AL Central Standings
Miguel Cabrera's Best Hit of the Season - Grantland, Caleb Hannan
This takes us back to the Texas series that wasn't too enjoyable, but it's always fun to hear about how special Miggy truly is.
Baseball's best: Miguel Cabrera or Troy Tulowitzki? - SB Nation, Bill Parker
"At the end of the day, the mere fact that the answer to the best-player question almost has to be 'Cabrera or _____' probably means that the single correct answer right now is Cabrera."
Cabrera on pace for best season by a Tigers batter - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Lee demonstrates the Batting Runs statistic, showing Cabrera is on pace to be ahead of Norm Cash's 1961 season.
Tigers starters excel at back of the ballcard stats - Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
Also excel at FIP and SIERA, which probably need to be on ballcards if they haven't been added yet. (Have they? ::shrug::)
Tigers enjoying embarrassment of starting pitching riches - Detroit News, Wojo
With 100% less SIERA. Actually, Wojo wrote about Jose Alvarez and quite a few other topics I didn't touch on. Only the headlines are similar.
Al Alburquerque's wildness keeps him from rejoining Tigers, Detroit News, Tom Game
"The reason for him being down there," said Leyland, "is to eliminate the walks. When you're still seeing them, it doesn't make you want to hurry up. It doesn't make it seem urgent - because that's why he's down there. But I will say I got a glowing report the other day about his slider."
Handshake of Doom flap is just silly, Out of Left Field, Matthew B Mowery
More people visit his blog from a Bleacher Report link than a Bless You Boys link. This cannot stand. Oh, and Mowery wrote about how silly (er duh) the entire episode is.
Around the Central
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6 (in the fifth when this is written -- Read South Side Sox for an interesting take on their rotation.
Indians, off Monday -- Read Lets Go Tribe anyway
Twins, off Monday -- Read Twinkie Town
Around the MLB
Paul Goldschmidt and hitting in the clutch - ESPN SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
It's funny how someone considered by some on this site to be "not clutch" appears in a positive light in an article about hitting in the clutch.
What should the Braves do with their rotation? - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
I would imagine that a lot of American League teams would put us in the same boat as the Braves this season.
Wrigley Field by day, U.S. Cellular Field by night - Hardball Talk, Craig Calcaterra
Craig and our own Allison were off in Chicago over the weekend. Insider info: Allison hurled. I guess that got cut by an editor. Fortunately I'm the editor here, unless Allison reads this and deletes everything.