Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez out of cleanup and other notes
Here at The Corner, we round up Detroit Tigers news and rumors around the Tigers blogosphere so that you don’t spend hours surfing the web searching.
Over the weekend, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez lost his cleanup spot to Jeimer Candelario. V-Mart hasn’t been hitting for power lately and Candelario has been red-hot. Anthony Fenech writes it made sense for Gardenhire to make the move. Fenech also has some other observations worth reading on Mike Fiers.
Also at the Free Press, five Detroit Tigers numbers you need to know this week. Including the number of home runs Candelario has hit since returning from the disabled list. FanGraphs has a new prospect list out and our friends over at SB Nation’s Bless You boys notes that five Tigers prospects made the list. Including number one overall pick Casey Mize.
With the trade deadline looming, Kurt Mensching thinks that the Tigers should cash in on Jose Iglesias‘s hot streak. Menshching points out that since May 1st the Tigers shortstop has been heating up and the Tigers should sell while he’s hot. Especially given that he’s in his last year before free agency.
Over at the Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski writes that the Tigers have been fun to watch so far but the reality of playing bad is right around the corner. For now, the Tigers and Tigers fans should enjoy the rally goose and all the strange fun times it’s bringing to Comerica Park.
The Detroit Tigers third round pick, Kody Clemens, has been playing in the NCCA Road To Omaha. This weekend he had a super regional and as the Free Press points out-he was bombing home runs.
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To finish out the day, several posts over at the Athletic. Up first, Kurt Mensching writes that the Tigers finally have a lockdown reliever in Joe Jimenez. The Tigers have had infamous bullpen issues in the past. Max Bultman breaks down the impacts of the 2018 draft on the Tigers future. Finally, the Athletics MLB Power Rankings. The Tigers find themselves in 18th, up one spot from last week.