Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland is Detroit's biggest problem & Brandon McCarthy is still awesome

Jim Leyland is laughing at all of you. Specifically you, Denny McLain.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 76 65 .539 0 Lost 1
Detroit 74 67 .524 2 Won 1
Kansas City 64 77 .453 12 Won 2
Cleveland 59 83 .415 17.5 Lost 4
Minnesota 59 83 .415 17.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.11.2012 at 8:29 PM PDT)


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 links:

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.

Tigers remain more famous than good -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"So now the famous Tigers are three games behind the less-famous White Sox. (Jose who?)" This article hurt my head.

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
Pure gold.

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."

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