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Detroit Tigers Vs. Kansas City Royals Series Preview: Tigers Trying to Provide Trap for Royals

September 1st, 2015 at 7:27 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers are a different team than the ones that visited the Kansas City Royals nearly a month ago.

Since, the team has fallen further behind in the standings while the Royals have charged further ahead. Now, Detroit sits in last place while the Royals are in first. It's a humbling moment, indeed.

What factors are worth watching this week as the team makes its final trip to Kansas City for 2015? Here's the list.

Players To Watch: Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gordon. Cabrera continues his assault on a batting title, and is still hitting a robust .358 after a weekend in which he collected only one hit in Toronto. With another good week, Cabrera could put himself back in the discussion in a big way, and it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Gordon was just activated from the disabled list, and may or may not get back into action quickly. Still, Gordon is a free agent at the season's end, and could be an interesting option for Detroit in left field. Remember that regardless hoe much he plays.

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Several Burning Detroit Tigers’ Questions for September, Answered

September 1st, 2015 at 10:52 AM
By Max DeMara

Burning questions answers the biggest queries month-by-month about the Detroit Tigers

To say the 2015 season hasn't gone as expected for the Detroit Tigers would be an understatement. That struggle has helped make for an anti-climatic finish to the season, where the team can merely play spoilers down the stretch.

Usually, the Tigers are the ones trying to navigate such land mines on the way to the playoffs and a Central Division title, but not this season. A tonic of ugliness has left the Tigers playing for pride only, and lately, that hasn't even been going well.

Here's answers to several key questions as the final full month of the season kicks off.

Who, Specifically, Gets Called Up? Certainly, many will be clamoring for a flashy name such as Michael Fulmer, but bet on the Tigers bringing back several names you've already heard before a-la Bryan Holaday and Kyle Ryan. Certainly, Steven Moya will get the call to the big leagues and get a chance to show what he can do in left field, but that could be as big as the Tigers are willing to go at this point in time as they let others continue their development.

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Five September Call-Ups the Detroit Tigers Could Make to Join Kyle Ryan and Bryan Holaday

August 31st, 2015 at 6:42 PM
By Max DeMara

Soon, the Detroit Tigers' roster will expand and many young players will get their chance to impress on a team that's heading further south in the standings.

As it relates to the rest of 2015, this represents a logical reason for excitement. Who, however, should be coming up to the Tigers from the lower levels right now? Two players in Bryan Holaday and Kyle Ryan will reportedly come up to the big club on Tuesday.

Here's five more players from the minors that should get a shot at joining them when rosters soon expand.

1. Steven Moya, LF, Toledo. Moya could be the future in left field for the Tigers, and considering the Mud Hens just moved him to that position permanently, it's likely that evolution will continue in the major leagues quite soon. Does Moya have the goods to play at a full-time basis in the major leagues? Best for the Tigers to get a dress rehearsal now ahead of 2016. Moya is still striking out too frequently and has a miniscule .240 batting average which has dropped. If he shows well in Detroit, that could mean a great deal to the Tigers ahead of next season.

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Chattin’ Cats Week in Review: Justin Verlander a Reason to Watch as Detroit Tigers Hit Bottom

August 31st, 2015 at 12:29 PM
By Max DeMara

Welcome to Chattin' Cats, a weekly piece recapping the most important talking point from the week before about the Detroit Tigers while taking a look ahead.

The Detroit Tigers aren't setting the world on fire lately with their lackadaisical if not ugly play.

Sunday, the team put the wraps on an awful 10-17 month of August with a 9-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Things only seem to be getting worse for Detroit, given their 1-9 record in the last 10 games. As of Monday, the Tigers are in last place in the Central Division.

No longer are the Tigers simply losing in close or 'aw,shucks' style; they're getting pounded at nearly every turn, a signal that an awkward season is officially spiraling out of control as baseball charges into its home stretch month of September.

From that, however, a singular bright spot did emerge in the past week. On Wednesday night, Justin Verlander turned back the clock, taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels. For nine innings and the exception of one batter, Verlander was overpowering, looking like his old self on the mound.

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Max’s Musings: Austin Kubitza’s Struggles Amplify Tough Season for Erie SeaWolves

August 29th, 2015 at 12:34 PM
By Max DeMara

Max DeMara is musing on all things Detroit Tigers.

Before many folks had the time to sit down on Friday night, the Erie SeaWolves were already significantly behind the eight ball against the Harrisburg Senators.

Austin Kubitza was on the mound, and he was immediately greeted numerous runs in the first two innings before getting chased. Nearly every single pitch was hit hard, and the Senators racked up 10 runs over the first three innings of play. By the time the night was mercifully over, they had put forth a 14-1 win.

Kubitza himself was rocked, surviving only 1.2 innings on the mound. In total, he allowed nine runs, five of which were earned. Defensively, his teammates didn't help him out, particularly Harold Castro, who contributed two errors. Kubiza, however, would likely admit that his execution was poor above all else.

The season hasn't gone exactly as planned for Kubitza, currently ranked as the number 11 prospect in the Detroit Tigers' organization by MLB Pipeline. In total, he's 8-12 with an elevated 5.84 ERA. When the Tigers drafted Kubitza, they had high hopes for the young starter quickly developing into a powerful ace. That hasn't happened just yet.

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