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  1. Tigers pull it off, like you knew they would

    Christina Kahrl

    You can sort of feel sorry for the Detroit Tigers, even as they clinched their fourth straight AL Central title, because this one might have been their hardest-fought yet. But for all the expectations, they've never truly had it easy. That's becau...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  2. Royals botching both little, big things

    Christina Kahrl

    Ultimately, you place responsibility for a team's success or failure on its players. But a manager's job is to put his players in the best position to succeed, and after the Royals lost a second straight game to the Tigers in their weekend showdown s...

    Blog | September 20, 2014
  3. Tigers conjure up roster to win it all with

    Christina Kahrl

    We've all heard this one before, right? Justin Verlander wins a big game against AL Central challenger in September. It's like the Detroit Tigers have a script to follow: Come into the season the overwhelming favorite to win the AL Central, something...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  4. Indians rise to AL stealth contender status

    Christina Kahrl

    Despite Sunday night's rain-delayed outcome, one thing has become clear in the AL Central race: The Cleveland Indians are cutting in on a dance many might have anticipated just the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers were invited to. You might have...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  5. Tigers' injuries narrow AL Central race

    Christina Kahrl

    If you went by star power and expectations alone, the Detroit Tigers were supposed to have long since sewed up the AL Central. But much as they had trouble fending off the Cleveland Indians last year, this year it looks as if events will conspire to ...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  6. Tigers picking 'who' and 'I don't know' at SS

    Christina Kahrl

    With apologies to Abbott and Costello, it might seem as if that's where the Tigers are at shortstop after they cut loose Alex Gonzalez. Faster than you can say Chris Pittaro, Gonzalez has gone from Opening Day hero -- having plated the game winner on...

    Blog | April 20, 2014
  7. Porcello plus iffy infield could be trouble

    Christina Kahrl

    When the Tigers take the field Saturday, it might provide a fascinating test case for a couple of the propositions that -- if not as important as Miggy being Miggy or the front three in the rotation doing their thing -- could be the difference betwe...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  8. Miguel Cabrera's absolutely huge deal

    Christina Kahrl

    Three hundred million dollars for Miguel Cabrera? I don't think Dr. Evil ransomed the entire world for that much in the last "Austin Powers" sequel. OK, the deal is reportedly for something less than $300 million, but that's still epic. There are a f...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  9. Throwing Ian Kinsler a pity party

    Christina Kahrl

    So, Ian Kinsler isn't happy that he was traded from Texas. And say what he will, for his sake you can hope it motivates him to bigger and better things with the Tigers. While it might strike you or me as a little strange -- the path to the postseason...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  10. Why Porcello won't break out big

    Christina Kahrl

    So it's that time of year, isn't it? Because if you've been hanging in there for a while, there hasn't been a year yet when we haven't seen predictions from my fellow statheads that Rick Porcello is going to turn the corner. And as Mike Petriello poi...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  11. Chess match: Tigers versus A's

    Christina Kahrl

    Our final look at the managers ... Detroit Tigers versus Oakland Athletics What Jim Leyland likes to do: While the Tigers stole the fewest bases in baseball, barely averaging an attempt every three games, Leyland has been exceptionally aggressi...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  12. Does AL MVP race have an easy answer?

    Christina Kahrl

    Another day provided another chance to see what the likely leaders in the American League Most Valuable Player race were up to. Miguel Cabrera homered. Chris Davis homered. And Mike Trout, the guy you'd prefer to pick if you were starting your team t...

    Blog | August 18, 2013
  13. Justin Verlander's rebound should inspire

    Christina Kahrl

    Taking the bump in Toronto on Thursday for the first time since his second career no-hitter, in May 2011, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was dealing. Dealing from the mound, certainly, but also dealing with expectations that might handic...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  14. WARfare, 2013 style

    Christina Kahrl

    With the season roughly halfway over, I thought it would be a good idea to dig into the numbers to see what WAR (wins above replacement) is telling us. I'll start with a man who has been at the center of a lot of WAR talk in the last year. 1. Migu...

    Blog | June 29, 2013
  15. Takes a Tribe to grind down Verlander

    Christina Kahrl

    Say you're the Cleveland Indians. You've been one of baseball's hottest teams, but you're in Detroit against the defending pennant winners, you got routed in the first game of the series, and you're facing Justin Verlander, who's still on top...

    Blog | May 12, 2013
  16. A's vs. Tigers equals instant impact rivalry

    Christina Kahrl

    Where do rivalries come from? Are they invented, or do they spring from the game itself? Twenty years later, I remember a comment Baseball Prospectus founder Gary Huckabay made on the subject, that rivalries don't come from the game's history but fro...

    Blog | April 14, 2013