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Talkin’ Tigers Week in Review: Detroit Tigers’ Offensive Struggles Leading to New Needs

July 28th, 2014 at 9:58 AM
By Max DeMara

Sometimes, almost is just enough, but most of the time, it's dreadfully too little.

The Detroit Tigers had a decent week on the road. They won a series in Arizona and the series opener in Los Angeles before dropping three straight to the Angels afterwards in frustrating fashion.

Why did the Tigers lose the games they lost on the road trip? A lack of offense, plain and simple. Though others were included, Sunday's effort was the most glaring. The Tigers managed only three hits and one run in losing to the Angels 2-1. The trip also included other "almost" losses of 2-1, 4-0 and 5-4, which were all very winnable games and missed opportunities.

Last week, in the midst of Detroit's deal for Joakim Soria, Tigers' General Manager Dave Dombrowski intimated he wasn't going to think about the offense. When asked if a move to help the lineup, specifically a left-handed hitter or veteran infielder was a priority, Dombrowski was fairly blunt.

"I don't know that either one of them would be high on our priority list at this point in time," he said.

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Max’s Musings: Erie SeaWolves Loaded with Talent in Many Spots for Detroit Tigers

July 26th, 2014 at 11:48 AM
By Max DeMara

Max DeMara is musing on all things Detroit Tigers.

It's a simple pleasure to sit back and watch a minor league baseball game. The stands are less packed, the giveaways are a bit more fun while the game remains as exciting as it's ever been.

It's true what they say. The Erie SeaWolves have plenty of talent capable of making an impact with the Detroit Tigers soon. That much was obvious in the midst of the SeaWolves' 2-0 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels which featured a combined one-hitter by the team's pitching staff.

Christmas (in July) came early for those in the stands in Erie, and also for musings, which received plenty of content as a result.

The Moya Mash. One of Detroit's top positional prospects, Steven Moya, made a big impact on the game right away, nearly running down an improbable catch in right center (which ended up being the only Richmond hit of the contest) and singling and scoring in the first inning. Then, after a pair of strikeouts, Moya went yard down the right field line to extend the lead. All told, Moya contributed both runs and all of the offense. When he manages to clean up plate discipline, Moya's numbers will only increase and his whole value will prove itself even more.

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After Slow Start, Max Scherzer Returning To Form For Detroit Tigers’ Rotation

July 25th, 2014 at 11:02 AM
By Max DeMara

For the better part of the first two months of 2014, Max Scherzer wasn't the same pitcher he was for most of his outstanding Cy Young season of 2013.

Early on, Scherzer fought through his share of bad outings. He gave up runs, had up and down weeks and had his share of trouble. Ever since then, though, Scherzer has bounced back impressively and is returning to ace form for the Detroit Tigers.

Thursday night, Scherzer wasn't untouchable when taking on the Los Angeles Angels. He did, however, do more than enough to win. Through seven solid innings, Scherzer gave the Tigers 11 strikeouts with only one walk, and only surrendered three earned runs all night.

Some of the star-powered talent Scherzer mowed down with ease? Try Mike Trout (.309), who had two strikeouts, Howie Kendrick (.292) who had two of his own, Josh Hamilton (293) also whiffed twice, and C.J. Cron (nine home runs) led everyone with three swings and misses.

Other than a messy fifth inning, Scherzer pitched confidently, winning the showdown against Garrett Richards, a pitcher with a nearly identical record. Mentally, it was a huge development for the Tigers and Scherzer. They beat the ace of the Angels' staff head-to-head on the road.

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Are the Detroit Tigers Finished Dealing? Probably not, as Dave Dombrowski Keeps Options Open

July 24th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
By Max DeMara

Everyone knew it. The Detroit Tigers had to make a move to add bullpen help, likely another closing candidate, and they did just that nabbing Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for a pair of prospects.

"We're very happy to have Joakim on board with us," Dave Dombrowski said in a Thursday morning conference call. "(Adding a bullpen piece) is something we've been focused on for a while." Dombrowski added that Soria's personality and his ability to pitch in innings seven through nine were elements that played a role as Detroit identified targets.

But what might happen next? Will the Tigers, even with Soria in the fold, make another move? When asked that question, Dombrowski was understandably reluctant to give specifics, and played plenty of word games.

"We're still open-minded to getting better," he said. "Our bullpen has been our major focus and will continue to be our major focus." 

Would a left-handed pitcher be included in that conversation? "We're open-minded to a lot of different thought possesses," Dombrowski reiterated. What about a left-handed bat for the lineup or a veteran infielder?

"I don't know that either one of them would be high on our priority list at this point in time," he said.

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Detroit Tigers Acquire Reliever Joakim Soria From Texas Rangers For Two Prospects

July 24th, 2014 at 8:12 AM
By Max DeMara

In need of relief help at the back end of a shaky bullpen, the Detroit Tigers struck a deal Wednesday night, trading for Joakim Soria of the Texas Rangers.

Going the other way in the deal are reliever Corey Knebel and pitcher Jake Thompson, both natives of Texas. Knebel had been with the Tigers briefly during May and June, and Thompson just won the futures game while pitching for Single-A Lakeland. Each have posted decent statistics, with Knebel maintaining a 6.76 ERA and collecting eight major league strikeouts, and Thompson going 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA before being moved to Double-A Erie.

In any situation like this, the move made is about the present. Soria's electric statistics in 2014—which include a 2.70 ERA, 42 strikeouts to only four walks and no home runs in 33 1/3 innings—will help Detroit immensely. Save for Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers have struggled with walks and home runs in late innings, and have the fifth-worst bullpen in baseball with an ugly 4.36 ERA.

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