OT: Tigers' playoff rotation set

OT: Tigers' playoff rotation set

Submitted by Moleskyn on October 5th, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Per the Tigers' official Twitter feed, via BYB, the Tigers have set their playoff rotation:

Game 1: JV
Game 2: Fister
Game 3: Sanchez
Game 4: Scherzer
Game 5: JV (if necessary)

That's a scary rotation, if you ask me. If our offense wakes up, we could make a very solid run. Speaking of the offense though, I haven't heard anything about Martinez possibly joining the team. Earlier in the season, I thought the word was that he would be good to go for a postseason run, as long as we made it. But I haven't heard anything about his status for a while, which makes me think he's not going to play at all.

How are you feeling about our series against the A's?


U-M baseball recruiting update, with a trio of hellos

U-M baseball recruiting update, with a trio of hellos

Submitted by Raoul on October 4th, 2012 at 5:28 PM

When Erik Bakich made an appearance on WTKA a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned having a total of 12 commits for 2013. Here's a link to the podcast and an embed:

These 12 include several who have been noted here with Hello posts, including Jackson Lamb, Johnny Slater, Nick KowalczukKeith Lehmann, Hector Gutierrez, and Trey Miller, as well as some earlier committed prospects such as Brett Adcock, T.J. Shook, and Harrison Wenson (listed in Michigan Baseball Prospects' 2013 rankings). (Adcock was the subject of this recent Prep Baseball Report interview.) Another 2013 Michigan commit is Carmen Benedetti, although he's not listed as such in his Perfect Game profile.

Here's one of the other 2013 verbals, who committed in mid-September:

Hello: Ramsey Romano

Romano is a 6-3, 185-lb shortstop out of Valhalla H.S. (El Cajon, CA). Here's his Perfect Game profile. Romano is also the QB on his school's football team, and there's now some speculation about him possibly switching to football at the college level:

Today, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior is the section’s leading passer, having thrown for 1,571 yards in five games, nearly 400 yards more than the No. 2 quarterback.....

He has already committed to play shortstop for the University of Michigan’s baseball team. That may change, though, as colleges study tape of his breakout football season.

“If something for football were to come up, I would obviously have to consider it, talk to my parents and make the best decision,” he said.

In addion to the long-committed Brandon Hughes (PG profile; Hughes is ranked #5 in the state of Michigan by both PBR and MBP), two more 2014 commitments have since come to light:

Hello: Drew Lugbauer

Lugbauer, according to his PG profile, is a 6-3, 190-lb. catcher from Arlington H.S. in Pleasant Valley, New York. Couldn't find much else about him.

Hello: Jake Bivens

Bivens, who just committed yesterday, is a 6-0, 175-lb. middle infielder from Battle Creek Lakeview H.S. He's ranked #7 in the state by PBR and #9 by MBP. Here's his PG profile and his PBR profile. PBR has this scouting report:

Battle Creek Lakeview HS, SS/2B, Class of 2014: Bivens is one of the top players in the Class of 2014 who has the ability to pick it in the middle infield. The 6-foot, 175-pound agile athlete displays smooth hands, superior glove actions and demonstrates the ability to turn two on either side of the bag.  Bivens lateral ability is a plus which assists to define him as one of the top middle infielders in his class.  At the plate, Bivens swings it from the left side. He has a balanced neutral stance and takes quality approaches allowing him to spray the field. Running home to first on a bunt Bivens is a speedy 3.8 and averages 4.1.

This PBR item also indicated the other schools he considered:

Bivens was a Midwest Futures Games participant and has seen his stock continue to rise.  After taking visits to Michigan, Michigan State, and Wake Forrest, Bivens decided to stay close to home and attend Michigan.

PBR also did an interview with Bivens back in May, and in July they had this to say about him as part of a rundown of in-state middle infielders:

Bivens is another strong middle infielder in the state of Michigan. He has flown under the radar but Bivens has good upside. Bivens is one of the premier middle infielders in his class. He runs well (6.73 60-yard dash) and uses his athleticism at short to display some smooth footwork. He was 78 MPH across the diamond but that is sure to improve over time. At the plate, Bivens has excellent balance with gap to gap power. He consistently displayed pop to the opposite field and showed a "get-on-base" approach.

Just a final note: Bakich is also off to a good start on the 2015 class with the previously noted commitment of Charlie Donovan, ranked #2 in Illinois according to PBR.

Update on Donovan: PBR released new rankings for the Illinois class of 2015 and have bumped Donovan up to the #1 position.

