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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander's struggles & Detroit's issues on the road

What's wrong with Justin Verlander?, Detroit's issues on the road and late in games, and 30 better relievers than Phil Coke. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


AL Central Standings

Detroit 43 37 .537 0 Lost 2
Cleveland 44 38 .536 0 Won 4
Kansas City 38 41 .481 4.5 Won 1
Minnesota 36 42 .461 6 Lost 1
Chicago 32 47 .405 10.5 Lost 5

(updated 6.30.2013 at 7:12 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Pressure's on the Tigers -- especially these five men
The Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski

This was the year the Tigers finally were going to stroll through the summer without much sweat, right? Ha. We're about to hit the halfway point and it hasn't happened yet, not even close.

Offensive struggles on road, late in games overshadow any other issues Detroit Tigers have Chris Iott

But the Tigers have also scored two or fewer runs 21 times -- that's more than a quarter of their games -- and have scored a total of 26 runs in those 21 games.

Quick Post: Thirty Better Lefty Relievers than Phil Coke

Basically, yes.

Video: Prince Fielder hits home run off catwalk at Tropicana Field
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

I can assure you: It was just as awesome in person.

Indians defy logic, tie Tigers for first
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

The consistently amazing thing about baseball is that even as we understand more about the sport because of today's wealth of data it continues to confound our explanation of events.

What's Wrong with Justin Verlander?
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Tigers fans are all asking the same question: "What's wrong with Justin Verlander?"

Thinking 2014 Detroit Tigers
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

Mike Ilitch has shown a willingness that most owners do not, to run the team in such a way that the business breaks even if everything goes well and loses tens of millions if the team scuffles.

Around the AL Central:

David Lough, Royals offense powers Kansas City to 9-8 victory over the Twins
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Lough became just the fifth Royals player in history to hit four extra-base hits in a single game.

MLB Final Score/Recap: Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Let's Go Tribe

Terry: "Justin, the bullpen needs a rest." Justin: "No problem, skipper."

Elsewhere in baseball:

A different way of measuring clutch
The Hardball Times, Matt Hunter

The classic Clutch score uses leverage index, but what happens when we use run expectancy instead?

On the display of divisive iconography in our ballparks
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Just a few days after someone noticed the Cardinals have been drawing a cross on the pitcher's mound, the Mariners announced they'll fly a Gay Pride flag at Safeco Field. Are we allowed to think about these things differently?