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Morning Prowl: Justin Verlander, Lester Oliveros, Brandon Inge

How many no-hitters is Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander shooting for? |
Seven would be a good, he says, given that's the total by his childhood hero Nolan Ryan. I'm pretty certain Verlander will at least have three.

Leyland: Verlander on brink of greatness | News
"That was as dominating a performance as I've ever seen," Leyland said. "It was almost a calm no-hitter. It was almost just like, 'I'm at work, I'm doing my job.' It was totally different from most no-hitters. You talk about a masterpiece -- that's dominant."

No-hitters, Raburn’s D & Other Statistical Errata " Motor City Bengals | A Detroit Tigers blog
Chris dives deeper into the statistics of a no hitter, as well as Ryan Raburn's defense.

Tiger Tales: A Detroit Tigers Blog: Is Brandon Inge All Done?
Is Brandon Inge done in Detroit? (Well this is the Tigers. So no.) Lee writes that Inge is no longer an asset for a team in contention for the division title. He suggests moving Jhonny Peralta back to third and calling up a shortstop such as Cale Iorg to shore up the defense. (Given what Inge is hitting, this could upgrade the offense as well!)

AL Central In Focus: Prospect Profile: Lester Oliveros
Corey Ettinger previews another Tigers prospect who is steadily making his way up the minor league ladder.

Reliever Lester Oliveros figures it out | | The Detroit News
Lynn Henning adds to the Oliveros story, pointing out the key difference this year was Oliveros' finding of better control.

Special weekend for Weinhardt, mom - Toledo Blade
John Wagner of the Toledo Blade had a nice mother's day piece about Robbie Weinhardt's mom, Diana. This is pretty cool too:
"When Robbie was five years old, we drove cross-country to go to a wedding — and we were at the Mud Hens’ old ballpark," said Diana Weinhardt, referencing Skeldon Stadium. "I have a picture of Robbie with Muddy, wearing a Mud Hens hat."

the Alaskan Assassin and other such cartoons | Roar of the Tigers
Lost in the aftermath of Verlander's accomplishment was Sam's version of Tigers nicknames. The drawing of the Alaskan Assassin -- Daniel Schlereth -- even found its way to Stink himself, who mentioned it on Twitter. Cool. And: Poor Joel Zumaya, whose injuries disqualify from even donning an Old English D jersey!

Old English D: Wonder Twin Powers Activate!
Jen got to a game when the team was still in Detroit last week.