Detroit Tigers Links: Torii Hunter eyes World Series title & Detroit's inconsistencies

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Torii Hunter eyes a potential World Series title, Detroit's bullpen and defensive inconsistencies, and Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell passes away. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Tigers’ Torii Hunter Seeks Elusive Title, Tyler Kepner

With a two-year deal for $26 million, Hunter had his next best chance to reach the World Series after six fruitless postseason trips with the Minnesota Twins and the Angels.

Tigers bullpen implodes at worst possible time
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

On Sunday night, with the Tigers ahead, 5-1, and with Game 2 of the ALCS all but in their pants pocket heading home to Comerica Park, the bullpen disintegrated.

How To Blow a Playoff Game in Eleven Easy Steps

No less than a dozen people approached me today with some sort of "What happened to the Tigers last night?" comment.

When the Tigers Defense Attacked
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

When constructing his current roster, Dave Dombrowski (and Mike Ilitch) chose to prioritize offensive production, and were willing to sacrifice defense in several positions in order to get more thump into the line-up.

Detroit Tigers' Torii Hunter just missed catching grand slam: 'I'd die on the field for this'
Detroit Free Press, Steve Gardner

'The one guy you don't want to beat you … and he beat us,' an aching Hunter said afterward.

Anatomy of a bullpen blow-up,
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Four different Tigers relievers pitched in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Analyzing the end: Good choices or bad?
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

The Boston Red Sox were dead, crushed in for the second straight game by a dominant starting pitcher, their bats swinging through nasty fastballs and ungodly breaking stuff from Max Scherzer.

Walk-off Wins and Momentum,
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

After Sunday night's improbable Red Sox comeback, many Red Sox and Tigers fans claimed that the momentum was now on the Red Sox side.

Games 1 and 2 of the Conflict ALCS
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Now that the Tigers have lost a game, we can safely bump Maneki-Paws from the top spot here.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The guy who stole that home run ball in Boston being called "The Angel of Fenway"
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

The guy who grabbed a home run ball out of a woman's hand to throw it out onto the field, and who is reported to have called a black fan nearby "Trayvon" and "Prince Fielder's crackhead brother" has a fan club!

MLB umpire Wally Bell dies of heart attack
SB Nation

Bell, who did volunteer work for the American Heart Association, leaves behind two children.

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