AL Central Standings
Max Scherzer's new delivery is a welcome addition, Prince Fielder is fitting in just fine with the Tigers, and Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout performance will always be one for the record books. These stories and some Phil Coke's Brain hyperventilation in today's Morning Prowl.
Confused by the 'tweak' to Scherzer's delivery? He explains ... -- Out of Left Field
Not confused, just grateful. It seems to have done the trick.
At 40-game mark, Tigers fans are frustrated but hopeful -- The Detroit News, Terry Foster
The comment thread on this one was, well, special.
Mitch Albom: Prince Fielder fitting in just fine with the Tigers -- Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom
"Right now, to fans, Prince Fielder may still be the new guy. But the slugger, who spent part of his childhood in Detroit, doesn't feel that way. He's where he wants to be, doing it the way he wants to do it."
Every Ten Games: 40 Down, Not Quite 35-5 -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo breaks down the season so far. And we're reminded that we aren't at all where we had hoped to be.
Verlander's third no-no near-miss -- SweetSpot Blog, Christina Kahrl
"If Verlander had pulled it off, he would have joined a very short list of people with more than two career no-nos, a select group populated by just five other men in baseball history: Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four), and Cy Young, Bob Feller and Larry Corcoran with three apiece."
Hyperventalation -- Brain Matters
Phil Coke's Brain uses a rare moment of seriousness to try and talk some worried Tigers fans down from the ledge. Unfortunately, it's hard to take it too seriously when the headline is spelled wrong. Nevertheless, good stuff.
Using RE24 to Account for Situational Hitting -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Panas takes a look into the RE24 statistic and how the Tigers match up with the rest of the American League.
At The Quarter Pole: Team Defense -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
"We figured the Tigers' defense would stink. With the season one quarter over, we can look back to see just what kind of stink." Aw, c'mon. It's not that bad.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 6, Cubs 0: Shutout seals sweep -- South Side Sox, Jom Margalus
"Even with the wind blowing out, Jake Peavy threw 6 1/3 scoreless inning to guide the White Sox to their fourth straight victory."
Royals Flail Meekly at Pedestrian Lefty Offerings, Lose 2 - 0 to Random Team from Lesser League -- Royals Review
"Just three days removed from a five-inning relief appearance that saw him toss 52 pitches, Nathan Adcock was serviceable for five innings this afternoon."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Baseball On Par With Other Professional Sports In Dealing With Bad Umpires -- Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
"Major League Baseball suspended umpire Bob Davidson for one game for repeatedly mishandling on-field conflicts. It's a step in the right direction for baseball."
Babe Ruth jersey auctioned for $4.4 million, becomes most expensive sports memorabilia ever -- Big League Stew, David Brown
I guess my silent auction bid did not go through. I'll find something else to do with my millions I suppose.
Kerry Wood and the greatest game pitched -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
It's certainly one of the most exciting baseball memories I have from growing up.