The 2013 Season In Inside Home Runs – Jeff Sullivan – FanGraphs
The three most inside pitches hit for home runs in 2013 were all slugged by Miguel Cabrera, and while you might think that means pitchers can try to pitch him away instead, no, don’t bother, he destroys those pitches too, he destroys everything. He’s a destroyer.
Jeff Sullivan investigates home runs off pitches that were thrown inside to hitters and discovers that Miguel Cabrera belted each of the three most extreme examples of this. It used to be that pitchers could have success by busting him inside, but now Cabrera busts those pitches out of the park.
Performance bonuses could boost Tigers’ fortunes – Patrick OKennedy – Bless You Boys
The Tigers would love nothing more than for Avila’s option to vest. If Avila can make the All Star team as he did in 2011, or if he’s one of the league’s best hitting catchers, he’d be a bargain at that salary. There are a number of other Tiger players who have performance bonuses written into their contracts for the 2014 season, and the Tigers would be very happy to have to pay them.
Patrick details eight Tigers who have the potential to earn extra money based on option years, performance bonuses, and the like.
Five remaining free agents the Tigers might consider – Tony Paul – Detroit News
Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers president and general manager, always refuses to rule out further tweaking, always leaving open the possibility for something to “come out of the blue.”
Well, there just might be that something over the next 10 days, considering several intriguing free agents remain unsigned, many the victims of the unfair qualifying-offer system that forces teams to part with prime draft picks in order to sign what, in many cases, only are marginal free agents.
No on Nelson Cruz, no on Ervin Santana, probably not on Fernando Rodney, possibly on Luis Ayala, and probably not on Oliver Perez.
Which Players Were Best at Advancing Runners in 2013? – Lee Panas – Tiger Tales
The American League leader was Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder with 215. Does it seem like Fielder was the best in the league at advancing runners last year? If it doesn’t feel that way to you, there’s a reason for it. Table 3 tells us that Fielder also failed to advance a league-leading 321 base runners.
Fielder came up to bat with a lot of runners on base. A lot of them advanced, but a lot of them also were not advanced. Lee provides the details.