clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Playoff Prowl: Singing and kisses, but heart attack free joy from the Tigers

Getty Images

Tigers in tune, fat lady sings for Yankees - FOX Sports
Introducing: The Singing Leylands. Or is that a Twitter fake account about to be launched? @SingingLeyland. "Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today ..." Jon Paul Morosi writes how Leyland kept a loose tone heading up to the deciding game that helped his team make it through to the ALCS.

Valverde Seals Tigers' Win - ESPN Video - ESPN
While I'm offering suggestions today, how about Kissing Jim Leyland? (Hat/Tip Chris Vannini on twitter for the video.)

Tigers Eliminate Yankees in Classic Playoff Duel -- Tiger Tales
You know how exciting Game 5 was? It's even got Lee writing these words: "Tonight, the Tigers did what every team dreams about. They eliminated the the Yankees in a deciding game on the hallowed turf of Yankee Stadium. It was one of the Tigers biggest victories ever and one that their fans will remember for ages. "

Tigers' tense victory is payback for past heartbreaks | The Detroit News
Lynn Henning is right about that. Tigers fans' rallying cry: We're owed something for the way 2009 ended!

Detroit Tigers survive ALDS Game 5, advance to ALCS - ESPN
"Thank goodness Papa Grande didn't give us a heart attack today," outfielder Don Kelly said.

Truer words were never spoken.

Requiem for a Season -- The Yankee Analysts
Larry Koestler notes, among other things, "credit is also due to the Tigers, who, despite allowing a lot of runs, were able to really limit the damage when they most needed to. The star of the series was undoubtedly Scherzer." (Hat-tip Hardball Times)

NY Post cover
'K'Put with Alex Rodriguez striking out.

Tigers Edge Yankees, InfoGraphically - Baseball Nation
I love infographics.

Don Kelly makes Jim Leyland look like a genius -- The Detroit News
Tony Paul writes about the decision to go with Kelly starting, and notes that Max Scherzer deserved the mythical ALDS MVP award among plenty of Tigers contenders.

Fister trade pays off for Tigers with Game 5 win --

Before the ALDS, a lot of talk centered on the fact the three-team trade during the 2009-2010 offseason that sent players to New York, Detroit and Arizona all resulted in 2011 playoff teams. (It's still paying dividends in Detroit, as Scherzer has certainly gotten some good press.) But the Tigers' trades this season have been pretty big, too, Barry M. Bloom writes.

Delmon Young makes history for Tigers, leaves early with injury | The Detroit News
Young became the first Tiger to hit 3 home runs in a postseason series, but he's not sure how long his oblique injury might bother him.

Reviewing the Delmon Young Trade: Was It Still the Right Thing to Do? - Twinkie Town
This was written before last night's game. From a Twins standpoint, it's a good angle to take. If Minnesota can use the salary relief to make themselves better, it was the right thing for them to do. (Think of the Tigers trading Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, eventually spinning some of that money saved into Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit.)

DesigNate Robertson: Game Five: By The Numbers
Naturally Rogo takes credit for Don Kelly's success.

Fungo Flash Poll: What was your favorite part of the Tigers’ Game 5 win? -- Daily Fungo
Mike wants to know your favorite part of the Game 5 win. (The win part!)

Baseball Prospectus -- A Night for the 25th Man (subscription required)
What looks like a mismatch doesn't always turn out to be one, Jay Jaffe writes.

The Texas Rangers Have Been Silent But Deadly - Motor City Bengals - A Detroit Tigers blog
People used to say that about me. ... OK not really. Mine definitely weren't silent.

Friday a.m. Rangers stuff - Lone Star Ball
Rather than gather some Rangers news today, how about I point you toward the Rangers blog at SB Nation, Lone Star Ball? There are a few stories to look at there.