Detroit Tigers Links: Previewing the Detroit vs. Oakland matchup & Buster Olney's confusing Mike Trout defense

Jason O. Watson

Previewing the Detroit Tigers/Oakland Athletics matchup, Jhonny Peralta is happy to have a second chance, and Buster Olney's confusing Mike Trout defense. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Jhonny Peralta happy to have second chance with Tigers
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

There he sat Tuesday afternoon, at his usual locker, just down from Miguel Cabrera and right next to Victor Martinez, back in the Tigers' home clubhouse at Comerica Park.

Three reasons why Detroit Tigers have chance to win World Series, three reasons they might not do it
MLive.com, Chris Iott

The Tigers have their work cut out for them.

Pain robs Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera of magic season
Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor

A month ago Cabrera was hitting with such frequency and power we had to reach back decades for comparisons.

Your 2013 Tigers/Athletics ALDS Preview
TigerSnark

Since TigerSnark is the most trusted Detroit Tigers website in the known universe, I know you have come here for the most comprehensive breakdown of this series possible.

Know Your Foe: Oakland Athletics
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

For the second straight year, the Detroit Tigers have a date with the Oakland A’s in the ALDS.

Elsewhere in baseball:

When the "best" player who "unquestionably provides the most value to his team" is not the MVP
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

I take it back. Heyman's MVP column was not all that convoluted after all. That's because I just read Buster Olney's and I can't recall anything as confounding.

Verlander, Ramirez among big name X-factors for each postseason team
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

No matter how good they are, every team enters the postseason with some question marks, whether it’s with regards to injuries, slumping players or relatively unproven commodities.

The 20 longest home runs of the 2013 baseball season
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Bless the wonderful soul who created the video you see above — it's a compilation of the 20 longest home runs hit in the 2013 baseball season.

Blaming Ron Washington
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

The final score of Game 163 was 5-2, but until the bottom of the ninth it seemed a lot closer than that. Did Rangers manager Ron Washington somehow blow it?

Simple analysis: Price and Longoria good
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Heading into the final few games of the season, I heard an interview with Joe Maddon where he was asked what it will take for the Rays to get through these next few games and into the postseason.

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