The Detroit Tigers’ losing streak has reached seven games — and one-half if you count the suspended game from Sunday that saw the Athletics take the lead before Mother Nature relieved herself on Comerica Park.
Suffice to say, it has been a tough week for the boys in the Olde English D, as well as their fanbase.
Normally, I would insert some encouraging, optimistic follow-up to a depressing paragraph such as the one above, but to be honest, all I have for you today are these nuggets of news from the weekend.
Franklin Perez is injured... again
Franklin Perez, the No. 5 prospect on Bless You Boys’ 2019 preseason list, is injured again. This is the fourth time the centerpiece of the Justin Verlander trade has been sent to the injured list since coming over in 2017. Someone needs to buy a pallet of bubble wrap and a swimming pool full of packing peanuts for him.
Or, you know, change something in his approach, like his arm slot.
#Tigers Franklin Perez has been placed back on the 7-day IL retroactive to May 17.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) May 19, 2019
Fenech is on fire
Anthony Fenech, the Detroit Free Press’ Tigers beat writer, has been at his sauciest in 2019. Suffice to say, he has not been pulling any punches this year, calling out Tigers management and the front office on their shenanigans. Stay tuned for more of The Fury of Fenech, coming soon to a Twitter feed near you.
A critically-acclaimed column from Friday’s Free Press, on the Tigers being a mess and not deserving your money right now. Said one American League executive: “Your articles are so bad that they are not worth reading.” https://t.co/Z0NnVBGqvY— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) May 18, 2019
It’s MLB draft season!
Right hand pitcher Daniel Espino and outfielder Hunter Bishop, along with third baseman Kody Hoese (we have prospects in different area codes) are currently featured here on Bless You Boys. Espino, a hard-throwing high school student originally from Panama, might be an option in the second round for the Tigers if he falls on draft day. Bishop might be the five-tool unicorn the Tigers never seem to be able to capture out of Arizona State. Hoese is a heavy-hitting infielder who may also be a good option in the second round if he falls.
Two Clemens, three games
Not to invoke one of the more disturbing memes in recent internet history, but the two Clemens brothers recently faced off when the Dunedin Blue Jays visited the Flying Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. The duo progeny of should-be Hall of Famer Roger Clemens matched up for the weekend series that saw the Tigers’ half, Kody Clemens, go 4-for-11 with a walk, three strikeouts, three RBI topped off with a double. Not too shabby for Detroit’s third round pick of 2018 and the youngest son of the Clemens brood.
Old Friend Alert
Former Tigers first-round-pick-turned-trade-bait, Jacob Turner, was sighted in the Korean Baseball Organization recently. It appears that he has developed a splitter, and a pretty darned good one at that. Your humble links-smith saw him throw it with a great deal of success against opponents who are already quite familiar with the pitch. Maybe Al Avila should dial long distance and bring him back again? They say the third time is the charm.
#OldFriendAlert frm 1st round—9th overall—pick 2009 of the @tigers playing w/ @Kiatigers of #KBO! Looks like he's developed a splitter across the pond, throwing it rather effectively against players accustomed to the pitch. Looked pretty good out there! Makin' 'em dance too! pic.twitter.com/W3rryvMQdl— Adam Dubbin (@AdamDubbin) May 19, 2019
Around the horn
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Monday morning tweet
“I just like the duck. I think it’s cool.”