Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer's struggles & Miguel Cabrera's plate discipline

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Starting pticher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 22 16 .578 0 Won 4
Detroit 18 20 .473 4 Lost 2
Chicago 18 21 .461 4.5 Won 1
Kansas City 15 22 .405 6.5 Lost 2
Minnesota 12 26 .315 10 Won 2

(updated 5.17.2012 at 8:22 PM PDT)


Max Scherzer is struggling despite his undeniable talent, Miguel Cabrera is swinging more and walking less, and Ozzie Guillen says adios to Twitter. These stories and a Gary Sinise first pitch in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Struggling (But Talented) 2012 Pitchers -- Baseball Nation, Marc Normandin
Max Scherzer made this list. The problem is, Scherzer could probably make this same list every season. He's consistently inconsistent. And it's very frustrating.

Not much is consistent about Tigers -- The Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski
"Bad, not so bad, then bad again. Cold, warm, then cold again. Up down, down up. Blather, wince, repeat. These are the Tigers right now, struggling to un-jumble the puzzle." Yup.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera swinging more, walking less -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"Entering Wednesday night, Miguel Cabrera hadn't walked all month. He'd gone 16 straight games without a walk -- the longest such streak of his career, according to Baseball-Reference.com." And your point is?

Old School Art: Briggs Stadium Sketch from 1946 -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Pretty cool stuff. I'm a sucker for things like this.

Showing Concern...Not Panic -- DesigNate Robertson
A level-headed look at the Tigers' current situation. Oh and Rogo thinks Orlando Hudson would be a good move. One of the rare times I disagree with him.

Demand More Than Average, But Don’t Bail Yet -- Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
I think the headline pretty much sums it up about as best as I could. Be pissed off, but don't give up on this team. There's got to be brighter days ahead. There just has to.

Tigers 'mind-boggled' by another ugly defeat -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
"But we have to kick ourselves in the butt," Gerald Laird said. ""It's frustrating, but be patient. Once this team catches fire, we'll be all right." You might be right, but I'll be honest. I'm kind of sick of waiting.

Around the AL Central:

Do Not Mess with the Orioles; KC Falls 5-3 to Baltimore -- Royals Review
"For weeks, everywhere you go, people have been asking "are the Orioles for real? Are the Orioles for real?" The Royals found out the answer today, and it is a resounding YES."

White Sox 6, Angels 1: Gremlins in the outfield -- South Side Sox
"White Sox capitalize on Angel mistakes."

Game 38: Indians 6, Mariners 5 (11 Innings) -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians came from behind twice to beat the Mariners 6-5 in extra innings. A recap of the game."

Twins 4, Tigers 3: Morneau's Homer Backs Another Strong Start From Walters -- Twinkie Town
"Twins sweep the Tigers!"

Elsewhere in baseball:

Miami Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen says adios to Twitter -- Miami Marlins, Manny Navarro
Well, this is truly sad. Twitter just got less interesting.

When All Else Fails, Fire The Hitting Coach -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
I know this is about Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels, but I can't help but think this is the mindset of many Tigers fans, too.

Gary Sinise’s first pitch was not worthy of an Oscar -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
At least the Tigers aren't this bad.

Jeff Samardzija takes a little dig at Hawk Harrelson -- HardballTalk, Matthew Poullot
This is brilliant. Just brilliant.

MLB's best closer ... Fernando Rodney?!?! -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
My lord, is this really what it has come to?

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