Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 11:33 p.m. UTC Jun 24, 2018 CLEVELAND — It was going to happen eventually and when it did, it happened spectacularly, with little mercy, as the Detroit Tigers went from the highest point of their season to the lowest point in a week’s time. They arrived in Ohio last Sunday night on a five-game winning streak, a balloon of scrappy and gritty hot air which somehow, nearly three months into the season, was still floating near the .500 mark. But by the time they left Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon, thoroughly shellacked once again by the Cleveland Indians inside their house of horrors, that balloon had whizzed back to earth. Sitting by its lonesome on a couch inside the visitor’s clubhouse after a 12-2 loss, the “rally goose,” perhaps for the first time questioning its ability, had no answers. Neither did the Tigers, most of whom haven’t been around long enough to sum up the situation as … [Read more...] about After embarrassing week, Detroit Tigers to have mental toughness tested
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Things didn't go well Sunday for the Detroit Tigers when they decided to take the bat out of Jose Ramirez's hands. Things didn't go too well when they left the bat in his hands, either. Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire elected to walk Ramirez and load the bases for Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the eighth inning. One could hardly blame Gardenhire, as Ramirez had already collected three hits, including his major league-leading 23rd homer in the sixth. But Encarnacion made the decision hurt, slugging a grand slam over the right field fence to highlight a 12-2 Indians victory at Progressive Field. Indians manager Terry Francona said when Encarnacion starts swinging the bat like that, it makes opposing managers think twice about their strategy. "When they pitch around somebody, you love to see it hurt the other team," Francona said. "You can tell Edwin was really bearing down there." It was the final contest of a nine-game homestand that saw the Tribe … [Read more...] about Cleveland Indians slam Detroit Tigers with four home runs in 12-2 victory
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 7:47 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 The Detroit Tigers lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ballpark. Ace right-hander Michael Fulmer once again stumbled in the sixth inning: Fulmer was lights-out for five innings before back-to-back home runs squandered the lead. Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum hit solo home runs for the Tigers. The bullpen limited damage but allowed an add-on run. Offensively, the Tigers are struggling. They are 36-39. Starting off: Fulmer looked perhaps the best he has all season. His fastball velocity was up a couple of ticks, sitting in the upper-90 m.p.h. range and occasionally hitting 99 m.p.h., according to the stadium radar gun. He was filthy through five innings, with the Reds looking like they did not stand a chance. But in the sixth, he allowed a double and then, after retiring Joey Votto on a strikeout, came within one pitch of getting out of the inning. Two hanging sliders … [Read more...] about Michael Fulmer stumbles as Detroit Tigers lose to Cincinnati Reds, 5-3
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 4:30 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 CINCINNATI – A few housekeeping notes before we open up this week’s Free Press Detroit Tigers mailbag. … • Drew VerHagen was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday morning with a broken nose. VerHagen was hit square in the nose with a double-play relay throw in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the Reds. Manager Ron Gardenhire said VerHagen said he lost the throw from Jose Iglesias – which likely came in at upwards of at least 85 mph – in the lights. He walked off the field with a bloody – and fractured – nose. Doctors “re-set” VerHagen’s nose, Gardenhire said. • There was a lot of hubbub surrounding this two-game set with the Reds over the fact the Tigers could have reached the .500 mark on the season. This is precisely the reason why any notion of “buying” at the trade deadline is fictitious: The … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will they buy or sell at trade deadline?
Jamie Samuelsen Special to Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. Is there one player from the Detroit Tigers that has been the biggest surprise for you this season, good or bad? The Tigers are one of the most surprising teams in baseball this year. They’re one of the most surprising teams in recent Detroit sports history. When you accomplish something like that, you have to figure that you’re getting a lot of surprise performances and most of them are of the positive variety. When you go through the Tigers' roster, only a handful of players are having disappointing seasons. Miguel Cabrera is an obvious one, with his season now over with a ruptured bicep muscle. … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers: Blaine Hardy, Leonys Martin among biggest surprises