Detroit Tigers notes: Kyle Ryan will start Saturday, plus more – Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press
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"After today’s Tigers 3-2 victory, however, they finally named Saturday’s first starter: Left-hander Kyle Ryan, who has a 3-0 record 1.64 ERA in five starts in Triple-A Toledo after starting the season in Double-A Erie, where he posted a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts. Max Scherzer will start Saturday night."
Detroit Tigers’ Offense Would Have Been Far Worse Without J.D. Martinez – Brad Faber, Rant Sports
"Even with Cabrera and the Martinezs, though, there are still plenty of fans who thought that the Tigers could have used an extra bat at the trading deadline, and there have certainly been occasions this year where the team’s offense has fallen flat. It is tough to imagine what the Tigers’ offense would have looked like without J.D. Martinez in 2014."
Be sure come Christmas, every Tigers fan sends the Houston Astros a Christmas card to express their gratitude for dropping J.D. Mart right into the Tigers’ lap.
Detroit Tigers: Why Joakim Soria Should Be the Closer When Back from the DL – James Duncan, Bleacher Report
"If Soria can continue making progress in his recovery and get healthy, manager Brad Ausmus must install him as Detroit’s closer. As little as six weeks ago he was lights out for Texas and as good as any ninth-inning man in baseball."
Alas, we all know this is not happening. If it was going to happen, it would have happened and it will especially not happen after a rare 1-2-3 inning in Joe Nathan‘s last appearance.