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06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-01

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BP Unfiltered: A Homer Announcer's Guide to Calling a Plunking
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Zachary Levine

05-22

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Raising Aces: This Justin
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Doug Thorburn

04-25

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Overthinking It: Why Jose Valverde is Still Getting Saves for Detroit
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Ben Lindbergh

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Make Justin Verlander Baseball's Highest-Paid Pitcher
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Ben Lindbergh

03-28

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BP Unfiltered: Jim Leyland, Joaquin Benoit, and Bouncing Back
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Ben Lindbergh

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Favorites
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R.J. Anderson and Nick J. Faleris

03-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello
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David Laurila

02-06

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Pebble Hunting: How Bad Can Clogging the Bases Be?
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Sam Miller

02-05

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 132: 2013 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

12-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Remembering the 2003 Tigers
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Matt Sussman

10-31

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Sobsequy: The Freaks and Geeks Go All the Way
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Adam Sobsey

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Giants at Tigers
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Daniel Rathman

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Preview: Giants at Tigers
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Daniel Rathman

10-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 70: World Series Game Two/Protective Gear for Pitchers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 69: The Weirdness of World Series Game One/Delmon Young's Surprising Career
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap: Giants 8, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

10-24

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BP Announcements: Wednesday World Series Game One Roundtable HERE
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 68: The Obligatory World Series Preview Episode
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Preview: Tigers at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 66: Performing a Post-Mortem on the Yankees
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-19

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Head Games: Two ALCS-Altering At-Bats
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Will Woods

10-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 65: The Impact of the ALCS Rainout/The Strange Appearance of Hunter Pence/Do We Dislike Any Players or Teams?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 64: Should Joe Girardi Have Pinch-Hit in Game Three?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Recap: Tigers 2, Yankee 1
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Ben Lindbergh

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Preview: Yankees at Tigers
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Matthew Kory

10-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 62: Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 6, Yankees 4
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Ben Lindbergh

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Preview: Tigers at Yankees
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Daniel Rathman

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Athletics 2, Tigers 0
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Derek Carty

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Preview: Tigers at A's
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Jason Wojciechowski

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Preview: Tigers at Athletics
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Preview: Athletics at Tigers
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Daniel Rathman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Athletics-Tigers Division Series Preview
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Derek Carty

10-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Can Say No to Twins?
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Joe Sheehan

09-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, September 12
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Daniel Rathman

09-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 37: The Tigers' Defense is What We Thought it Was/Brandon Wood and the Quad-A Player
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-06

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Prospect Profile: Brian Flynn
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Hudson Belinsky

08-23

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Prospect Profile: Bruce Rondon
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Hudson Belinsky

08-14

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What You Need to Know: Tuesday, August 14
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Daniel Rathman

07-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 5: Foghorn
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-09

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What You Need to Know: Monday, July 9
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Daniel Rathman

07-03

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BP Unfiltered: Check Your Facts, or Twitter Will Check Them for You
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Ben Lindbergh

04-28

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus Visits the Oakland Coliseum - May 12, 2012
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Joe Hamrahi

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

10-18

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Detroit Tigers
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Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

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Ben and Sam talk about whether Kawasaki being sent to the minors tells us anything about chemistry, then discuss how much the Tigers' defense hurts them.

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The Orioles and Tigers announcers give a clinic in how to determine intent and stick up for the good guys in 15 seconds.

After the Tigers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning this afternoon Jason Hammel hit Matt Tuiasosopo with a high breaking ball on the first pitch of the subsequent at-bat and Hammel was ejected.

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May 22, 2013 9:35 am

Raising Aces: This Justin

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Doug Thorburn

What has to go wrong for Justin Verlander to have a bad day at work?

