Posts Tagged ‘Tigers’

Justin Verlander, MVP?

September 19, 2011

Yesterday Justin Verlander earned his major league leading 24th Win of the season. With his enormous number of Wins (24), Innings Pitched (244.0) and Strikeouts (244), and his miniscule ERA (2.29), Verlander should be the consensus AL Cy Young and could easily win the Triple Crown. However, are these the only accolades Justin Verlander’s fantastic 2011 campaign deserves? Is Verlander the AL MVP?

It is no question that the playoff bound Detroit Tigers’ Most Valuable Player is Justin Verlander. When Verlander starts, the Tigers are 25-8, a .757 Win-Loss Percentage. That is .224 percentage points higher than the Tigers 64-56 (.533) record in games started by other pitchers. What is even more amazing is Justin Verlander’s shut down performance against the top eight sluggers in the AL (Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Gordon, Ian Kinsler and Howie Kendrick). In 10 startsagainst these sluggers Verlander has only allowed 3 Hits! Check out how Verlander has befuddled the League’s best bats. (Granderson’s, Kinsler’s, Pedroia’s and one of Ellsbury’s hits were against Detroit relieves)

DET Pitching in Verlander's Starts: Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With the Red Sox’s rapidly losing their grip on the Wild Card (eliminating Pedroia, Ellsbury and Gonzalez), the irrelevance of Bautista’s Blue Jays and Curtis Granderson’s low batting average of .268, Justin Verlander is emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate. Does Verlander’s historic and dominant regular season make him the American League’s Most Valuable Player?

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10 Straight For The Tigers

September 13, 2011

Could this be the year of the Tiger? The Detroit Tigers have many things working for them this season: First place in the AL Central, Justin Verlander, and now, a 10 game winning streak. This is the first time that the Tigers have won 10 straight since 1968 when they won 11 in a row. That year also was the year the Tigers won the World Series. Could this be a good sign for the Tigers this season? The Tigers are currently 11.5 games ahead in the AL Central. Take a look at how the potential World Series contender is performing currently.





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How Many Earned Runs will Justin Verlander Allow from September 19 to September 25?

September 12, 2011

Detroit’s Justin Verlander is leading the Majors with 22 wins and 232 strikeouts. The American League Cy Young frontrunner’s 2.44 ERA is tied for the best in the AL. If Verlander can continue his dominance deep into September and lowers his ERA, he should be the first recipient of Baseball’s pitching Triple Crown since the Padres Jake Peavy in 2007. Play the SAP Challenge by using SAP’s Baseball analytics to gain insight on Justin Verlander’s performance this season. Predict how many Earned Runs Justin Verlander will allow when he takes the mound from September 19 to September 25.

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Will The Tigers Clench The AL Central?

September 6, 2011

Yesterday marked the beginning of the final series that the Indians will host their AL Central rival, the Tigers, at Progressive Field. The Indians, who are 6.5 games behind the first place Tigers, have a 5-1 record at home versus the Tigers. Although the Indians have played well during their last few sets, the Tigers have remained hot. American League Cy Young candidate, Justin Verlander, is scheduled to pitch during Wednesday’s game, which will likely cause the Indians to struggle. Verlander has a 1.75 ERA over his last 19 turns. Take a look at how the Tigers have faired at Progressive Field. Should the Tigers sweep the Indians, will this mark the end of the playoff hopes for the Tribe?

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Verlander: A Pitcher to Watch

August 23, 2011

During yesterday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, became the first 19-game winner in the major league. His 19th win equals his career high, which he established in 2009. Verlander, who’s currently 19-5, leads the American League in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, and winning percentage and has the second best ERA. Take a closer look at Verlander’s stats. Do you think he will be this season’s Cy Young award?

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Keys to the Game: Tigers Vs Rays, August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

Tonight the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers will open a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  The opening game will feature a fantastic pitching match up, as Detroit’s AL Cy Young contender Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.31 ERA) will square off against the 6-foot-nine, Jeff Niemann (8-4, 3.29 ERA) of Tampa Bay.  Since returning from a back injury on June 20th, Niemann is 7-0 in 10 starts and has actually given up two fewer Earned Runs than Verlander has over his last 10 trips to the mound.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

While the Tigers have the more productive offense, the Rays have a better record and have only allowed only 484 Runs this season, the fewest in the American League.  Compare the production of tonight’s starting lineups for Detroit and Tampa Bay.

DET: RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Hits (Green)

TAM: RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Hits (Green)

With two dominant pitcher on the hill, runs will be at a premium tonight.  Expect the first team to score a couple of runs in a single frame to earn the victory.

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Keys to the Game: Indians Vs Tigers, August 19, 2011

August 19, 2011

Only 1.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians look to gain ground in the division during a critical three game series this weekend at Comerica Park.  While both of tonight’s starting pitchers appear to have similar statistics in 2011, with a Strikeout/BB ratio of 4.05, Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin (12-5, 3.97 ERA) has much more command over the strike zone than Detroit’s Max Scherzer (12-7, 4.37 ERA), who has a lowly Strikeout/BB ratio of 2.89.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Tonight’s game, this series, and even the race for the AL Central pennant could hinge on the production of each team’s Cabrera.  Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has more RBIs, Hits, HRs and a 147-point higher OPS than Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera this season.

RBIs (Blue), Hits (Orange) & HRs (Green)

However, Asdrubal has batted in nine runs during his current eight-game hitting streak and his hot bat could help propel the Indians to first place in the AL Central for the first time July 18th.

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The Race In The AL Central

August 18, 2011

The Chicago White Sox had a chance during last night’s game against the Cleveland Indians to take over the second place spot in the AL Central. Unfortunately for the Sox, they came up short. Tonight, the two teams will face off again. The Indians and White Sox are both chasing the Tigers for the first place spot in a race that will likely prove to be battled out until the end. Take a look at how the Indians and White Sox compare.

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Three Man Race for AL Cy Young

August 1, 2011

With two months left in the regular season three pitchers have emerged as contenders for the American League Cy Young.  Detroit’s Justin Verlander the League leader in strikeouts (178) and wins (15), New York’s CC Sabathia, the League leader in wins (15) and Los Angeles’ Jared Weaver, the League leader in ERA (1.88) are neck to neck to neck in the race for the League’s top pitching honor. See how the pitchers compare

Strikeouts (Blue), Walks (Orange) & Earned Runs (Green)

Check out their WHIP: Verlander Sabathia Weaver

Verlander and Weaver squared off yesterday with the Tigers getting the 3-2 victory as Verlander was four outs away from recording his second no-hitter of the season.  Sabathia will seek his 16th win when he takes the mound in the South Side of Chicago tonight.  Come October which hurler will collect the hardware?  More importantly though, which ace will still be pitching?

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Tigers Trying to Advance Their Lead

July 25, 2011

Detroit is looking to extend their lead in the AL Central during their three game series against Chicago. After going 6-4 in their last 10 games, Detroit has a two game lead in their division, with Cleveland trailing closely behind. Competing against their AL Central rival, Detroit has won 14 of their last 18 games against Chicago. Take a look at how the teams compare.

If the Angels are able to defeat the Indians this week, the Tigers look like they will be in good position to advance their lead in the AL Central.

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