Detroit Tigers

2nd AL Central | 66-59
  • Batting Avg
    .266 AVG
  • Runs
    579 R
  • Earned Runs Avg
    4.23 ERA
  • Home Runs Allowed
    138 HR
  • Phillies’ Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz cleared waivers
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    Phillies’ Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz cleared waivers

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz have both cleared waivers, which means the club can attempt to trade either player unimpeded. Stark adds that two teams are mulling a pursuit of Ruiz, but Howard is “virtually certain” to stay with the Phillies. Howard, 36, has unimpressive overall stats, as he’s carrying a .198/.252/.445 triple-slash line with 19 home runs and 43 RBI in 286 plate appearances. The Phillies have limited Howard to right-handed pitching by platooning him with Tommy Joseph. Shockingly, Howard has been one of the best hitters of the second half, as Corinne Landrey explains at FanGraphs. Using wRC+, an all encompassing offensive

  • What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action
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    What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action

    Rich Hill will come off of the disabled list and make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday evening in a home start against the Giants at 10:10 PM EDT. The Dodgers acquired Hill along with outfielder Josh Reddick from the Athletics ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, sending Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes to Oakland. Hill, however, was bothered by a severe blister on his throwing hand, which has kept him out of action since July 17. Prior to the injury, the 36-year-old Hill compiled a 2.25 ERA with a 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings spanning 14 starts. He has continued a late-career rebirth. After battling injuries and ineffectiveness from 2008-15, which even took him to

  • Ian Kinsler is hitting too many pop-ups
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    Ian Kinsler is hitting too many pop-ups

    Undoubtedly, Ian Kinsler has been one of the most important players for the Detroit Tigers this season. His 116 wRC+ is the sixth-highest on the team, but it comes just slightly below the third-best total of 121 wRC+. His 4.1 fWAR leads all Tigers, and ranks top-five among second baseman and top 20 among all position players. Kinsler is having another great all-around season and has been an important spark at the top of the batting order. But while Kinsler’s season-long numbers remain sharp, they slightly mask a troubling trend. To start the season, Kinsler was on fire. He hit 11 home runs within the first two months, which matched his total from 2015. His .315 average, .364 on-base percentage,