter.com/FQ6Ut0nOVI

— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) June 1, 2022

Roger refers to Comerica Park as Tiger Stadium and names a bunch of '84 Tigers who aren't Jack Morris (who is in the booth). Forever a punk, but...damn.

Andy K, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 01:00 (six months ago) link

There were only nine qualified hitters across the American League batting below .200 entering Tuesday. Five of them play for Detroit: Schoop, Baez, Candelario, Grossman and rookie Spencer Torkelson.

Andy K, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 16:11 (six months ago) link

Major league Mendozas all over the field

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 20:37 (six months ago) link

Three position players (including Kody Clemens) pitched today.

Andy K, Wednesday, 15 June 2022 20:18 (five months ago) link

Sure enough, right with the '68 White Sox--three of the top six teams are from '68.

clemenza, Thursday, 16 June 2022 18:52 (five months ago) link

Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson, Kody Clemens, Beau Brieske, Alex Faedo, Joey Wentz, Elvin Rodriguez, and Angel De Jesus are all good baseball names. Almost like they were spat out of a baseball name computer.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 17 June 2022 22:55 (five months ago) link

According to baseball-reference, Riley Greene is first MLB player to reach base safely 4 times in his debut since O's Cedric Mullins on 8/10/2018. First Tiger to do it since Scott Livingstone on 7/19/1991. https://t.co/KDpphwAD1T

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 18, 2022

Andy K, Saturday, 18 June 2022 23:10 (five months ago) link

RILEY FOR REAL 😱 pic.twitter.com/rY9B7o4Csb

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 26, 2022

Andy K, Sunday, 26 June 2022 13:02 (five months ago) link

single-handedly wrecking cleveland’s season

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 July 2022 02:38 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

when you truly love rebuilding

Sources: Tigers willing to trade Tarik Skubal and “just about everyone.”https://t.co/8XmSF6u2GM

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2022

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 July 2022 21:15 (four months ago) link

^ Published days before Skubal hit the IL.

A series that began with Michael Fulmer trying to hold a Tigers lead against the Twins, ended with Michael Fulmer holding a Twins win over the Tigers.https://t.co/Y12LrF0Mq5

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 4, 2022

Andy K, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:19 (four months ago) link

His team down two runs in the fifth, Harold Castro, standing on second base with first base open and none out, observes a routine grounder hit to the shortstop, takes off for third, runs into a tag, not even close.

Andy K, Friday, 5 August 2022 01:46 (four months ago) link

Avila out.

Andy K, Wednesday, 10 August 2022 22:40 (three months ago) link


kinda feel bad for him because i don't think he did anything exactly *wrong* (except sign javy baez, which i of course championed at the time)

mize and torkelson were not controversial picks. alex faedo is a first-rounder. skubal is a gem from the ninth round. everyone thought they did well to sign e-rod. austin meadows is theoretically good (although you can't trust anyone the rays are jettisoning)

but absolutely none of it has worked : /

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 August 2022 22:52 (three months ago) link

i think it makes sense to be critical of a pitcher-centric rebuild, and this season (esp with news of skubal "visiting a specialist" today) was on the fucking nose in showing why

o's fans have criticized elias for avoiding pitchers in the draft but it really does seem like a safer bet to hoard hitters and obtain pitchers once they've proven to be good and somewhat durable for someone else's team. greene and tork were two really good hitting prospects but that's all they had, and this season was basically dependent on both of them landing on their feet right away in addition to the pitchers staying healthy. the rest of the offense is either old or not very good. in retrospect i don't really get why everyone, myself included, thought they were going to be contenders this year. they were pretty good from may on last year but the pieces weren't there to really justify it (why i'm still not 100% confident the o's have taken "the next step" this year)

, Friday, 12 August 2022 23:27 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

70 wins in (mathematical) reach and a newly installed prez. *face with sunglasses emoji*

Andy K, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:08 (two months ago) link

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