Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Do-it-all Don Kelly Less Valuable Than Many Tigers Fans Believe



I was dared by noted troublemaker Phil Coke’s Brain to have some fun with our friend Kurt Mensching today. Please read his latest at the Detroit News here first, if you will.

The following is my response.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Who's My Tiger? (April 2013)



Up next on the schedule is the Atlanta Braves (also known as the #BARVES). They've been the best team in the NL to start the season so far. Luckily, the NL is terrible. Maybe we can start one of those...what are they...oh yeah, a winning streak. –Me in my last post on Friday. You’re welcome.

While I’m waiting to do the next team preview (I know no one on the Astros...should be fun) or for someone to write something stupid to mock, here’s a quick look at the Tigers 25 man roster in order of my personal preference. I often get asked who my favorites are, so here you go.

Again, this isn’t in any order of ability, just who’s on my good/bad side this week for whatever reason.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Atlanta Braves

One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face.

After one win for Detroit, one for KC, and one for THE RAIN GODS, your heroes of Motown are 10-10 after 20 games. Just like last year. But PANIC anyway. Don't let me stop you. And welcome back, Papa Grande. The section of the fanbase that doesn't have a memory longer than ten minutes may hate you. But I'm pulling for you, you goofy bastard.

Up next on the schedule is the Atlanta Braves (also known as the #BARVES). They've been the best team in the NL to start the season so far. Luckily, the NL is terrible. Maybe we can start one of those...what are they...oh yeah, a winning streak.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Journey Into the Comments Section: They Are Among Us



As you may have noticed, from time to time I enjoy mocking writers that I don’t agree with. But nothing in the world gets as horrific as some of the nonsense you’ll find if you venture into the comments sections following articles on mLive, the Detroit News, and the other bigger Tigers news sites.

Don’t get me wrong. If someone shares a different opinion than I do, I don’t automatically think they are a moron. Not as long as they form an opinion that has some sort of logic and/or a point to it. I’m not always right and I don’t have all the answers. Only BYB’s TigerDog does. Sadly, only one in a hundred of these commenters seem to try and made actual sense out there.

Today, I thought I’d take a look at some of the comments posted to articles written this week by a couple writers I enjoy. And as you read them, remember, these people walk among us. It’s frightening. Names will be withheld to protect the galactically stupid.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Kansas City Royals



One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face. 

(Good gawd, are we ever going to play the same team a second time? Note to self: Check the schedule before starting a stupid gimmick on the blog.)

Well, the series in Los Angeles Anaheim went about as expected. We never win there. Yet the fanbase is busy crapping their pants over the team struggling for a couple games. In April. Because Tigers fans, that’s why.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO FREAK OUT OVER EVERY LOSS, PLEASE STOP WATCHING.

Come back in September, you whiny, unrealistic halfwits. Anyway, up next are our old friends from Kansas City, the Royals. Is Billy Butler still there? Yes? Dammit…

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Los Angeles Angels



One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face. 

Another West Coast series down that Tigers took two out of three games in. Not bad. I'm so used to the trips out there turning into a nightmare. Speaking of nightmares, up next is the LA Angels. Have I mentioned that the Angels are my least favorite baseball team? It's true. There is so much to despise about this franchise. Yet I'll attempt to keep this brief...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Catfight: 1984 Tigers vs. 2013 Tigers



It’s way too early to be thinking about the World Series, isn’t it? I mean, it’s only April. Odds are, between players joining the team later on from the minors and whatever the July trade deadline brings, this team we’re watching now isn’t going to completely resemble the one we see in late September. And injuries may happen. The Royals could finally stop being terrible. The White Sox are always in the hunt. The Indians could make a run...
Well, maybe not that last one. UbaLOLdo and company are awful. #RaburnForMVP

Anyway, the Tigers are the early pick of many to be this year’s World Series champs and ever since the surprise 2006 team, Detroit has been salivating over the idea of winning it all for the first time since 1984. Mike Ilitch appears all-in and will do anything in his power to help make it happen. It’s a good time to be a Tigers fan.

We can’t see the future but we can compare this year’s squad to the Bless You Boys squad of ’84 to pass the time. That’s what I thought I’d do today.

Time for a Catfight. Let’s see who the better team is.

