Sep 7, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcherJoe Nathan
(left) and starting pitcherDavid Price
(right) watches from the dugout during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Tigers want to be champs, but they’re just not good enough – Kurt Mensching, Detroit News
"A confession: Everything we thought about the Tigers was wrong.We said they would be better at defense; they’re not.We said they’d be better on the basepaths; they’re not.We said the rotation was the game’s best; it’s not.We said they were a great team, and clearly they’re not. Lately they haven’t even looked like a good team.Since the start of June they’ve been an average team.And whatever we may have thought about them in the past, that’s what they are.It’s not too late for them to turn it around, to prove the doubters wrong. But at some point, you have to admit a lot of your assumptions were wrong. We’ve reached that point.We said this would be a fun season. We were wrong."
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Tigers are super frustrating, but don’t turn away yet – Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press
"You don’t want to be here. Most of you made that clear a long time ago.You can’t believe this team — your team — has to fight with the Kansas City Royals for the division you’ve considered yours since the winter.You’ve thrown up your hands a hundred times already this season. I’ve seen it, heard it, certainly read it.You want to turn away now in protest, shut down the television, the radio, anything that might connect to another stranded runner at third, another strikeout, another blown save.In the time of our baseball renaissance, this season is your most exasperating … and it ain’t close. Yes, 2008 was a bummer, after all that winter title talk, and the off-season trade for Miguel Cabrera."
Will the Tigers make the playoffs? – Fielder’sChoice, Bless You Boys
"It’s the second week of September and the Tigers are two games back in the AL Central. You probably didn’t see that coming. It seems like forever since the last time the Tigers weren’t in first place this late in the season, but we actually only have to go back two years to find a similar situation. On September 8, 2012 the Tigers also found themselves two games back, and they would fall to three games behind as late as September 18th before storming back to win the division and the American League. The Tigers did not trail at any point in the Septembers of 2011 or 2013."
MLB: 10 September call ups to watch – Ed Carroll, FanSided
"Raw power is what Moya brings to Detroit. The Tigers were aggressive in promoting Moya this September, and he boasts some of the minor leagues’ most impressive power. There were real questions entering the season if Moya’s hit tool was going to be enough for his power to translate into game power. Moya is a huge human being, standing at 6’6”, 230 lbs., but he has an aggressive approach at the plate and strikes out a ton – 161 strikeouts in 549 plate appearances for AA Erie this year, and this is an improvement from 2013, where he struck out 106 times in 388 plate appearances in Class A, before suffering an injury which required Tommy John surgery."
And just for fun, a link to desktop schedule calendars for the month of September, made by @MonkeyWrench32.