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Jefry Marte to Toledo as Drew VerHagen Returns to Bolster Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen
August 19th, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Affected by wild weather delays on Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers played until the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Chicago, and their pitching staff was taxed. ***VIDEO1*** As a result, the team is sending infielder Jefry Marte back to Triple-A Toledo. Coming the other way in the exchange is Drew VerHagen. VerHagen can...

Chattin’ Cats Week in Review: Mental Lapses Continue to Haunt Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus
August 17th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Welcome to Chattin' Cats, a weekly piece recapping the most important talking point from the week before about the Detroit Tigers while taking a look ahead. At this point of a 162 game season, if a team hasn't figured out how to play situational baseball, they're probably more than a lost...

Does Bruce Rondon Have the Mindset to Be Detroit Tigers’ Closer of the Future?
August 16th, 2015 at 11:36 AM
Every single game is a rollercoaster ride for the Detroit Tigers during the 2015 season. ***VIDEO1*** At times, outs are hard to come by from everyone from the starters to the bullpen. Run scoring can be a periodic challenge. So it was no surprise when Bruce Rondon blew a save by allowing a...

Could Latest Stint Represent One of Ian Krol’s Last Chances with the Detroit Tigers?
August 12th, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Brad Ausmus hasn't minced words lately. A disappointing season can bring out the necessary doses of truth serum in a manager. ***VIDEO1*** So it was particularly telling to note Ausmus' tone late on Sunday afternoon as it related to the performance of left-handed reliever Ian Krol. Ausmus was particularly frank when asked if...

Chattin’ Cats Week in Review: Left Handed Pitching Struggles Continue to Doom Detroit Tigers
August 10th, 2015 at 2:33 PM
Welcome to Chattin' Cats, a weekly piece recapping the most important talking point from the week before about the Detroit Tigers while taking a look ahead. The Detroit Tigers continued to win some and lose some this past week, but bullpen troubles remained the biggest talking point, especially after Sunday. ***VIDEO1*** With another...

Bruce Rondon’s Attitude Keying His Revival at Back of Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen
August 7th, 2015 at 10:18 AM
Bruce Rondon is looking like his overpowering self again, and according to his manager, the reason isn't hard to comprehend. ***VIDEO1*** Thursday afternoon, Rondon pitched another solid inning for the Detroit Tigers, helping pave the way to their eventual win against the Kansas City Royals. Since July 27, Rondon has only allowed...

As Friday Night Showed, Infusion of New Pitching Figures to Boost Detroit TIgers
August 1st, 2015 at 9:03 AM
The Detroit Tigers had a great chance to win three straight games for the first time since June on Friday. ***VIDEO1*** Considering an early 6-0 lead and plenty of momentum through the middle innings, it seemed like it would be a cinch. With this team, however, no lead is safe no matter...

Brad Ausmus, Dave Dombrowski Share Equal Culpability for Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen Meltdowns
July 22nd, 2015 at 9:34 AM
"I would do nothing different at all," Brad Ausmus said Tuesday night after mismanaging his bullpen in a game his Detroit Tigers had to have against the Seattle Mariners. ***VIDEO1*** Instead of changing pitchers in an ugly eighth inning and swapping out Neftali Feliz, Ausmus left the beleaguered pitcher in, and he...

Ian Kinsler’s Heroics Provide Detroit Tigers One More Chance at a Season Turning Point
July 21st, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Monday night, the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners, but it certainly wasn't a pretty victory. ***VIDEO1*** The Tigers battled back, getting a pair of massive home runs from Ian Kinsler and quality pitching from the bullpen to help in a late 5-4 victory over Seattle. Considering how things were going most...

Chattin’ Cats Week in Review: Bruce Rondon’s Return to Form Key for Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen
July 20th, 2015 at 10:09 AM
Welcome to Chattin' Cats, a weekly piece recapping the most important talking point from the week before about the Detroit Tigers while taking a look ahead. This weekend, the Detroit Tigers made their second half return and the results looked much like what had happened during the first half. ***VIDEO1*** The offense was...

