In praise of the defense, which is better than ever
SI.com, Tom Verducci
Did the PED-using Jhonny Peralta, for instance, do a favor for the Tigers with the shortstop's 50-game suspension, which forced the trade for Red Sox defensive wizard Jose Iglesias?
The Tigers might manage to hold off the Indians for the division title without strong finishes by those two, but they cannot win it all if Scherzer and Cabrera are not at their best.
Detroit Tiger Droppings: September '13 Edition
As I mentioned last week, I’m quite busy at work this time of year and don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to writing doodie jokes about baseball.
Cabrera’s ejection and the warning rule
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
The common thread is the warning, and the trigger to give the hook after the warning is issued. What exactly Cabrera said is up for debate.
Ideal Detroit Tigers playoff roster
Motor City Bengals, Grant Stoye
In Major League Baseball, making the playoffs is never as secure a probability as one often thinks it is.
Around the AL Central:
Royals Defeat McAllister and the Racists Thanks Largely to the Herculean Efforts of Luke Hochevar
Royals Review, Josh Duggan
Guthrie hit hard often but luck was on his side. Li'l Hercules hangs dong. Royals gain ground in the Wild Card race.
Tigers 9, White Sox 1: Back to the grind
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Three-game winning streak ends with typically grotesque 2013-style loss.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Crikey, is this genuine about Major League Cricket Baseball opening the 2014 season Down Under in Australia?
A Question About Value in a Losing Effort
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
Essentially, this argument suggests that there is little or no value to be gained from wins that do not result in postseason berth, or at least playoff contention.
This isn’t to say Alex is the worst anything; he remains a prisoner of his insecurities, a man who must live with what could have/would have been but for his insatiable need to be the best.
Bryce Harper isn’t allowed to talk about his injury
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Well, this should put an end to any worry and speculation: Bryce Harper here in New York, in good spirits.
Ten baseball movie posters worth another look
Baseball Nation, Jim Baker
Visual dynamism to the maximum! A collection of wall-worthy movie art that's sure to spark debate about its inclusions and exclusions.