Nate Odds and Ends

In case you were wondering, here’s what Nate Robertson looks like in a Photoshop-driven Marlins get-up. NateMarlins.jpg

Here’s what Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez had to say about his new starter:

“I know that he’s a pretty good pitcher. … “There were a couple of years that he threw right around 200 innings. He’s a workhorse. Coming to the National League, where teams haven’t had a chance to see him much, maybe he can help us out.”

Nate will join former Tigers Cameron Maybin, Burke Badenhop and Cody Ross on Florida’s Opening Day roster. Andrew Miller was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans last week.

Votes are In: Dontrelle Willis WILL Be in the Tigers Rotation

In our recent Fungo Pulse Check, we asked: Will Dontrelle Willis have a spot in the Tigers rotation on Opening Day?

Interestingly, the votes were roughly even before the Nate Robertson trade was announced. After that, Willis took a leap forward in votes. (Curious, no?)

Here are the final votes:

  • Yes (60%, 21 Votes)
  • No (40%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Take a moment to vote in our latest poll, won’t you?

Gum Time Deflated: Roberston Dealt Back to the Marlins

RobertsonHead.jpgThe Tigers announced — on Twitter, no less — that they’ve traded Nate Robertson to the Marlins for minor-league left hander Jay Voss. Nate will become the only lefty in the Marlins starting rotation. He was set to start tomorrow in the Grapefruit League finale against the Pirates.

According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro:

Before being finalized on Tuesday, the Robertson deal first had to receive the approval of the commissioner’s office, because more than $1 million was being exchanged.

At $10 million this year, Robertson immediately becomes the Marlins’ highest-paid player.

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The DTP #99: One Week to Go

DetroitTigersPodcastAlbum.jpgWelcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast. This is Episode #99 a 68-minute podcast about the Detroit Tigers recorded live from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ann Arbor, Mich.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Is Nate Robertson on the trading block?
  • Bobby Seay‘s torn rotator cuff
  • The Tigers’ batting order
  • Last man on the roster: Don Kelly, Jeff Larish or Clete Thomas?
  • The Sporting News pre-season predictions
  • Did anti-Semitism cost Hank Greenberg a shot at 60 homers in 1938?

…and much more.

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Tigers Today: March 28, 2010

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Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 14-10-1

Today’s Game: Tigers @ Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Legends Field, Tampa | On the Air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM and MLB.TV

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.15 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Fu-Te Ni, Phil Coke, Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde.

Yesterday’s Results

The Tigers suffered a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees yesterday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium. Nate Robertson (2-1) took the loss for Detroit after allowing two runs in five innings of work. Magglio Ordonez singled and drove in Detroit’s lone run.

Tomorrow’s Game

Tigers @ Blue Jays | 1:05 p.m. ET – Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, Fla. | On the Air: None

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (1-1, 0.75 ERA) vs. Dana Eveland (0-1, 1.69 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Eddie Bonine, Brad Thomas, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry

Tigers History Lesson

Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

Tigers Today: March 27, 2010

BehindHomePlate.jpgTigers’ Spring Training Record: 14-9-1

Today’s Game:

Tigers vs. Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland | On the air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM

Pitching Matchup: Nate Robertson (2-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Joel Zumaya, Ryan Perry, Phil Coke, Robbie Weinhardt and Daniel Schlereth

Yesterday’s Results

Braves 5 – Tigers 3

The Braves’ Derek Lowe outdueled Justin Verlander (1-3), who gave up three runs and six hits in 5-2/3 innings. The Opening Day starter also struck out three, walked one and committed a balk. Brandon Inge and Gerald Laird both stroked a pair of hits.

Former Tiger Omar Infante started at shortstop for the Braves going 1 for 3. He’s batting .395 this spring.

Tomorrow’s Game

Tigers @ Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Legends Field, Tampa | On the Air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM

Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.15 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Tigers History Lesson

On this Date in Tigers History

Three for Thursday: Verlander, Branyan and Birthdays

FireballXSmall.jpgWho needs a groundhog? Two weeks until pitchers and catchers arrive in Lakeland for Spring Training.

  1. I never doubted for a minute that the Tigers would sign Justin Verlander to a long-term contact, did you? Given the questionable extensions of recent years — Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson to name two — the Tigers were due for a wise contractual decision.
  2. Last year at the trading deadline I thought the Tigers might make a move for the Mariners’ Russell Branyan. Instead they went after Aubrey Huff. Bygones. Today, Branyan is still looking for work. Should the Tigers be interested? Not at the three years, $20 million he had in mind, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. ESPN Rumor Central spells out the risks of Branyan for any team:

    Branyan hit 22 homers and posted a .956 OPS before the All-Star break last season, but his OPS dipped to .688 after the break and he was forced to shut it down in late August with a herniated disc in his back.

    So, the question then is, “Is Branyan essentially Carlos Guillen?” Probably.

  3. Happy Birthday today to: Stan Papi (59), Rusty Kuntz (55), Chris Bando (54) and the late Joe Sparma. If you want to hear an interview I did with Rusty Kuntz, you can find it here.