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Afternoon Wake Up Call

March 2, 2009

wakeupAfternoon Wake Up Call is our way of recapping the day’s action.  This is for all the assholes (college kids) who get to sleep all day or for folks like us that are stuck at work all day and need some updates.  It likely won’t be daily (until Spring weather permits back porch posting on a daily basis), but someone will bring you the day’s recap in a way only APIAS can.

Well lots of things happening in the sports world.  First off, there’s the race for the SEC East, or race to see who can’t finish first, however you want to look at it.  If you didn’t see TGC’s recap of the Wild East, I suggest you look at it.  It’s as comprehensive as it gets for the scenarios.  From a Cats standpoint, anything less than taking care of Georgia at home and winning in Gainesville leaves them scrambling for an SEC tournament championship.  Tennessee can probably afford one more loss and a good tournament run and still make the NCAA tourney based on their solid strength of schedule and their amazing RPI. 

On the racing front, Dale Jr. got off the schnide with his first top ten of the year.  Vegas was good to Jr. as a few late breaks, culminating in Carl’s blown engine, allowed Dale to sneak in at number ten.  Hopefully that will change the guy’s luck going into the front stretch of the year.  He’s made some bad breaks for himself this year.  Here’s to hoping he races clean, well, and gets a few more breaks this season.

marlboromanBaseball is heating up.  Only 35 days ’til the Fightin’ Elephants kick off.  The A’s and Tigers are both looking to improve on last year’s records.  The Tigs were a bit of a dissapointment but I doubt the Marlboro Man will allow that to happen two years in a row.  Oakland was rebuilding last year and it showed in their second straight under .500 year.  Offseason acquistions of Matt Holliday and the homecoming of Jason Giambi has the Green and Gold primed to recover from a league worst offense in 2008.  A healthy Eric Chavez and a revamped set of mechanics for Bobby Crosby have the A’s set up to have possibly the best lineup in the AL West.

Well that’s about it for today’s recap.  Our maiden voyage was more of a statement of things to come.  In the future look forward to updates on SEC basketball, MLB baseball, NASCAR, boxing, and anything else we can slip in that day.  Also, arrested athletes will likely make an appearance.  You never know.

Tiger Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

February 14, 2009
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Hank Greenberg (left) in Spring Training 1936, Lakeland. (photo: michpics)

For lo’ the winter is gone!

Here’s a pretty thorough look at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, home of Detroit’s spring training for the last 75 years.

Baseball Prospectus has the Tigs finishing 3rd at 78-84.   I think 84 wins gets the division.  That’s a pretty slim margin and not starting the season 0-7 again could help the cause.

We can prognositcate later.  The 2009 Tigers are reporting today!

Vegas Winter Meetings Recap

December 12, 2008

Bear with me as I try to recap the MLB Winter Meetings in Vegas without succumbing to the use of terrible casino puns.

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This year’s baseball winter meetings didn’t have the spark and flair of 2007’s when the blockbuster Willis/Cabrera Tigers trade finally launched the Rock City Cats over the hump and to a world championship… what’s that?  Oh… really… last place huh? Willis threw 6 innings all year?  Single A?!  Well, shit.

Okay, so no front page news this year, but there were some clear winners and clear losers.  And some not so clear situations.  Let’s take a look.

Winners

The Metropolitans.  Oman Minaya, fresh off a contract extension, did nothing but make his team better without giving up any talent.  In two days he fixed the bullpen that cost him the NL East the last 2 years.  He signed single-season save record holder Francisco Rodriguez as well as traded for JJ Putz, who himself has notched 91 saves over the past 3 seasons.

More recapitulations after the jump. (more…)

D-Train’s tracks headed toward The D?

July 21, 2008

With the series split in Baltimore, the Tigers pull back to .500 and have named former starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter Zach Miner as the newest in what has become a revolving-door 5th spot in the rotation.  This news out of Detroit had me wondering what the heck D-Train is up to down in Florida.

The guys over at LFTBlog were awesome enough to post a little video of Willis throwing last week in his first start with Lakeland.

As you can see below, its pretty clear that the Tigs pitching staff has calmed down his ridiculous leg kick and slowed down his approach to the plate considerably in light of his recent diagnosis of tendinitis in his landing-leg.  The differences are pretty clear. 

Here’s D-Train last year:

Here’s last week:

What does that mean for his short- and long-term prospects with Rock City? Freep has it this way.

Lakeland pitching coach Joe Coleman told The Lakeland Ledger that Thursday’s outing was “a very positive step toward Dontrelle’s return to Detroit.”

We’re going to learn a lot in the coming 12 days (3 with the Royals, 3 with the Palehose, and 4 with the Indians).  Here’s hoping our $29M man is around to contribute.

[LFTBlog] [Freep] [WWL]

Halfway point brings turtle head out for Tigs

June 30, 2008

On the day of the season’s 81st game, the Tigers pull out of loserdome and into a winning record.  With a 3 game sweep of the Rockies (who’s season couldn’t get much rockier… boo..) the Rock City Cats poke out one game over .500 to 41-40.

As I alluded to back in May, the day the Tigs climbed out of the cellar for the first time, 2SL’s ill-advised public faith in the Cubs, Eday’s consistency with his support of the Elephants (cheap shots be damned), and Smooth’s positive outlook for the Manuel era… all these things make baseball season around APIAS headquarters great.

Well, and hotdogs and beer too… obviously.

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Tigers still finding new, and later, ways to lose

June 4, 2008

In a game that featured 22 walks and 12 pitchers, the Tigs lose again on a last-at-bat walk-em-off hit, this time by Jack Cust.  This time in 11 innings.  And for two happy-ass baseball watchers in the midwest, just prior to 2am Eastern–on a work night.

