AL Central Standings
Max Scherzer gives props to G-Money for Sunday's outing, thinks the Tigers are going to be in the postseason, and enjoys Samara's Terrible Cartoons (OK, I made that last one up). These stories and more Boston-LA trade talks (sorry) in today's Morning Prowl.
Max Scherzer credits Tigers catcher Gerald Laird for spectacular outing - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Hitting 97 and 98 on the radar gun with regularity probably played a small role too.
Max Scherzer: If Detroit Tigers continue to win series 'we're going to be in the postseason' - MLive, Chris Iott
If Scherzer continues to pitch the way he is right now, the Tigers will definitely be in the postseason... and be a very scary team to face once they get there.
Scherzer’s Justified Confidence - FanGraphs Baseball, Matt Klaassen
"But after April’s 7.77 ERA mess, Scherzer’s performance as measured by ERA, at least, has improved each month: 4.04 in May, 3.86 in June, 3.62 in July, and 2.25 so far in August."
Things of late, as Terrible Cartoons, of course - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Awesomeness abound, as always.
Maxwell Scherzer’s Consistent Dominance - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Yup, even more Max Scherzer coverage.
Delmon Young’s hot month of August - The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
"But Delmon’s hot bat hasn’t been limited to just these two games against the Angels, he’s been on a relative tear for the entire month of August. Here’s his line (in 86 plate appearances): .309/.337/.506."
Around the AL Central:
Hendriks Shines as Twins Drop Opener, 1-0 - Twinkie Town
"Felix Hernandez dominated this game. He didn't give up a hit until the 4th inning when Joe Mauer took his fastball right up the middle and it landed right in front of center fielder, Franklin Gutierrez."
Royals Lose to PawSawx 5 - 1, Drop Series 3 - 1 - Royals Review
"If you wanted to gauge where the Royals as a franchise are, looking at this series will drive you to a bender that should border on killing you by way of alcohol/drug consumption at a fatal level."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Dodgers/Red Sox Trade: It's Not The Size Of The Payroll, It's How You Use It - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
"The Dodgers don't care about money right now. Attention Dodgers fans: The Dodgers don't care about money right now. They just want the best team. They'll spend anything."
Boston was headed in a bad direction until the Dodgers gave them a do-over - Grantland, Bill Simmons
"Nobody was more overdue for a hatefully expensive, totally unredeeming, insane clusterf*** of a season more than Red Sox fans. We knew it, too. We could handle a lousy season. It happens."
Tim Hudson has some advice for Tim Lincecum: ‘Be aggressive’ - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
I'm hoping Lincecum takes his advice and returns to form. There are very few pitchers that have been more fun to watch in recent seasons than The Freak.