OT: Cabrera Triple Crown watch

OT: Cabrera Triple Crown watch

Submitted by MGlobules on October 3rd, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Miguel Cabrera is officially in the lineup for tonight's game against KC:


Looks like the start time is 8:10:


Hopeful signs: Cabrera is at .331, Trout seven points back. Hamilton needs two homers to tie Cabrera. Both players will have wrapped up their games before the Tigers commence play, so we will know where we stand. 

Do your commenting, hopefully celebrating, here. Updates, shifting percentages and tallies all appreciated, since I will be wrapped up with an eight-year-old who likes to go to bed at midnight, only looking in from time to time.

OT: Tigers-KC Open Thread/Where To Watch

OT: Tigers-KC Open Thread/Where To Watch

Submitted by MGlobules on September 26th, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Started this thread to find a link to the game, thought I would remake it as an open thread in case anyone has observations, though the game is 2/3 over. Tied at four, middle of the seventh inning, watch here: 


Or here:


If anyone knows where a radio feed can be found, would love to know for future reference.

OT: MNF open thread

OT: MNF open thread

Submitted by Moleskyn on September 17th, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Broncos and Falcons, in the ATL.

10-0 Falcons early. Peyton's thrown 3 picks in the first quarter.

I need 18 points from Matt Ryan/Julio Jones to win my fantasy matchup, so I'm hoping they do that and ease the pain of the Tigers' loss from earlier today.

Who are you pulling for tonight?

Betting Line favors Sox over Tigers tonight

Betting Line favors Sox over Tigers tonight

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 11th, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The betting line slightly favors the White Sox over the Tigers tonight, with Fister (8-8) scheduled to pitch versus Peavy (10-10.) Dunn is still out with a strained oblique.

I could see this going either way, but the mood in Chicago is to go for the kill by winning tonight.

Do the Tigers still have some fight, or are they dead men walking?

Predictions on Tigers - White Sox Series, & Central Division Finish

Predictions on Tigers - White Sox Series, & Central Division Finish

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 10th, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I don't know if this qualifies as a "snowflake" post. If so, I'm fine with Bisbino sending the post over to oblivion in the moderator action board. Nonetheless, I'm curious what Tiger's fans are predicting for the 4 game series with the Sox beginning today, and also what they predict for the Central Division. As a Sox' fan, I watched them wither away to the Tigers last year. I pretty much expected the same thing this year, but have been pleasantly surprised by how well the White Sox have done.

Here's what I like about the Sox.

  • Young pitching. Sales came out of seemingly nowhere, Quintana has been good, and Reed isn't a bad closer.
  • Comeback years. With Dunn and Rios hitting so much better than last year, it has made a huge difference in the lineup.
  • Defense. The Sox have been a very good fielding team this year.
  • Management. The biggest difference has been Ventura instead of Guillen.

However, I have no confidence in the Sox finishing out the season well. The Tigers have had the White Sox number this year. The only thing helping is that the Sox don't play any more games in Detroit, and they have a two game lead.

Tonight is critical. If the Sox can win with Quintana to get a 3 game lead, and either Peavy or Sales can win, I like the Sox' chances. What do you predict for the Tigers?

I'll predict that they win tonight, split the series, and the Sox end the season one game up over the Tigers.

Hello: Charlie Donovan (baseball)

Hello: Charlie Donovan (baseball)

Submitted by Raoul on August 30th, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Erik Bakich keeps reeling 'em in. And he has his first 2015 commit: Charlie Donovan, ranked #2 in the state of Illinois' 2015 class according to Prep Baseball Report:

IL: The first 2015 prospect is off the board, as SS Charlie Donovan (Westmont HS) commits to Michigan. Donovan is ranked No. 2 in Illinois.

— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) August 30, 2012

Westmont is a western suburb of Chicago.

Here's about all the scouting-type info I could find on Donovan (from a PBR item from April 2012):

Charlie Donovan, Westmont HS, Class of 2015 came in for relief and might be one of the best freshmen in the state.  The 6-fooot, 160-pound RHP/SS ran his fastball up to 83 mph and features a 69 mph breaking ball with tight spin and sharp break.

His travel team, Gravel Baseball, recently won the 15u Perfect Game World Series, with Donovan leading his team with 10 RBI during the tournament.

Original caption: Westmont's Charlie Donovan shifts from shortstop to pitch in relief in the Sentinels home game with Lisle on Monday, April 23, 2012 (photo source).