(Note: Sparky Anderson wasn't exactly known for having a set lineup. Different guys DH’d all the time. Third base saw a different face every day. I’m using the roster as presented here at Baseball-Reference.com’s 1984 Tigers page. So keep that in mind before you yell at me.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This Week in Huge Bashing: Parts I, II, and III



Tuesdays during the baseball season are the days where we get the wit and wisdom of Bill Simonson over at mLive. This week is probably his laziest effort to date. It’s around 600 words that say nothing useful, yet he still manages to get his details completely wrong. So since there’s not much point in going through the entire thing, this week I’ll split this piece into three parts.

In part one, we’ll make fun of what Bill got wrong today. In part two, I’ll share with you what Bill had to say about yours truly and Phil Coke’s Brain in the past week. And in part three, I’ll try and explain to you why I even bother with all this.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Seattle Mariners



One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face. 

Our Motown heroes just finished taking two of three from the hottest team in the American League, the Athletics. Again, the offense is looking very good while the bullpen is bowling shoe ugly. Hurry up, Papa Grande! We need you!

Up next is a trip to the Pacific Northwest, the land of constant rainfall and flannel shirt wearing emo kids. Yes, it’s a trip to Seattle and a series with the Mariners.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Oakland Athletics



One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face. 
 
The Tigers took two of three from the Blue Jays in a series that saw the Detroit offense show how amazing it can be when clicking and also how pathetic the bullpen can be when all goes wrong. I hope Brayan Villarreal gets shot with a crossbow and falls into a tar pit. 

Up next is the dreaded West Coast Road Trip starting with a trip to Oakland to face the A’s.

We’ll begin this preview after I look up who’s on Oakland’s roster this year. Who the hell are these guys? I thought Brandon Moss was dead…

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

HE'S BACK!



Oh, happy day. Bill Simonson is writing about theTigers again. And of course, everything he says is wrong. Just like water is wet and skies are blue.

Baseball season has officially begun. For the first time since switching over to TigerSnark from DNR, let's have some fun with our buddy Huge.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays



Amen, sister.

One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face. 

The Tigers took two out of three from the Evil Empire of New YAWK and now sit at 3-3 on the young season. Am I the only one to notice that the team hasn’t won a game (OR EVEN SCORED A RUN) since Alex Avila’s daughter was born? (PANIC!) Keep an eye on this. Also, I have yet to hear if the young lady bears any resemblance to Rick Porcello. You can’t trust that guy, I tell ya. But congrats to the Avilas, nonetheless. 

Up next on the schedule is the North Miami Blue Jays of Toronto. Let’s take a look.   

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 New York Yankees


One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face.

The Detroit SUPERTEAM opened the season losing two of three in sloppy fashion to the Minnesota Twins. As we all know, losing two of three to the current incarnation of the Twins is like losing ten in a row to any other team. They hope their fortunes will change as they open Comerica Park with their favorite team to sweep in the playoffs, ESPN’s knights in shining armor, the New York Yankees.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reaction to Phil Coke Closing Today



I really like Phil Coke. He's effective against lefties. He seems like a great guy. But he struggles against right handed hitters. By “struggle”, I mean that they kill him. I know this. You know this. Phil has to know this. And certainly, Jim Leyland should know this.

But today, instead of going “closer by committee”, as he said he would, Leyland stubbornly left Coke in to get shelled and blow the game. Yes, the Tigers should score more than two runs against terrible pitching. Yes, Austin Jackson probably should have come up with the ball off of Escobar’s bat. And yes, Benoit walking Plouffe was the start of something bad. But counting on Coke to get righties out to close out the game with Alburquerque and Dotel picking their noses in the bullpen was beyond stupid.

The following are reactions from all over to the events as they unfolded…

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Minnesota Twins

One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against. As we journey along during the 2013 baseball season, TigerSnark will take an in depth look at each opponent the Tigers will face.

Up first is our old nemesis from South Canada, the Minnesota Twins.

Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 Shot in the Dark Predictions

I had hoped to have more here leading up to Opening Day, but I messed up my back a few days ago and have spent the past few days eating different fun pills and sleeping. Now I know how Big Al feels.

So here's some predictions for the 2013 season. It'll be fun to look back in October and see how wrong I was.