Detroit Tigers Links: Nick Castellanos' playoff chances & is Boston the best team in the MLB?

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Nick Castellanos might not be a lock to make the playoff roster (but should start Saturday), Jim Leyland is sick of the words "run support," and one writer thinks the MLB's best team played at Fenway Park last night. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 81 59 .578 0 Lost 2
Cleveland 74 65 .532 6.5 Won 2
Kansas City 72 67 .517 8.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 61 77 .442 19 Lost 1
Chicago 56 82 .405 24 Lost 6

(updated 9.5.2013 at 1:09 AM EDT)


Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers’ Nick Castellanos Doesn’t Appear To Be A Prime Postseason Roster Candidate
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
I hope the organization doesn't use Castellanos on the postseason roster over Jhonny Peralta, but over someone like Danny Worth? Might as well.

Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos might make first career start Saturday against KC lefty Danny Duffy
MLive, Chris Iott
IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Tigers' Jim Leyland blasts stat that devalues Max Scherzer's season
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

"My view of pitchers’ stats is this: Did he give us a chance to win? If he did that on any kind of consistent basis for me, then he’s a very good pitcher. But I also like guys that win. I’d rather have a pitcher nobody is talking about who has won 15 games than somebody everyone is raving about who has won five."

Using RE24 to Evaluate Relievers
Eye On the Tigers, Jeff Roberts
This probably won't surprise you, but everyone's RE24 was horrible last night.

Around the AL Central:

Astros 6, Twins 5: Minnesota Falls Short as Houston Walks Off
Twinkie Town
Whatever, I'm still celebrating the fact that Justin Morneau is out of the division.

White Sox Lose In Erik Johnson's Debut
South Side Sox
I watched a couple innings in this one -- why? I'm not sure -- but Johnson looked exactly like you'd expect a rookie pitching in Yankee Stadium to look.

Indians blow an early 4-0 lead, but recover to beat Baltimore 6-4 in a crucial game
Let's Go Tribe
Thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays' slump, the Indians are still just three games back in the AL Wild Card race.

Royals Drop Costly Game
Royals Review, Clark Fosler
Wade Davis pitched in this game. Starter, reliever, it really doesn't matter.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Best team in baseball? Maybe it's Boston
ESPN SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
Team in large market + playoff race + blowout win on national television = perfect formula for an overreaction column.

Give it your best shot, Joe Girardi
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
It would be tough for Mariano Rivera to renege on his retirement at this point, but you can't blame Joe Girardi for panicking about his bullpen in 2014.

The Obviousness of Billy Hamilton
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
The best part about this is that Hamilton stole another base on another first pitch against Yadier Molina last night, and this time the throw was right on the money.

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