High heat: Tigers collecting high-spin, high-fastball arms

Justin Verlander strikes out 10 and holds the Phillies to three hits over eight scoreless innings The Tigers, it appears, have a type. It’s just that before 2015, we couldn’t really have known about it. Let’s go back to the first season of Statcast™ and look at the starting pitchers who had the highest four-seam fastball spin rates. Something might stand out: Four-seam fastball spin leaders, 2015 (minimum 800 pitches, 89 qualifiers) 1. Max Scherzer — 2,498 rpm 2. Garrett Richards — 2,496 rpm 3. Justin Verlander — 2,493 rpm 4. Rick Porcello — 2,480 rpm 5. Jeff Samardzija […]

Verlander deals until Halos bust through in 8th

Andrew Romine breaks up Jhoulys Chacin’s no-hitter with a single to left field in the top of the 6th inning Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander nearly matched Chacin pitch-for-pitch, not surrendering his first baserunner until the fifth and striking out seven. He gave up the game’s first run in the eighth, as Cliff Pennington ‘s RBI single to left started a five-run inning to power the Angels to a win. MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Chacin Control: Chacin was dominant against the Tigers, duking it out with Verlander and retiring the first 17 hitters of the game before Andrew Romine ‘s two-out […]

Kinsler’s rare ‘E’ turning point in Tigers’ loss

Ian Kinsler cannot make the play on Yonder Alonso’s grounder, allowing Danny Valencia to score to put the Athletics on the board Kinsler was unable to field Yonder Alonso ‘s two-out grounder cleanly, allowing the tying run to score. Later in the inning, two more scored on Billy Butler ‘s pinch-hit bloop single, which landed just in front of center fielder Cameron Maybin . All three runs were unearned and cost starter Mike Pelfrey a shot at getting his first win of the season. "Baseball’s a weird game. You can’t lose focus at any moment," Kinsler said. "You lose […]

Lopez, Dahl among top prospect performers Sunday

By Mike Rosenbaum / MLB.com | May 29th, 2016 + 0 COMMENTS Reynaldo Lopez’s ability to miss bats was on display Sunday as the right-hander struck out a career-high 12 hitters over five innings in Double-A Harrisburg’s 2-1 win against Akron. He allowed one earned run on five hits and did not issue a walk for the first time in nine starts for the Senators. The Nationals’ No. 5 prospect struck out the side in the first and third innings and also recorded a pair of two-strikeout innings. Lopez, 22, has fanned 56 hitters in 47 2/3 innings on […]

Pelfrey takes tough-luck loss after error

Victor Martinez grounds a single to left field, scoring Ian Kinsler for his 30th RBI of the season to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead OAKLAND — Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit go-ahead single in the sixth before A’s starter Rich Hill departed with a mild groin strain in Sunday’s 4-2 series-finale win over the Tigers at the Coliseum. Hill left with a trainer after striking out James McCann in the top of the seventh inning, abruptly halting another quality outing, as he struck out nine and left in line for his eighth win of the season. Hill’s departure […]

Anibal starts Tuesday; Zimm could return soon

Anibal Sanchez whiffs Ryan Howard to end the top of the 5th inning, collecting the fifth and final strikeout of his start OAKLAND — Right-hander Anibal Sanchez is tentatively scheduled to start on Tuesday in Anaheim, and Jordan Zimmermann could be back in the rotation by the end of the week. Detroit had been hopeful that Zimmermann would make the start against the Angels and didn’t announce Sanchez as the starter until Sunday morning, a few hours before Zimmermann threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session. According to manager Brad Ausmus, Zimmermann will throw on the side once more […]

Bader among top prospect performers Saturday

Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor bats during an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz., Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) For a player who bypassed the Class A-Advanced level, Harrison Bader hasn’t had any problems adjusting to the advanced competition in Double-A. On Saturday, the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect connected on his third home run in as many games to help fuel Springfield’s four-run eighth inning and eventual come-from-behind win against Frisco. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate and also tallied a double to go along with his 11th home run in 46 games this season. Bader, 21, has […]

Return of V-Mart’s power stroke a welcome sign

Victor Martinez hits a two-run home run to right field in the 6th inning to tie the game OAKLAND — After going three weeks without hitting a home run Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has rediscovered his power stroke. Less than 24 hours after getting hit by a thrown ball that cost Detroit a possible run, Martinez made news for all the right reasons in Saturday’s 12-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Martinez padded his AL-leading road batting average with two hits, including his second homer in seven days, a towering two-run blast to right field that briefly tied […]

Tigers turn page after ‘pen’s rough day vs. A’s

Warwick Saupold retired just one batter during the A’s five-run sixth on Saturday. (AP) OAKLAND — The Tigers’ bullpen played a key role in the team’s run of nine wins in 11 games heading into the weekend. On Saturday it was the catalyst for Detroit’s first loss on its seven-game road trip to the West Coast. Rookie Warwick Saupold gave up five runs and retired just one batter in the sixth, while Alex Wilson surrendered four runs in the seventh, allowing the A’s to break open a tight game and pull away for a 12-3 win . "Rough day […]

Ausmus rejoins Tigers after tending to family

Brad Aumus had left the Tigers to be with his family following his mother’s death. (AP) OAKLAND — About three hours before Saturday’s 12-3 loss to the A’s, Brad Ausmus poked his head into the visiting manager’s office at the Coliseum just as bench coach Gene Lamont was wrapping up a pregame meeting with reporters. "Hey, here’s Ausmus right here," Lamont joked. "Looks like he didn’t find his suitcase either." Ausmus rejoined the Tigers after missing their past two games because of family issues. He left the ballclub Wednesday to be with family following the death of his mother, […]