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  1. Tigers' offense finally delivers in clutch

    David Schoenfield

    For all the consternation over Jose Valverde, part of the Detroit Tigers' late-inning woes has been the failure of the offense to deliver big hits late in close games. So when Victor Martinez walked leading off the bottom of the ninth Thur...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  2. Tigers want Alex Avila to swing more often

    David Schoenfield

    From the Detroit News: But it's been quite interesting this spring and offseason, as Jim Leyland repeatedly has said he thinks (Alex) Avila can be a bit too selective at the plate. So, your response, Alex? "I just don't swing at balls out of t...

    Blog | March 11, 2013
  3. Offseason report card: Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    2012 in review Record: 88-74 (88-74 Pythagorean) 726 runs scored (6th in American League) 670 runs allowed (5th in AL) Big Offseason Moves Re-signed Anibal Sanchez. Signed Torii Hunter. Lost Jose Valverde and Delmon Young. It has been a rel...

    Blog | February 01, 2013
  4. Valverde, Tigers suffer frustrating loss

    David Schoenfield

    Here's the thing about closers: If they were better pitchers, they'd be starters. Here's another thing: They're often inconsistent from week to week and month to month, let alone season to season. Here's one more thing: Even Mariano Rivera isn'...

    Blog | September 16, 2012
  5. Indians as good as overrated Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    OK, I'll give you Justin Verlander. I'll even give you Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson. But five through 25? I think I'll take the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers. The Indians beat the Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday, even ...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  6. Trouble in Motown: Tigers no sure thing

    David Schoenfield

    Sometimes the analysis is pretty easy. The Detroit Tigers' lineup on Sunday featured 31-year-old minor league veteran Brad Eldred, who last played regularly in the majors in 2005, hitting fifth. He was followed by Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago, Gera...

    Blog | April 29, 2012
  7. Catching talent at highest level in years

    David Schoenfield

    Are we in a golden age for catchers? In the wake of the Carlos Santana contract extension, there was some debate on where he ranks among the game's elite backstops. My colleague Eric Karabell called him the best catcher in the game. I'm not sure S...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  8. Avila shows he's third weapon for Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    It would be easy to pile on the Boston Red Sox right now. Rip apart the bullpen. Mock all those who said Jonathan Papelbon wasn't worth $50 million. Make fun of Bobby Valentine or Red Sox Nation already being thrown into a fit of worry. Or just sugge...

    Blog | April 08, 2012
  9. AL Central showdown: Position rankings

    David Schoenfield

    We're back with more divisional position rankings for 2012. You can scream, you can holler, you can protest and call me names. But just because I rated your player lower than you think he deserves doesn't mean I hate your team. (Here are the NL Ea...

    Blog | January 26, 2012
  10. AL Central: Three fixes for each team

    David Schoenfield

    The American League Central may have a reputation as baseball's skinflint division, but such is not the case: The White Sox, Twins and Tigers each had payrolls over $100 million in 2011 and ranked in the top 10 of highest-salaried ballclubs. The p...

    Blog | December 01, 2011
  11. AL MVP race a five-way battle

    David Schoenfield

    Justin Verlander is hoping to become the first pitcher to win the MVP Award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992, and the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986. Jacoby Ellsbury is hoping to win the MVP Award despite the late-season collapse of...

    Blog | November 20, 2011
  12. Don Kelly hits second and Game 5 thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    Five thoughts before tonight's awesome Game 5: 1. Everybody seems to be giving Ivan Nova the big edge over Doug Fister in the pitching matchup, which I don't necessarily understand. Well, I do understand why; In his Game 1 relief appearance/start,...

    Blog | October 06, 2011
  13. The SweetSpot American League All-Stars

    David Schoenfield

    We have a few days in the regular season, but before we got caught up in the final hours of the wild-card races and playoff previews, here's my 2011 SweetSpot American League All-Star team. Catcher: Alex Avila, Tigers (.295/.388/.509, 19 HR, 78 RB...

    Blog | September 26, 2011
  14. How Jim Leyland is hurting the Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    Wednesday night's Tigers lineup, including each player's on-base percentage. Andy Dirks, .301 Brennan Boesch, .346 Delmon Young, .309 Miguel Cabrera, .427 Victor Martinez, .375 Alex Avila, .391 Jhonny Peralta, .356 You can use whatever me...

    Blog | August 18, 2011
  15. No more bad-mouthing Brennan Boesch

    David Schoenfield

    Sabermetricians are not big fans of Brennan Boesch, with a full host of reasons. He doesn't walk enough. He doesn't have enough power for a corner outfielder. He's not a very good defensive player. He doesn't exactly run like Austin Jackson. He just ...

    Blog | June 09, 2011
  16. Your June 7 American League All-Stars

    David Schoenfield

    We did the NL All-Stars earlier. Here's my AL All-Star nominations as of June 7. Catcher: Alex Avila, Tigers. Wow, the state of American League catching right now is ... well, it's up and coming. Some nice young catchers. I still expect Carlos San...

    Blog | June 07, 2011