AL Central Standings
Andy Dirks has emerged (again) after returning from his injury, Victor Martinez probably won't play this season, and Stephen Strasburg won't pitch in the playoffs. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez 'running out of time' in attempt to return to play this season - MLive, Chris Iott
"With fewer than 50 games remaining in the regular season, it sounds as if any hope that Martinez will play in 2012 is gone."
The Re-emergence of Andy Dirks - Motor City Bengals, Bryan Craves
"All good offensively, with the exception of his rather putrid numbers vs. left-handed pitching: he’s 5 for 29 on the season, good for a .172 BA. Defensively, his range is decent; his arm (especially as of late) is another story."
Walkoff Woodward: Tigers need to limit roles of Brennan Boesch, Delmon Young - Detroit Free Press, Josh Worn
If I could figure out how to read the (inevitable) crappy comments on Doc's post, I would quote one, but I can't. Sorry.
40th anniversary: Billy Martin picks batting order out of hat - The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
Coincidentally, the Tigers are 61-55 this season when Jim Leyland pulls his lineups out of a hat.
Let's face it: Tigers have serious problems, and perhaps no solutions - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Whoever had August 13th in the "Lynn Henning's Official Doomsday Column" office pool, you win.
Around the AL Central:
Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2 (11 innings): The dreaded one-out walk - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Usually, reliever wins and losses feel arbitrary. This one didn't, because a four-pitch walk isn't even giving anybody a chance to do something."
Twins 9, Tigers 3: Deduno Effectively Wild, Mauer and Mastroianni Collect 3 Hits Apiece - Twinkie Town
"Deduno went into the 5th inning with a no-hitter intact. It wasn't until Jhonny Peralta's double in the top of the 5th that would score Brennan Boesch, that a Tiger made it onto the base path by anything other than the base on balls."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Are Chapman and Kimbrel Cy Young Contenders? - FanGraphs Baseball, J.P. Breen
"If we look at WPA, though, the notion that relievers do not pitch enough innings to have a greater overall impact than starting pitchers becomes more muddled. Prior to Sunday’s games, four of the top five WPAs amongst pitchers are relievers — two of which are Chapman and Kimbrel."