The stage was set for an epic duel in Arlington last Thursday, pitting perennial CY Young contender Justin Verlander against 2013's frontrunner for the hardware, Yu Darvish of the Rangers. The matchup was a slam-dunk selection for the Game of the Week on this week's episode of TINSTAAPP, and the hype was such that it took thoughtful consideration before co-host/BP colleague Paul Sporer reluctantly chose the “under” when I set the line at 23 strikeouts for the two starters combined.

To say that the game fell short of expectation is a massive understatement. Darvish threw 130 pitches in a game in which he surrendered four runs over the first four frames yet was in no danger of losing. Verlander saw to it that Darvish would get his seventh win of the season, surrendering eight earned runs before he could escape the third inning. The third frame of Thursday's game was the worst of Verlander's career—the Rangers plated seven runners, including two via bases-loaded walks, and the outing ended mercifully after Geovany Soto knocked a 97-mph fastball into the left-field stands for an 8-3 Ranger lead.

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Dave Dombrowski declared that the Tigers and their deposed closer were never ever getting back together, but they couldn't stay apart.

Jose Valverde recorded a save against the Royals last October 1st, in his final regular-season game of 2012. He also recorded a save against the Royals yesterday, in his first regular-season game of 2013. Between those two games, Valverde lost his job as closer, spent six months looking for work, and finally re-signed with the same team, which supposedly had no interest in bringing him back. Because the trip was so circuitous, it’s worth recounting how he got from point A to point B, even though the two points look so similar.

During the winter, when we’re starved for baseball and wondering where free agents will end up, we treat each new report and rumor as if it might mean something. Where there’s smoke, there’s sometimes a signing. Of course, most rumors don’t lead to confirmed reports. They’re based on bad information, or good information that goes stale. They get published, tweeted, and blogged about briefly before being replaced by the next rumor, which usually has just as short a shelf life. It's hard to ignore the mostly non-news in the moment, but when the offseason is over and we know where all the free agents fell, it’s fun (and often illustrative) to sift through the conflicting reports and rumors and wonder where they came from. So that’s what we have here: an annotated timeline of how Jose Valverde wound up at the back of the same bullpen.

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The Tigers award their ace an extension that will pay him more than any other pitcher (at least until Clayton Kershaw's next contract). Was it wise?



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Are the stats missing something the Tigers' skipper sees?

You might not think it’s particularly important for a team to have a dominant closer, or even to have a defined one. But Tigers manager Jim Leyland definitely does. Two months ago, he told The Detroit News, “I totally disagree with people who don’t think you need a closer to win. Most teams that win have a truly dominant closer.”

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The first of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we get things started with a look at the six teams with the highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Flash back to the first time Porcello competed for a spot in a crowded Tiger rotation.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

The Tigers have to decide what to do with Rick Porcello, who's competing for the fifth-starter slot with Drew Smyly this spring and could end up on the trade block. They were facing a similar situation when David Laurila caught up with a younger Porcello in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Q&A" column on April 1, 2009.

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February 6, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How Bad Can Clogging the Bases Be?

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Sam Miller

The 2013 Tigers will be heavy, slow, and probably bad at baserunning. How much will it hurt them?

We’re not great at holding a lot of small details in our brain for a long period of time, so we summarize and categorize, often remembering only the nut graph of a story rather than the specifics. I think we do this for baseball teams, too, and I’m sure I do it for baseball teams. I know a little bit about every Tiger, but when I think about the Tigers I mainly think along the lines of these bigger, summarizing narratives:

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February 5, 2013 5:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

Venezuela has kept the Tigers' systems from getting too lousy, but the country might not be big enough to do it forever.

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Ben and Sam preview the Tigers' season with Paul Sporer, and Pete talks to MLB.com Tigers beat writer Jason Beck (at 17:49).



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The Tigers went to the World Series last season and are expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2013 season. A decade ago, that seemed like a dream.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Matt Sussman retired from the game of baseball after hitting .247 in third grade, walking away from potentially dozens of dollars. For the last seven years he has contributed to various websites and newspapers but mostly likes to make jokes on Twitter at @suss2hyphens.
 


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