Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde is pitching well & Victor Martinez's slow start

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Jose Valverde should buy different pizza, Austin Jackson should get a contract extension, and Wil Myers should be in the majors right now. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Jose Valverde strikes out four in two innings, has future Mud Hens teammate hoping for free dinner
MLive, Chris Iott
Buying pizza for the minor leaguers was a nice gesture, but come on, Papa Grande. There's a Little Caesars less than five miles from the stadium.

Tigers' Martinez, Dirks and Avila haven't been up to par at plate
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
I can't even describe the dumpster fire that is the comment section of this post. Wow.

Tigers Should Look To Extend Austin Jackson
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
It's hard to argue against this reasoning with the way Jackson has started the season.

No need to panic over Tigers' bullpen (yet)
Detroit Free Press, Jamie Samuelsen

"But despite these problems in the bullpen, it’s way too soon to consider any wholesale changes, although a demotion for Villarreal certainly bears consideration."

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Seattle Mariners
TigerSnark

"Up next is a trip to the Pacific Northwest, the land of constant rainfall and flannel shirt wearing emo kids. Yes, it’s a trip to Seattle and a series with the Mariners."

Detroit Tigers' Offense Cools Down Athletics in Playoff Rematch
Baseball Hot Corner, Jon Erkkila

"I like the idea of using the off-day to put a starter in the bullpen...when your bullpen is sketchy the added depth down there can be useful."

Around the AL Central:

Analyzing Mark Reynolds' Plate Discipline
Let's Go Tribe
The conclusion here is [spoiler font] small sample size [/spoiler font], but the Baseball Prospectus link within the article is a true gem.

Learning to Love Chris Getz
Royals Review, Clark Fosler

"We may soon fall back out of love with Chris Getz...For now, however, I am willing to give Getz some credit for helping this team get off to a decent start."

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3: Familiar face, familiar result
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

"Mark Buehrle pitches into the seventh against his former club to record his first victory for his current employer."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Does Wil Myers belong in the majors?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Since he did last year, the answer here is undoubtedly "yes."

Video: Ben Revere’s incredible diving catch
HardballTalk, D.J. Short
Wow.

Got the whammy, AL teams
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe

"Having looked up career splits for all hurlers with at least 100 wins from 1916-2012, I found out which pitcher most owns a particular team."

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