The Cutoff Man: Drew Smyly’s Command, Rotation Rankings, and Mario Impemba’s Chilly Walk

March 22, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the spring training game at Space Coast Stadium. Detroit defeated Washington 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Smyly loses his command, nearly loses control of game on Opening Day – Rob Rogacki – Bless You Boys

With temperatures sitting in the 20s during the game — not to mention a stiff breeze at field level — it seems like Smyly’s troubles were mostly weather-related. Given that he retired the first two hitters he faced in short order, it seems like he lost his feel for the baseball after being on the mound for a little while, which would explain the inability to throw any of his pitches for a strike consistently.

Comparing AL Central Starting Rotations – Matt Wallace – Tigers in Words

The argument in discussing the quality of the Tigers’ starting rotation isn’t whether it’s the best in the division. It’s whether it’s the best in the majors. Fangraphs thinks it is. I think it’s good enough that the difference between the Tigers and any team that might have a better rotation doesn’t matter much. That is to say, it’s very good. There have been stretches over the last couple years where Scherzer, Fister and last year in the playoffs, maybe even Sanchez seemed like the best pitcher in the rotation. That’s in a rotation that includes Justin Verlander. That’s special.

Opening Day Part 1 – Mario Impemba – MarioImpemba.com

I usually walk to the ballpark on the road if it’s close enough, and Target Field is within 15 minutes of our hotel.  How cold can it be, I thought?  Besides, this is Opening Day and I wanted to get a feel for what the vibe was like in downtown Minneapolis.

Five minutes into my stroll, I realized I had made a poor choice.  Not only was it barely over 30 degrees outside, but the streets were quiet and no sign of Opening Day excitement existed.

Giving up on Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta would be a mistake – Kurt Mensching – The Detroit News

Peralta will almost certainly be better. Players do decline as they age, but at age 30 he has not entered a period where steep decline typically occurs.

Besides that, he appears to be in better shape. Reports earlier this spring suggested Peralta spent added time on conditioning in the offseason and entered spring training at 218 pounds, down from the 236 he weighed at the end of 2012.

Ten players in minors who will play for Detroit Tigers at some point during 2013 season – Chris Iott – MLive

Danny Worth, INF: If ever there is a light rail line connecting Toledo and Detroit it should be named after Worth. Injured middle infielder? Call up Worth. Random player goes on paternity leave? Call up Worth. Utility player on the disabled list? You get the idea. The good news for Worth: He will be out of options after this season, which means the Tigers will have to keep him on the roster in 2014 or risk losing him.

 

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