Here’s why postponing Indians-Tigers could lead to MLB playoff chaos

X WATCH & READ MLB Power Rankings (9/28) 3:13 Loading Thursday’s scheduled tilt between the Indians and Tigers in Detroit has been postponed because of rain. If necessary, the two teams will make up that game on Monday — the day after everyone else has completed regular season play. While the game doesn’t matter all that much to the Indians, who have already wrapped up the AL Central, it’s potentially a critical one for the Tigers. The Tigers entered play on Thursday only one game behind the Orioles for the second AL wild-card berth and, at two games back […]

Key Indians-Tigers finale delayed by rain

Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers won a rain-shortened game against the Indians on Wednesday night, and inclement weather continued through Thursday. (Hannah Foslien/Getty) DETROIT — The Tigers and Indians spent Thursday afternoon waiting through relentless rain for a chance to get in their series finale at Comerica Park, with postseason spots and seeding in the balance. The first pitch was scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET, but the combination of ongoing rain and flooding downtown quickly rendered that a non-option. Several Tigers players were still driving downtown as of late Thursday morning, with many of the freeways closed near downtown. […]

Postseason within reach, Fulmer shows team-first attitude

Michael Fulmer eludes a bases-loaded jam after he gets Coco Crisp to ground out to second to end the top of the 3rd And he welcomes that. So there he was on Wednesday, the last player remaining in the Tigers’ clubhouse once Detroit won, 6-3 , in a five-inning, rain-shortened victory against the Indians that allowed them to remain a game back of the Orioles in the battle for the second American League Wild Card spot. The night had the potential of some personal milestones, all of which got washed away. But Fulmer wasn’t complaining. He came into the […]

Fulmer frustrated he couldn’t give Tigers more

Michael Fulmer eludes a bases-loaded jam after he gets Coco Crisp to ground out to second to end the top of the 3rd DETROIT — Michael Fulmer rarely if ever shows signs of frustration while he’s pitching. It probably helps that his rookie season has left little reason to be frustrated. Yet, as he walked into the Tigers’ dugout in the fourth inning Wednesday night, having been chased from his final scheduled regular-season start, he saved his flash of emotion, slamming his glove on the bench. It wasn’t about the innings he needed for an American League ERA title, […]

Hydropower: Miggy blasts HR in downpour

Miguel Cabrera belts a go-ahead three-run home run to right field to make the score 6-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning DETROIT — Moments after thunder rumbled at Comerica Park, Miguel Cabrera brought some thunder of his own with a three-run home run to right field to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead over the Indians. It turned out to be the game-winning home run , as the game entered its second rain delay minutes later, ultimately getting called off after a stoppage of one hour and 12 minutes. Though it appeared to be an important moment […]

Tigers’ lineup finally back at full strength

In his first at-bat back from the disabled list, Nick Castellanos rips a ground-rule double down the left-field line in the 8th inning DETROIT — The lineup card posted on the door of the Tigers’ clubhouse on Wednesday looked unusual. Separately, the names looked familiar. They just hadn’t been seen together in order in a while. With Nick Castellanos ‘ return to the starting lineup at third base, the Tigers were finally back at full strength with their regular position players. Manager Brad Ausmus wrote out a starting lineup with his regulars for just the 11th time this season, […]

Large home outfield swallowing up best Tigers hits

Jake Marisnick makes another long running catch, taking extra bases away from Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the 6th inning Last week, we here at the Statcast™ lab introduced a metric called " barrels ," which looks at a combination of exit velocity and launch angle to find the highest-value batted balls. You should read the entire introduction to it here , but the short version is that it’s the type of batted ball that has a minimum of a .500 batting average and a 1.500 slugging percentage. Put together, the average of all "barrels" are above .800 […]

Zimmermann to start opener of final series

In his second career relief appearance, Jordan Zimmermann strikes Cheslor Cuthbert out and follows that up by striking out Raul Mondesi DETROIT — The Tigers’ starting rotation is taking shape for the final series of the regular season against the Braves at Turner Field. Jordan Zimmermann will start the series opener Friday, while Justin Verlander is scheduled to start the regular-season finale on Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus said. Saturday’s starter is still undetermined, but Ausmus said it will be either Buck Farmer or Matt Boyd . While that is the plan, Ausmus said all hands are on deck and […]

Kluber’s injury (quad strain) could affect his postseason

View photosMore Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4 in a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The Indians clinched the AL Central. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT (AP) — Cleveland’s most pressing concern was the health of its ace. Tuesday’s 12-0 loss to Detroit was just another game. Corey Kluber has a mild quadriceps strain, which could force the AL Central champions to delay his first playoff start. It’s another blow for the Indians, who already were missing starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. ”It’s obviously not the best possible news, but it is […]

Tigers rout Cleveland 12-0, pull within 1 game of wild card

View photosMore Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander waves to the crowd after being removed during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs in the first two innings, and Justin Verlander struck out 12 to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-0 victory Tuesday night against a Cleveland lineup full of backups. The Indians clinched the AL Central title on Monday night in Detroit, and their starting lineup Tuesday was without Jason Kipnis , […]