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#81 GoWings1905

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:44 AM

Tigers announced this morning Smyly as the 5th starter, Luis Marte gets the final spot in the bullpen. Smyly won't start until April 12th, meaning there is one extra roster spot available for now. Dirks, Thomas, Worth and Inge are the final four with three of them making the team.
 
 
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

From Wiki: "On January 18, 2012, Moyer signed a minor-league contract (with an invitation to spring training) with the Colorado Rockies, a team that did not exist when he made his MLB debut in 1986"


I read somewhere that Jamie Moyer would have been the oldest starter on the Rockies' inaugural Opening Day line-up, too.


Tigers announced this morning Smyly as the 5th starter, Luis Marte gets the final spot in the bullpen. Smyly won't start until April 12th, meaning there is one extra roster spot available for now. Dirks, Thomas, Worth and Inge are the final four with three of them making the team.


Jim Price just brought up the idea that - without a decision this close to Opening Day - the Tigers might be trying to make a move to shore up 2B. Sounds like Raburn's defense has improved this Spring - but I still don't think anyone is sold on him as an everyday 2B. At this point it also sounds like Worth and Inge are about the same player and you have to wonder how much longer loyalty will keep Inge around when Worth should probably already have his spot.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:30 PM

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:04 PM

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The most recent ESPN the Magazine has a feature on the park and the things that make it so 'special'. The Marlins front office makes no qualms about the fact that it is meant to be in attraction onto itself with its swimming pool in left center and the nightclub that exists within the park it'll be good for the area it's in (a poor section of Little Havana) for the stadium to be a success. It'll be a lot better for baseball for the Marlins themselves to be a success, though.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

Smyly with the start against Toronto this afternoon, and he may very well have the Opening Day line-up behind him

CF Jackson
RF Boesch
3B Cabrera
1B Fielder
LF Young
DH Raburn
SS Peralta
C Avila
2B Santiago

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

Smyly with the start against Toronto this afternoon, and he may very well have the Opening Day line-up behind him

CF Jackson
RF Boesch
3B Cabrera
1B Fielder
LF Young
DH Raburn
SS Peralta
C Avila
2B Santiago


I think you are right on. It makes perfect sense -- Avila lower in the order facing a lefty like Lester on Thursday. My goodness, what a lineup. I can't wait for this season to start.
 
 
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

Looks like Duane Below will be headed north for Opening Day after all, as Luis Marte has been placed on the DL having been injured in today's blowout loss to the Blue Jays.

The Tigers have also placed Brandon Inge on the Disabled List retroactive to March 30, so Thomas, Dirks, and Worth will all be headed north as well. There is going to have to be a firm decision made there soon, though. I think it may be time for Inge to occupy some other role on the team. Like bench coach.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:34 PM

Jim said Inge will be a platoon 2B who starts against lefties. He will have to hit to stay that way though. According to Leyland, there was never really any competition between Worth and Inge for the last spot.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:38 PM

Leyland is right -- there was no competition. Worth outplayed Inge in every regard and .180 man is still going to be on the team when healthy. Inge's comments and arrogance this Spring Training just sickens me. Shut up and hit the damn ball. Quit making excuses and playing the victim like someone that has suffered some unjust wrongdoing. Fans are frustrated because the Tigers have given Inge so many opportunities for one good season and he still can't hit a baseball.

I wish he would go away for good. Worth is a better baseball player. Inge made the team because of his contract and history.
 
 
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

in all fairness, Inge did hit this spring. His strikeouts were WAY down, he was hitting the ball square, it just happened to be hit right at people. That is a good sign. His AVG did not represent how he was performing. His last full season in '10 he played 144 games and had 514 at bats. If he had the K rate he had this spring he would strike out 52 less times than he did in '10. Math: 50 AB this spring and 8 Ks = .16Ks per AB. Over 514 ABs the K rate is 82.24. Back in '10 he struck out 134 times. The .16 is 11 points lower than his performance last year when he struck out .27 per AB. Don't write him off yet, he is striking the ball.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:52 AM

in all fairness, Inge did hit this spring. His strikeouts were WAY down, he was hitting the ball square, it just happened to be hit right at people. That is a good sign. His AVG did not represent how he was performing. His last full season in '10 he played 144 games and had 514 at bats. If he had the K rate he had this spring he would strike out 52 less times than he did in '10. Math: 50 AB this spring and 8 Ks = .16Ks per AB. Over 514 ABs the K rate is 82.24. Back in '10 he struck out 134 times. The .16 is 11 points lower than his performance last year when he struck out .27 per AB. Don't write him off yet, he is striking the ball.


I think he's had enough chances. Time to move on.

Besides, it's spring training. I would hope he's at least putting the ball into play.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:16 AM

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:21 PM

The last six times Kentucky has won the NCAA men's basketball title, the Yankees have gone on to win the World Series.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

The last six times Kentucky has won the NCAA men's basketball title, the Yankees have gone on to win the World Series.


Kind of funny you mentioned that considering I recently felt they have the best team this season. Much better pitching going into this season and the lineup is always solid. Plus I guess A-Rod went to the same German doctor that Kobe Bryant went to this past summer to get that shady blood-platelet-transfer surgery (where now Kobe's leading the league in minutes and points in this shortened season at age 33.) Could be a bounce back year for him is my guess.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:02 PM

Seen this in the Youtube Spotlight, thought it'd be a good video to kick off the season. :lol:



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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:46 PM

Kind of funny you mentioned that considering I recently felt they have the best team this season. Much better pitching going into this season and the lineup is always solid. Plus I guess A-Rod went to the same German doctor that Kobe Bryant went to this past summer to get that shady blood-platelet-transfer surgery (where now Kobe's leading the league in minutes and points in this shortened season at age 33.) Could be a bounce back year for him is my guess.


Ten bodies either nursing hurts or on the various Disabled Lists doesn't make for an easy start to this Yankee season.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

Ten bodies either nursing hurts or on the various Disabled Lists doesn't make for an easy start to this Yankee season.


Time to go see Dr. Peter Wehling!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:52 PM

Got to see a few innings of the real Tigers play today in Toledo. Brennan Boesch was killing the ball in batting practice. I mean absolute bombs.

Tomorrow is finally the real deal! JV vs. Lester at Comerica and the debut of the Prince. So stoked for this season -- last year was special, but the hype and potential for this Tigers team is unmatched in my life.

Best time of the year. The Tigers are back and Red Wings in the playoffs. :yahoo:
 
 
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:14 AM

Opening Day is here!

Let's Go Tigers!
 
 
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:07 PM

No more offseason questions, no more spring training roster spots to fill, this is the big dance. Play Ball! JV on the mound and the most daunting 2-6 in baseball, should be a good game.

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