After Bullpen Meltdown, Detroit Tigers Could Be Eying Releiver Neftali Feliz
July 11th, 2015 at 10:21 AM
To suggest that the Detroit Tigers blowing a five run ninth inning lead and allowing seven total runs in the inning had anything to do with post game rumors of Neftali Feliz joining the team might be a bit of a stretch. ***VIDEO1*** Then again, the meltdown might have been that glaring...

Detroit Tigers Banking on Jeff Ferrell to Shake up Bullpen with Youthful Exuberance
July 5th, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Lately, the Detroit Tigers' bullpen isn't exactly getting the job done. ***VIDEO1*** From the solid-looking Bruce Rondon and Joakim Soria on down, the team has been struggling at getting outs in the later innings after far exceeding their expectations earlier this season. After Joba Chamberlain's recent string of meltdowns and the struggles of...

It’s Finally Time for Joba Chamberlain’s Role to Change Within Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen
July 2nd, 2015 at 12:19 PM
DETROIT --- The number of times Joba Chamberlain has excelled in his role within the Detroit Tigers' bullpen in 2015 can be counted on one hand. ***VIDEO1*** Considering he has appeared in 29 games, often being used in significant spots, that's a big problem. Wednesday night, Chamberlain was at the epicenter of...

A Healthy Bruce Rondon is a Major X-Factor for Detroit Tigers’ Needy Bullpen
June 26th, 2015 at 10:57 AM
Amid all the negative things that happened Thursday afternoon during the Detroit Tigers' loss to the Chicago White Sox, it might have been hard to remember the biggest shining positive. ***VIDEO1*** So, while the Tigers made several mental mistakes on the base paths and at the plate, watched a struggling reliever blow...

Detroit Tigers Bringing Back Lefty Releiver Ian Krol Prior to Series with Cleveland Indians
June 12th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
The Cleveland Indians lineup features plenty of left-handed hitters, and the Detroit Tigers likely want extra help dealing with that. ***VIDEO1*** So, they're bringing back lefty Ian Krol from Toledo on Friday prior to this weekend's three game set with Cleveland. But the reasoning for Krol's return to the bullpen might also...

Justin Verlander Pushing for Detroit Tigers’ Return While Bruce Rondon Struggles
June 7th, 2015 at 11:38 AM
Unlike his last start, Justin Verlander showed some signs of being his old self again Saturday night while pitching for the Toledo Mud Hens. ***VIDEO1*** Verlander struck out nine batters while pitching into the sixth inning of Toledo's eventual 6-1 loss to the Columbus Clippers. After accepting a ball from a dinosaur...

Detroit Tigers Could Get Victor Martinez, Alex Avila and Justin Verlander Back Soon
June 5th, 2015 at 10:48 AM
Early this season, injury problems have been a familiar crutch for the struggling Detroit Tigers. ***VIDEO1*** Soon, however, it appears the team might not even have that excuse to fall back on. In addition to the progressing Justin Verlander and Bruce Rondon, the team could get a pair of ailing sluggers in...

Angel Nesbitt’s Confidence Lacking Most Through Rough Stretch for Detroit Tigers
June 4th, 2015 at 11:48 AM
It doesn't take a pitching doctor to realize that something is likely wrong mechanically with Angel Nesbitt. ***VIDEO1*** Wednesday night, in the midst of a sleepy 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in which not much went right, Nesbitt's performance in the eighth inning was of particular concern for the Detroit Tigers. Nesbitt,...

Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen Briefing: Middle-Relief Helps Pick up Slack During Tough Stretch
May 28th, 2015 at 12:16 PM
The Detroit Tigers have seen issues in 2015 with injuries, starting pitching and a stale offense, but the bullpen keeps rolling along in spite of that. ***VIDEO1*** Quality performances of relief pitchers contributed to a few wins recently, and the bullpen hasn't been completely to blame for a meltdown in some time....

Breakfast with Brad: Within Bullpen Management, Brad Ausmus Can Walk Tightrope for Detroit Tigers
May 22nd, 2015 at 9:58 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a morning look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus. Thursday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers seemed to have a regulation win against the Houston Astros in the bag. ***VIDEO1*** David Price had pitched well into the sixth inning, and the team had finally gotten the kind of...