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0 Transaction Analysis: Avila Trades Avila (and Wilson) by Zack Moser, Eric Roseberry and Emmett Rosenbaum
4 The View From Behind The Backstop: If You Prefer A Milder Prospect Writer, Please Ask For One by Jeffrey Paternostro
4 The GM Trade Game by Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 17: Gotta Start Somewhere by Bryan Grosnick, Ben Diamond and Shawn Brody
0 Transaction Analysis: JD to AZ by Wilson Karaman, Stacey Gotsulias, Mark Anderson and George Bissell
1 Deep, But Playable: Almost Always Counts (Emotionally) by Craig Goldstein
2 Flu-Like Symptoms: Detroit's Earthworm Preservation Society by Rob Mains
0 Flu-Like Symptoms: The Worst Bullpen in Baseball by Rob Mains
1 Short Relief: Spring Dismissals, Veteran Expletives, and JaCobies Jones by James Fegan, Nathan Bishop and Patrick Dubuque
1 Short Relief: Playing the Right Way, Baserunning the Wrong Way, and Pitching the Rockies Way by David Temple, Mo Bjonski and Zack Moser
6 Short Relief: Disputing Crash, Remembering Bonderman, and Forgetting Pham by Zack Moser, David Temple and James Fegan
1 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Detroit Tigers by Bryan Grosnick
3 Transaction Analysis: Need You To Need Me by Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Post-Christmas Shopping by Matthew Trueblood, Jared Wyllys and Brendan Gawlowski
0 Prospect Profile: Spencer Turnbull by Jessica Quiroli
0 The Call-Up: JaCoby Jones by Mark Anderson and Scooter Hotz
0 Transaction Analysis: Tigers Add Iglesias Insurance by Bryan Grosnick and Christopher Crawford
0 What You Need to Know: We're Not in Asgaard Anymore by Ashley Varela
2 What You Need to Know: Everybody's Walk-Off Wild Pitching by Demetrius Bell
4 Two-Strike Approach: The Curse That Keeps Giving by Cat Garcia
4 Rubbing Mud: The Tigers Should Go For It by Matthew Trueblood
1 What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose by Ashley Varela
0 Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade by Aaron Gleeman
0 What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win by Ashley Varela
3 Prospectus Feature: From a Cesspool, Success by Aaron Gleeman
0 Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s) by Bryan Grosnick
5 What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace by Daniel Rathman
5 What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin' by Ashley Varela
0 What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina by Demetrius Bell
8 Life at the Margins: Catching Down by Rian Watt
3 Winter Is Leaving by Sam Miller
0 Pitching Backward: The Superest Utility by Jeff Long
1 Rubbing Mud: Catch a Tiger by Matthew Trueblood
6 Baseball Therapy: It's Nice to Have Options by Russell A. Carleton
8 Transaction Analysis: Upton a Luxury the Tigers can Afford by Matthew Trueblood
2 Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown? by Daniel Rathman
11 Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball Owners and Their Predictable Needs by Meg Rowley
6 Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jordan Zimmermann by Doug Thorburn
0 Transaction Analysis: It's All Happening, 'Mann by R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella
34 2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects by Christopher Crawford and BP Prospect Staff
8 Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug by Matthew Trueblood
6 Prospectus Feature: DRA and Linear Weights. And Justin Verlander. by Jonathan Judge
7 Rubbing Mud: Check Norris by Matthew Trueblood
2 What You Need to Know: Bummed! by Daniel Rathman
9 Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report by Matthew Trueblood
1 Painting the Black: This Year's Eephus by R.J. Anderson
21 Rubbing Mud: The Worst Holes On Contenders by Matthew Trueblood
6 What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice! by Chris Mosch
1 What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015 by Chris Mosch
11 Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers by Matthew Trueblood
Tigers general manager Al Avila sends Justin Wilson and his son, Alex Avila, to the suddenly red hot Cubs.
