Tag Archives: Rick Porcello

Notes from a Semi-Regular Tradition

Sunday was my first opportunity to get to the ballpark in 2012, so I grabbed a friend, put on some black and headed to Sox Park for Jackie Robinson Day! I've seen some great baseball on Jackie Robinson Days past, all of which were pitchers duels (my drug of choice), but with a Rick Porcello v. Chris Sale matchup looming, I wasn't expecting much. The pair would end up surprising me, but that wasn't all:
  • This was the FIRST April baseball game in Chicago I have ever attended where a hat, gloves and scarf were not needed. No joke. I was in a t-shirt. Sweating at times.
  • Miggy can play D. I hung two stars on my scorecard for him, including a barehanded grab-and-throw that nailed a speedy Alexei Ramirez at first.
  • I understand the importance of Jackie Robinson Day...
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A four-run second inning help leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

A four run outburst in the second inning leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Delwyn Young's single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. One batter later, Brian Schneider made it a 4-0 Phils' lead as he hits a 3-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Young and Gload. The Tigers would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brennan Boesch hits into a double play, 3-6-3, scoring Miguel Cabrera, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Victor Martinez's single, while wiping out at second base, for the inning's first out, Martinez, who...

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Detroit Tigers: Fantasy Baseball Preview 2011

This is our second installment of team fantasy previews. We did the Red Sox last time and we will be doing the Padres, Reds and Braves in the coming weeks. Today we focus on the Detroit Tigers.


The Detroit Tigers were as mediocre as you can get in 2010, finishing with an 81-81 record which was good for third place in the American League Central.  Miguel Cabrera (.328/.420/.622, 38 HR 126 RBI)  was anything but mediocre, as he carried the offense and almost walked away with the A.L. MVP award.

 General Manager Dave Dombrowski went out this offseason and got some offensive help for Cabrera in the form of free agent catcher Victor Martinez.  Martinez will see most of his time at DH, but will still be eligible at the very thin catcher spot for fantasy owners. Martinez and Cabrera along with Justin Verlander give fantasy owners their three go-to-guys in Tiger uniforms come draft day.  There are...

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Do the Tigers need another starting pitcher?


  • We have to ask this question on a day where the Detroit Tigers traded Dontrelle Willis to the Arizona Diamondbacks. That means that two of the 25 men who made this roster in spring training are either gone, or playing Triple A ball with the Toledo Mud Hens. I speak of course of Scott Sizemore, but more on him in a different post.
  • How confident are Tigers fans in the starting rotation? Myself, not all that much. As of June 1, 2010 the starting rotation looks like this:
  • 1.Justin Verlander
    2.Jeremy Bonderman
    3.Armando Galaragga
    4.Rick Porcello
    5.Max Scherzer
  • Based on their 2010 stats I am only confident in Verlander. So far he is 5-4 with a 3.75 era. Bonderman has been ok with a 2-2 record and a 3.78 ERA. Porcello has suffered a sophomore slump with a 4-5 record and a 5.27 ERA. Galarraga is 1-1...
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    The Filibuster

    Hi Jeff.  You are always saying mean things about the Tigers and making fun of Allen.  They seem to be doing pretty well with all these young guys, though.  Do you think you might have been wrong, even though you always tell us not to hate you 'cuz you're right?

    Quincy, IL

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    While I certainly detest the notion that my impervious and oft-uppity colleague, Mr. Allen Krause, and his infectious worldview have now tainted the minds of my dear family and friends back home in Quincy, IL, please remember have no problem telling you the truth:

    The Tigers still suck.

    They're pretenders.

    Off to a good start...

    Yet destined to fail.

    I think.

    Of course, I have been wrong once or twice...
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    2010 Detroit Tigers Starting Rotation


  • As the 2010 Grapefruit League gets ready to begin, the Detroit Tigers have two big question marks in their starting rotation. Who will be the fourth, and the fifth starting pitcher? It seems Ace Justin Verlander, Sophomore Rick Porcello, and the newly acquired Max Scherzer are locks for the Tigers rotation leaving up to four candidates to fill it out.
  • These five men: Jeremy Bonderman, Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Armando Galarraga, and Phil Coke will do battle this spring to determine the other two starters. Since it seems that the Tigers would like to have one left handed reliever so, either Robertson or Coke will be in the bull pen.
  • For Bonderman, who has battled back for two years from circulatory surgery. If he can prove he is healthy he gets one of the spots. If not he enters the bullpen as the long reliever to start...
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    Verlander, Cabrera part of a bigger plan


  • It is kind of scary to think that in 2012-2013 Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera will eat up nearly a third of the Detroit Tigers payroll. That is assuming of course that the payroll figure stay where it is at around 120 million dollars per year. However this seems to be Tigers General Manger Dave Dombrowski's plan. He intends to build a team around his first baseman and star pitcher, and that means the Tigers are going to have to develop a few position players in their minor league system, and hope their pitching prospects work out.
  • Before we get to that we have to realize for this plan to work, Scott Sizemore is going to have to step up and play a great second base, Ryan Rayburn is going to have to step up and play one of the corner outfield positions, and the Tigers will...
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