Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer’s SI Cover, Phil Coke’s Role, and J.D. Martinez’s Bat


Oct 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke (40) comes into pitch during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Ausmus discusses role of relief pitcher Phil Coke moving forward – Chris Iott – MLive

"“Ideally, you want him to pitch where he can be successful. I think against a lefty is probably your best option. But there are stretches where the situation doesn’t arise for him to pitch in the optimal situation, and you just have to get him in there. You just can’t not use him.”"

I mean, you cant just give up 100 runs every time you put him in either.

J.D. Martinez slugs his way into HR-lacking lineup – John Lowe – Free Press

"Martinez got called up this week because of a different percentage. It was his impressive percentage of home runs at Triple-A Toledo: 10 in 65 at-bats. The Tigers hope he can add some sock; they ranked 12th in the American League in homers entering Tuesday."

If you’re counting on J.D. Martinez to hit (m)any home runs with the Tigers, prepare to be disappointed. Probably.

Detroit ace Max Scherzer is the cover star for the April 28 issue of Sports Illustrated –

"Why would a man turn down $144 million at the peak of his career? That’s the question Albert Chen asked Max Scherzer, who rejected a lucrative multi-year extension offer from the Detroit Tigers before the start of the season. The defending Cy Young winner, who broke out in 2012, is placing a big bet on himself that, as good as he was last year, he can be even better in 2014 and beyond."

Always fun to see one of “our guys” on the cover of SI.

Makeup Date Announced For Postponed April 15 Tigers Game – Ashley Dunkak – CBS Detroit

"The postponed April 15 game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians has been rescheduled for July 19, when fans who purchased tickets to that April 15 game can attend the first game of a split doubleheader."

Day/night doubleheader with games at 1 PM and 7 PM.