AL Central Standings
Brennan Boesch is swinging at bad pitches, Daniel Schlereth has another option left, and the standings above are probably outdated. These stories and a couple of book recommendations in today's Morning Prowl.
Brennan Boesch and the O-Swing% Difference - Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
No disrespect to the author -- it's nice analysis and worth the read -- but I'm pretty sure my dog could have told us that Boesch was swinging at a lot of bad pitches this season. Once she's done licking the carpet, that is.
Schlereth’s option voided, now on Tigers DL - Beck's Blog
"The only difference now is that he’ll accumulate Major League service time while he’s on the DL." So he sucks and he's hurt, and I'm pretty sure that this means he's getting paid more for it.
The Ignored Bullet Holes (A Look at Some Detroit Pitching Statistics After the First Month) - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"I don’t know about you but I’m a bit impressed with Scherzer’s utter failure to retire batters and yet ability to lead the league in strikeouts per nine innings."
Whine of the Ancient Sportswriter - DesigNate Robertson
Rogo is like the Miguel Cabrera of bashing sportswriters. He does the spectacular so often that you almost take it for granted.
Ex-Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman on comeback attempt: 'I'm just looking for an opportunity' - MLive, Chris Iott
I don't know if Bonderman has a future with the Tigers, but I'd like to see him make a comeback with another team. I'm hoping it's the A's, and we hear about Billy Beane throwing another chair against the wall.
Tigers minor league report: Pitchers learning their lessons at Erie - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Henning tones down his usual "flavor of the week" offerings (though he seems to like Ryan Robowski) for a broader look at the Erie pitching staff.
Sabermetrics Book on Sale - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Beyond Batting Average, Lee's sabermetrics book, is on sale (well, the electronic version anyway) for just $4 through the end of the month. And speaking of books, Rob Neyer has a suggestion for us all.
Around the AL Central:
Game 27: Indians 8, White Sox 6 - Let's Go Tribe
"Zach McAllister got his first major-league win, Nick Hagadone got his first major-league save, and Travis Hafner had a triple. Other than that, it was a typical Tribe victory." Meaning = way too early in the season.
Indians 3, White Sox 2: Pain delayed - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox have lost 11 of 14, and six of seven against their chief AL Central rivals. It would have been less painful had the game been called due to rain. Instead, a one-hour, 25-minute rain delay allowed the Sox to prolong the agony."
Angels top Twins 8-3 In Dozier's Debut - Twinkie Town
"You could make the argument, very easily that this was Francisco Liriano's best start of the season. But, keeping in mind that if you say that, you are not saying much."
The Horror! The Dull, Dull Horror! The Sanchize Torched, Interminable Game Finally Ends - Royals Review
"Once again, the mediocre Royals starter out-mediocred the similarly mediocre pitcher that the Royals' opponents trotted out."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Cole Hamels admits that he intentionally hit Bryce Harper with a pitch - Big League Stew, David Brown
Memo to Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals GM: shut up until your team actually wins something. Hamels was suspended for 5 games by the MLB. Jordan Zimmerman, who retaliated by plunking Hamels, was not suspended.
Jayson Werth undergoes wrist surgery, expected to miss "at least 12 weeks" - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Werth rolled over his wrist (seriously, don't watch that replay) in Sunday night's game. His injury is a big hit to the Nationals, who are just about to get Ryan Zimmerman back from the DL.