AL Central Standings
Brennan Boesch needs to watch his hips, Johnny Peralta isn't as bad as we think, and Lynn Henning defends the Jim Leyland and Lloyd McClendon haters. These stories and Derek Jeter's diary in today's Morning Prowl.
Prince Fielder's productive, but Detroit Tigers could have used Jose Reyes, C.J. Wilson -- MLive.com, Josh Slagter
"Fielder shouldn't be considered a scapegoat for the Tigers' 25-30 start." That's good, cause he's not. If Fielder isn't single-handedly to blame for the Tigers struggles, then let's not assume that someone else would have single-handedly erased the Tigers problems.
Firing Jim Leyland or Lloyd McClendon would not reverse Tigers' nosedive -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
One of those rare occasions where I agree with Henning.
Would A Firing Or Two Fix What Ails Tigers? -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Neyer's sort-of response to Henning.
Tigers should be patient, hold onto Nick Castellanos -- Detroit Free Press, Jamie Samuelsen
"They need some insurance. They need some homegrown talent. They need some up-and-coming stars. Castellanos is all of those things right now."
Brennan Boesch needs to watch his hips -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
Boesch has been struggling seemingly all season. Why are they waiting until June to try and figure out what the problem might be? I don't know either. Let's hope today was an indication of what's to come.
Jhonny Peralta Isn’t As Bad In The Field As We Say He Is -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
I've always said Peralta isn't as bad as people seem to think. With that said, he hasn't been very spectacular this year, either. He's messed up a lot of fundamental plays -- more so than normal it seems.
Who are the Worst Position Players in Baseball? -- Beyond the Box Score, Josh Worn
Can you guess which Tigers players make this list? I'm guessing you probably can.
The Fix Is On -- Brain Matters
"Do Something Stupid: I don’t care what it is, but let’s do something stupid. Mohawks, dyed hair, waxed legs…whatever it is, lighten the mood and change it up."
If Sports Are An Escape...Can We Escape The Tigers? -- Motor City Bengals, Sam Genson
No. And if they play like they did today, we shouldn't want to. Problem is, games like today are few and far between it seems.
Around the AL Central:
Game 56: Tigers 7, Indians 5 -- Let's Go Tribe
"It has now been two full weeks since a Cleveland Indians starting pitcher went at least seven innings."
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: The Captain quells concerns -- South Side Sox
"In what looked to be a much better matchup for us in the pitching department, It was Jake Peavy vs. Henderson Alvarez."
Elsewhere in baseball:
MLB, MLBPA Announce modifications to joint drug agreement -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
"In the recently-completed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league and the union agreed to make several modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement which governs drug testing, suspensions and whatnot in baseball."
The Platoon Advantage: Oakland is Just Terrible (No Offense) -- Baseball Prospectus, Jason Wojciechowski |
"The thing you learn as an A's fan the last few years is that it can always get worse." Yikes.
Derek Jeter's Diary: The Jeterversary -- The Triangle Blog, Mark Lisanti
I had no idea this existed. It's quite hilarious. As most faux blogs usually are.
Are certain kinds of teams more susceptible to no-hitters? -- The Hardball Times, Dan Lependorf
"There have been 41 no-hitters in the past 20 years. What do they have in common?" None of the pitchers gave up hits? I'm hilarious.
Washington Nationals teammates rave about rookie Bryce Harper -- FOX Sports, Ken Rosenthal
Yep, I'm starting to drink the Bryce Harper Kool-Aid.
Fastest man in baseball on pace for 160 steals -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Me thinks he'd look fantastic in a Tigers uniform.
Watch Mark Reynolds Strike Out 100 Times In Two Minutes -- Deadspin
This is glorious.