Despite leaving 52 men on base, including a bases-loaded no-out situation in the 3rd and 6th, the Cats just couldn’t seem to eek one home when it counted.

While I still think Jimmy is on the verge of finding the right recipe with this team, he had at least one thing right last night.

“Sometimes, it almost appears like we’re sitting around, waiting to get beat.”

Yeah, and sometimes you have to buckle down and decide to kick someone’s ass.  For all the fun I have watching A’s and Tigs with ole Eday, I’m getting a little tired of him getting to head to the house a winner every damn night.

One more shot at a win in Oakland happens this afternoon, and I’ll be making a great effort to get home and see the end.  Let’s hope Nate finds something, or that Cabrera wakes up, or both.  I’m sure you’ll get more detail from The Exodus later today, but I’ll sum it up like this:

I’m getting a little sick of this shit.

Far from 2006, A’s and Tigers meet again

June 2, 2008

There will be no APIAS Road Trip for this series, and only one of the two is playing the kind of ball they were supposed to this year, but it doesn’t mean we take it lightly.  It’s homer vs. homer, flaming jersey vs. big high five, Bud Select vs. whatever’s on special, Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniel’s… yes sir it’s Eday’s Elephants vs. my own Rock City Cats.

Let’s take a quick look at the series’ Pitching Matchups.

Kenny Rogers (4-4 5.88 ) vs. Rich Harden (3-0 2.60)
As mentioned in The Exodus on occasion, pretty much no one has been able to hit Rich since he came off the DL a few weeks back, which doesn’t bode well for the Tigs incredibly streaky bats, except for the fact that the Gambler owns a 25-4 career record in McAfee.  There may not be a run scored until either team gets into the bullpen tonight… which will mean somewhere around 11:30 pm Eastern for those of  you on the patio.  Prediction: The final score will total less than the # of beers consumed watching it.

Dontrelle Willis (0-0 7.50) vs. Dana Eveland (4-4 3.66)
After being on the DL most of the year (he got hurt in the 2nd inning of his 2nd start) and being replaced in the rotation by AAA callup Armando Galarraga (who’s 4-2 record is the best on the staff) Willis will make his first of what most likely will be several “piggy-back” starts for the Tigers.  This is a seldom used tactic to get more pitchers starts.  Galarraga will come out of the bullpen in this game, and they’ll most likely swap roles the next time this spot in the rotation is due up.  I don’t know much about Dana Eveland, except for that he’s never faced the Tigers and he has a girl’s name.  Prediction: Willis blows up early, Galarraga saves the day, Tigs win 6-5.

Nate Robertson (few-many Hi.GH) vs. Justin Duchsherer (4-4 2.67)
What can I say about this matchup?  Robertson’s only statistic keeping him in the lineup is his $3.3M salary.  He’s a career below .500 pitcher and rarely gets past the 5th inning.  He’s by far the weakest link in what’s becoming a pretty good rotation, and without that ridiculous salary for doing jack shit, he’d be designated to AAA or AA or FF and that spot’s rightful owner Armando would have it.  But whatever, you professional check-casher you, at least we’ll get the pen some work on Wednesday.  Prediction: A’s WIN. BIG. Robertson keeps his job.

See you on the patio. 

Editor’s Note: While writing this post, I got the following text message from Eday:

Hope this doesn’t affect our interactions in the outfield, but…Tonight, we do BATTLE!”

The crawl from the cellar begins

May 29, 2008

It started like this:  A day after 2 consecutive walk-off losses.  Then a new day.  2 homers from newly installed Left Fielder Marcus Thames and 8+ solid innings out of rook Armando Galarraga (4-2).  A 10 game losing streak by the Kansas City Royals.  And the Tigers crawl out of the cellar.  3 games in (AL worst record) Seattle should be just what the Jimmy ordered.

Watching 2SL dance and jive on his patio last night during a Cubbies’ 9th inning comeback win has got me all juiced up for comeback baseball.  I know I’ve said it before, but here we go boys, time to win some games.

All of this begs only one question.  What happened to The Exodus?

Jimmy does not disappoint his followers

May 21, 2008

Yes! Finally!  The expletive laden tirade I’ve been waiting for all year!

Enjoy, assholes. 

[The World of Isaac]

Is it time for EVERYBODY PANIC Detroit!!?

May 15, 2008

Not quite yet, but when the following facts are true, we’ve gotta be getting close.  Here’s a summary of the lead-in.

  • The Tigers currently have a worse record than anyone in MLB not named Mariners, Rockies, or Padres.
  • That list does not include the Cincinnati Reds, who are riding a 3 game winning streak, including a series win against the former best record in baseball Marlins, while the Tigs are 1-8 in the last 9.
  • The Rock City Cats are 0-5 against AL Central doormat Kansas City (the team payroll differential is a mere $80.4 M, or 1.4 times KC’s entire roster).
  • Justin Verlander, the staff ace, is 1-7.
  • The city’s big-high-five count is at a quarter-season low not seen since 2005.
  • Detroit is located mere feet from Canadian soil. (Okay, so that’s pretty constant, but c’mon, when it rains it pours)

So maybe not time to pack it in and call it a year, after all, they do play 162 of ’em for a reason.  But let’s raise the concern level a little here Jimmy, we can’t count on the division leader to hover around .500 all year (*cough 2005 NL West).

Jimmy, it’s time to yell at somebody.  And this time, do it in public.  Sheesh.  Really?  The stinkin’ Reds?

Enjoy this gem from Asheville @ Lexington in ’06.  Not new, but it sure seems therapeutic.  Give you any ideas Jimmy?