AL Central Standings
According to Denny McLain, Jim Leyland is the Tigers biggest problem; Jhonny Peralta deserves to have his option picked up next year; and Brandon McCarthy is still awesome at life. These stories and lots of obvious headlines in today's Morning Prowl.
Tigers must ponder ways to tweak roster -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
"But how did this team come to splinter and stumble in so many ways that have all but sabotaged a club that deftly handles baseball's primary skill, pitching?" Huh?
Tigers Need To Win, And Fast -- Baseball Nation, Marc Normandin
Golly, you think?
Tigers must pick up 2013 option on Jhonny Peralta -- Detroit Free Press, John Verburg
"Depending on which reference site you look at -- Baseball Reference or Fangraphs -- how good he has been varies, but both rate Peralta as a defensive positive."
Potential Wild Card/ALDS tickets go on sale Thursday -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Like a knife to the heart.
Lineup questions prove fans care about Tigers -- The Detroit News, Kurt Menching
Kurt's News article from yesterday in case you missed it!
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is team's 'biggest problem' claims former pitcher Denny McLain -- MLive.com, Eric Lacy
Why does Denny McLain keep giving his opinion? Why do media outlets keep reporting on it? Why do I keep linking to it? Oops.
A Tigers Fan in Chicago -- Walkoff Woodward, Cameron Scott
I mean, yeah, it's never fun going to an opposing team's field. This seems pretty tame though. "Detroit sucks" chants are obnoxious, but not uncharacteristic.
RahRah -- Brain Matters
The best motivational speech you'll ever read. At least on Brain Matters. It must have worked.
Around the AL Central:
Royals 9, Twins 1: Royals Get Extra-Bases, Runs, While Twins... Not So Much -- Twinkie Town
"The Twins didn't get any extra base hits and gave up a bunch of runs. It was basically really poopy."
Game 142: Rangers 6, Indians 4 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians dropped the opening game of a weekday series in Texas 6-4. A recap of the action."
Tigers 5, White Sox 3: Offense misfires, decisions backfire -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox dropped a key game to the Detroit Tigers, and you can spread the blame around."
It's Finally the Royals' Time, Dismantle Twins 9-1 -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Will Smith pitched great and was helped out by 2 caught stealings and 2 double plays. The offense rolled by hitting 0.390 in memory of George Brett's 1980 season. Nice beat down."
Elsewhere in baseball:
What the Insiders Say Makes a Good Manager -- Baseball Prospectus, C. Trent Rosecrans
"A range of responses from players, coaches, and team executives about the most important qualities for a manager to possess."
The Week In Worst: Pro Athletes Being Bad At Sports -- SBNation.com, Bill Hanstock
Important: Detroit Tigers ballboy got an honorable mention. Yay!
Brandon McCarthy discharged from hospital, joking about threesomes, still great at Twitter -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Derek Jeter has a chance of breaking Paul Molitor’s record for hits by a player 38 or older -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"Not that it matters much to the team-first captain, but the 38-year-old Jeter currently stands 34 hits away from the 225 that 39-year-old Paul Molitor posted for the Minnesota Twins in 1996."