Looking around the majors there are plenty of former Tigers doing well — and some not so well. Here’s a look at some of the more notable players and their current numbers:
The other night I saw Edwin Jackson pitch for the Diamondbacks against the Cardinals and he looked sharp (eight innings, 0 walks). I sat behind home plate and couldn’t get over how hard he threw — consistently. He still would like nice in the Tigers’ rotation, wouldn’t he?
Bygones. Here are some Tigers morsels for your consideration:
- Before the 2009 season I had begged and pleaded with the Tigers to sign free-agent reliever Juan Cruz despite his Type-A free-agent status.
I’d watched him throw bullets for the Diamondbacks over a few seasons and thought he’d be a perfect fit in Detroit. Instead, they signed Brandon Lyon and Cruz signed with the Royals, handing the D-backs a prime draft choice.
Today the Royals released him.
[H]e labored through the 2009 season, blowing three straight saves during one stretch on his way to a 5.72 ERA. Cruz wasn’t much better this year, allowing all six inherited runners to score and a .391 batting average against in 5 1-3 innings.
Just another example of why I write this blog and don’t work in a front office.
Continue reading Friday Freehans: Juan Cruz, Bill James and Andres Torres!
Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 18-10-2
Tigers @ Brewers | 8:10 p.m. ET – Miller Park, Milwaukee | On the air: WXYT 1270-AM
Max Scherzer, 1-1, 7.15 vs. Doug Davis, 1-1, 5.40 ERA
Continue reading Tigers Today: April 2, 2010
Apologies for the late post. The benefit is that I have today’s results.
Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 18-10-2
Tigers 4 – Braves 1
The Tigers dinged Jair Jurrjens for a pair of runs on Don Kelly‘s home run and Eddie Bonine pitched four scoreless, one-hit innings to pace the Tigers in the front end of Grapefruit League finale.
Tigers 4 – Astros 2
The only worthwhile tidbit about this matchup of Tigers minor leaguers versus primetime Astros is former Tiger Chris Shelton appearing in the game for Houston. Oh, Brandon Lyon and Tim Byrdak pitched for the Astros.
Continue reading Tigers Today: April 1, 2010
Whether or not he pitches again in the Toronto series, will Tigers fans boo Brandon Lyon during introductions at Comerica Park on Friday?
Would you boo him?
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…watching Edwin Jackson deal all night long was nothing short of exhilarating. Even when he gave up the homer to the unlikeable Scott Rolen. Still, I put this game less on Brandon Lyon and more on the other Brandon with a four-letter last name: Inge.
Sure, he hit a homer to tie it in the ninth, but his error in the eighth got all the bad karma a-swirling.
If Lyon’s 2009 is like his ’08 in Arizona, there will be plenty of opportunities to rip into him.
Tonight, though, I hang on Inge.
Fernando Rodney #56
- Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 220
- 2008 Stats: 0-6, 4.91 ERA, 13 Saves
In a bottom-line business like major league baseball, fans tend to overlook stats such as 49 strikeouts in 40 innings or 13 saves from a late-inning reliever like Fernando Rodney. Six blown saves and an ERA a whisker under five are more glaring and more representative of Detroitâ€™s bullpen woes in 2008. Yet despite that lackluster campaign, the Tigers expect big things from Rodney in â€™09.
Though he spent April and May on the DL, the â€™08 season wasnâ€™t all bad for the senior-ranking Tiger in the bullpen; he assembled stretches of lights-out appearances, including June and July in which hitters produced a .183 average against him. Over that same timeframe he fanned 37 in 27.1 innings pitched. The key to success for Rodney is a breathtaking changeup that, when near the plate, is difficult for hitters to resist. Of course, a high-90s fastball makes the off-speed pitches that much more tantalizing.
With Todd Jonesâ€™ retirement, Brandon Lyon‘s arrival and Joel Zumayaâ€™s (tentative) return, chances are that Rodney will begin 2009 as a setup man. If something goes wrong with Lyon or Zumaya and if Rodney can harness his pitches, develop consistency, and fortify his mental makeup, he could, in the end, be the Tigersâ€™ answer at closer.
For a pitcher with Rodney’s track record, that’s an awful lot of ifs.
Apologies for the lengthy radio silence. For the past 10 days I’ve been clicking the refresh button on my Web browser at Tigers.com waiting to see if they’ve assigned numbers to Gerald Laird, Adam Everett, Edwin Jackson and Matt Treanor.
Lo and behold, today they have. Here are the numbers you’ll see in your program:
- Laird – 8
- Jackson – 36
- Everett – 4
- Treanor – 20
One number that hasn’t changed is Jeff Larish‘s number 19. In the Arizona Fall League he was wearing number 7. With Pudge Rodriguez gone, I thought Larish was making the shift. Apparently not.
Now I can get back to blogging normalcy.
Updated: I forgot to mention Brandon Lyon‘s number, 37. Looks like Kenny Rogers is retired.