The Tigers Baby Brigade

Things you don’t often see in the Tigers game notes:

KELLY PLACED ON PATERNITY LIST, WORTH RECALLED FROM TOLEDO: The Tigerstoday placed infielder/outfielder Don Kelly on the paternity list and the club has recalled the contract of infielder Danny Worth from Triple A Toledo. Worth hit .247 (69×279) with 17 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 32 RBI in 79 games with Toledo.

CABRERA REINSTATED FROM PATERNITY LIST: The Tigers today reinstated first baseman Miguel Cabrera from the paternity list. Cabrera missed yesterday’s game at Tampa Bay for the birth of his son Christopher Alexander. Following yesterday’s game, the Tigers optioned the contract of catcher Omir Santos to Triple A Toledo.

Who’s next, Gene Lamont?

2010: The Year in Lists

2011Calendar.jpgA year ago, we were still stinging from Game 163 and not certain how the Tigers would respond to a crushing end to the 2009 season. Would they regress to 2008’s disappointment or regroup to erase the memory of the ’09 collapse?

The answer was: they’d be relevant. And that, ladies in gentlemen, is the extent of the analysis in this post. Instead of a deep dive into 2010, let’s look at the year in the form of randomly selected lists:

2010 At A Glance*

  • Record: 81-81, 3rd in American League Central, 13 games back of Minnesota
  • Days in First: 13, the last on July 10
  • Biggest Lead: 1, last on July 7
  • Farthest Behind: 15.5 on Sept. 15
  • Most Games over .500: 11, last on July 10
  • Most Games under .500: 5, last on Aug. 19
  • Longest Winning Streak: 7, June 11-18
  • Longest Losing Streak: 7, July 11-20
  • Most Runs Allowed: 15, June 9
  • Most Runs Scored: 13, Aug. 15
  • Longest Game (innings): 14, July 19
  • Times Shutout by Opponent: 10
  • Times Opponent Shutout: 5

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Monday Mankowskis: Inge and Peralta More Alike Than You Think

No Tigers baseball for a week, how are you managing? Here in Phoenix we’re prepping for another season of Arizona Fall League action. (More on that later.)

In the meantime, here are some odds and ends from the last week:

  • If you’re still coming to grips with the notion of Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta manning the left side of the Tigers’ infield next season, here’s something I noticed that will either make you feel better or worse – and nowhere in between.

    Based on this year’s stats, it appears that Inge and Peralta are practically twins:

    2010 Stats Inge Peralta
    Games 144 148
    At bats 514 551
    Hits 127 137
    Home Runs 13 15
    RBI 70 81
    Average .247 .249
    On-base Percentage .321 .311
    Slugging Percentage .397 .392
    OPS .718 .703

    Of Peralta, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski last Sunday said: “We don’t know what we will do with his ($7.25 million) option, but would like him back next year as our shortstop.”

    I’m like many Tigers fans: skeptical, at best, about Peralta as a full-time shortstop. True, he’ll bring more pop to the position than either Danny Worth or Ramon Santiago. But that’s not saying much, is it? As for his defense, the 2010 edition of Baseball Prospectus described Peralta as “increasingly immobile.”

    Gee, if we wanted an immobile shortstop, why not give the job back to Carlos Guillen?

    Discuss.

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News Galore on the Way Out the Door

It’s not often Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski gets loose and talks at length about the club’s plans, but on Sunday in Baltimore he did just that, breaking some news and confirming a few long-anticipated decisions:

  • Inge.jpgBrandon Inge gets offered an extension. As Ian wrote this summer, Inge is either loved or loathed in Detroit — with little in between. But I think even those of us who are frustrated by his lack of a strategy when he’s at the plate feel better about third base next season and maybe in 2012, too. In our recent Fungo Pulse Check, 79 percent of respondents (207 of 263 votes) preferred bringing back Inge over Jeremy Bonderman.

  • OrdonezHead.jpgMagglio Ordonez might be back. This isn’t a surprise. The Tigers aren’t picking up the $15 million option on Ordonez’s contract which means he’ll be a free agent, but the Tigers are open to re-signing him. I kept thinking that sentimental Mike Ilitch would tell Dombrowski to pick up the option for old time’s sake. I hope he comes back. If he does sign elsewhere — and you know Scott Boras is already firing up his hyperbole machine — I just pray that he doesn’t go back to the White Sox.

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Two for Tuesday: The Good and the Ugly

Number2.jpgCourtesy of Elias Sports Bureau:

Will Rhymes hit his first major-league home run for the Tigers on Monday, making him the seventh Detroit rookie to hit a homer this season, joining Alex Avila, Brennan Boesch, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila, Casper Wells and Danny Worth. No other major-league team has gotten homers from as many as seven different rookies this season.

And this one, tangentially related to the Tigers:

The Pirates swept a three-game series from the Diamondbacks despite entering Friday night’s series opener with a 48-98 record. Over the last 30 seasons (since 1980) only two other teams swept a series of at least three games after beginning that series at least 50 games below .500. The Royals (48-99) won four in a row against the Tigers under those circumstances in 2005 and the Nationals (52-103) swept a three-game set from the Mets last September.

By the way, today’s Bill Murray‘s 60th birthday.

Tigers Today: July 26, 2010

3rdBaseline.jpgTigers’ Record:

51-46, 3rd place; 2 GB Chicago

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Rays | 7:10 p.m. ET – Tropicana Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (7-7) vs. Matt Garza (10-5)

Yesterday’s Results

Game 1: Blue Jays 5 – Tigers 3

Game 2: Tigers 6 – Blue Jays 5

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Monday Mankowskis: Playoff Odds, Rayburn’s D, Stephen Drew’s Luck

therapist.jpgThe horror of the weekend sweep in Cleveland hasn’t completely washed away here at Daily Fungo HQ.

Saturday night’s game was so disappointing that yesterday’s seemed more like a scrimmage … A scrimmage that counts.

But a new week is here and the Tigers are at home, where they excel. Instead of focusing on this homestand’s tough opponents, let’s walk on the sunny side of the street: