"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 (one month 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.

https://www.mlb.com/news/spencer-torkelson-s-defense-shines-in-major-league-debut

Andy K, Saturday, 9 April 2022 00:09 (one month ago) link

#TorkGem

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 April 2022 01:26 (one month ago) link

Hope the season goes well Andy! Underrated team

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:40 (one month ago) link

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

— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) April 16, 2022

Andy K, Saturday, 16 April 2022 23:10 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

Andy K, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 20:18 (three weeks ago) link

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

Andy K, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

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

mookieproof, Friday, 13 May 2022 04:02 (two weeks 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 (five days ago) link


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