Detroit Tigers Links: Cleveland ownership, Price frustrated, home struggles


Why do Detroit Tigers still own Cleveland Indians? – Paul Hoynes,

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"The Tigers usually beat the Indians in all phases of the game. Last week the Indians pitched with them, but couldn’t keep pace with the offense of Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez. (As an aside, don’t you get the feeling that Victor Martinez delights in tormenting his old club?)"

Tigers’ fans were freaking out early this year when the Indians were dominating the season series. During the Tigers recent string of success this has seemingly been the case (except for last year’s 15-4 aberration) where Cleveland has success early in the year against Detroit, but when they need wins late in the year when it counts, they cannot get it done.

Detroit Tigers’ David Price seeking more consistency, frustrated by bad starts – Ansar Khan, MLive

"Price (13-11) held the Giants to one run on four hits after the first inning – a throwing error by Eugenio Suarez with two out in the ninth prevented him from getting a complete game. But he dropped to 2-3 as a Tiger because of his struggles in the first – which began with two outs.“They’ve been playing good baseball of late, and you can’t spot somebody four runs in the first inning, before their pitcher even has to throw a pitch,” Price said. “It makes it tough on your team.”"

David Price has been decent with the Tigers. His problem is two-fold. “Decent” was not what the Tigers were trading for and Drew Smyly continues to be unbelievably sharp in Tampa Bay. Price did do well to settle down and give the Tigers a chance in Saturday’s game, however heading into that game, San Francisco was 55-17 when scoring first so a good beginning  was urgently needed and he couldn’t provide it.

Detroit Tigers Continue To Encounter Tough Luck At Home – Brad Faber, Rant Sports

"The Tigers do have a winning record of 35-32 at Comerica Park, but they have played better on the road, posting a record of 42-33 away from home. Furthermore, it is important to note that the Tigers, who have won the last three AL Central crowns, dominated at home in each of the past three seasons, going 50-31 in both 2011 and 2012, and then posting a record of 51-30 at Comerica last year. One does not have to be a math whiz to see that the Tigers have now lost more games at home than they did in each of the past three seasons, and there is still three weeks of baseball left to play."

It boggles the mind why the Tigers are so inconsistent and downright average at home. If this were a team that played their home games in front of an empty stadium like many other cities, it would be understandable, but playing in front of a full house every night and coming up short often? Makes no sense.