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July 26, 2017 6:00 am
Not gonna tour with Trent Reznor. Third of three, bottom of the bill. You can’t pay me to make that kind of music. Not gonna swallow that pill.
bit in Stewart Lee one of his recent stand-up specials that has always stuck with me. Lee’s an Edinburgh Fringe Festival stalwart, the British version of the comedian’s comedian. His persona is a smug intellectual—only partially a put-on for the stage—at best maintaining a chilly detente with his audience, but usually he descends into haranguing, mocking, or expressing his sincere disappointment in them.
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July 20, 2017 6:00 am
Were the offers better in this alternate reality?
that time of year. The time when grown men hug each other to say goodbye after five months together. It’s also the time when refresh buttons are mashed on Twitter trying to catch the news of whatever trade is about to happen. It’s all so exciting. And here at BP, we like to get into the spirit of the season, too. It’s become an annual tradition to play the BP Trade Game, where we put on disguises that make us look like general managers, and pretend to trade for someone.
Today, we present the first entry in that series where we try to trade
from the Tigers to a team looking for a rental bat. And, as sometimes happens with these, real life J.D. Martinez scooped us. I guess we shouldn’t feel too bad. On July 28, the Tigers are having a “Game of Thrones” night at Comerica Park, featuring a bobblehead of J.D. Martinez sitting on the throne. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. On the 17th episode of the DFA Podcast, Bryan, special guest Ben Diamond, and Shawn Brody discuss three big deals that are helping shape the 2017 playoff push. The Yankees pick up three pieces, the Nationals grab two, and the Diamondbacks just get one; how did each team do?
It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host
Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball. Read the full article...
The Diamondbacks add another big bat to the lineup, snagging J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for a trio of prospects. Is bunting to break up a no-hitter only controversial because of how our brains work?
The date is June 21, and
has just struck out Justin Verlander for the first out of the fifth inning. It was his 10th strikeout of the game, and if it wasn’t vintage Verlander that’s only because he didn’t throw his (once) devastating changeup, instead relying on a curveball with more drop than a Tiesto banger to play off his riding, mid-90s heater. Mitch Haniger Read the full article...
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May 22, 2017 6:00 am
Tigers pitchers keep it in the air.
Balls hit in the air are one of the big stories of the 2017 season. A record number of them are going over the fence, but the larger narrative has been about how players are seeking to hit more balls in the air—
elevate is the term of choice—with improved results. —nearly stick-a-fork-in-him done last year, MVP contender this year—is the poster child, but greater launch angles have been a theme throughout the game. Ryan Zimmerman
Rob Arthur of FiveThirtyEight has pointed out that
this hasn’t necessarily benefited hitters, but it is, if nothing else, a thing. How big a thing? Well, through games of Saturday (all 2017 statistics in this article are through Saturday), 45.7 percent of batted balls have been hit on the ground this year, compared to 46.1 percent in 2016, which in turn was lower than 2015’s 47.0 percent. So far this year, batters are hitting ground balls at the lowest rate since 2011. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. And it may not be the Tigers.
The Tigers' bullpen allowed a 5.71
through Saturday. That’s bad. It blew eight saves. That’s bad too. It allowed 38 percent of inherited runners to score, which is bad, particularly since it inherited 56 of them (the MLB average is 49). It allowed an .819 ERA , 5.19 OPS , and 5.64 FIP . Let me go through those figures one at a time. They are bad, bad, and bad, respectively. DRA
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James breaks out the crack analysis to break down your manager ejection fantasy draft, Nathan smirks along with Chase Utley, and Patrick creates an an identity crisis.
David's article may be recorded for quality assurance, Mo asks ballplayers to gather ye TOOTBLANs while ye may, and Zack celebrates the model mid-90s Rockies starter.
Zack takes on one of baseball's favorite cliches, while David and Tommy Pham cling stubbornly to their souls.
Does the aging, stars-and-scrubs core have one more run in it?