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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ P Michael Fulmer could miss entire 2019 season

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According to reports, Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Michael Fulmer has been recommended for Tommy John surgery following an MRI and consulting with Dr. James Andrews, though he is seeking a third opinion.

If Fulmer does need the surgery, he will miss the entire 2019 season as Tommy John surgeries generally take 12-15 months to recover from.

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Bless You Boys: The Detroit Tigers’ Last Title

When it comes to the Detroit Tigers, there is one phrase that just about every fan recognizes and relates to the team. Some recognize the phrase because they lived through it and others because of stories they’ve been told. That phrase is, “Bless You Boys,” and it was used to describe the 1984 Detroit Tigers and their amazing season that ended with a World Series title. The phrase itself was actually coined by the late Al Ackerman, a former TV sportscaster for WDIV Detroit, during the magical 1984 season. Ackerman, according to former WDIV anchor Mort Crim, used the phrase sarcastically following a Tigers’ losing streak.

Expected to contend, Tigers come out on fire

After winning 92 games and missing out on the Major League Baseball Playoffs in 1983, the Tigers signed free agent first baseman Darrell Evans and traded for Dave Bergman and one of the keys to the 1984 team, Willie Hernandez. With those moves, in addition to bringing back Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Lance Parrish, Jack Morris, and Dan Petry, just to name a few, many believed the Tigers were poised to make a run at glory.

Manager Sparky Anderson used to say, “you can’t tell anything about a baseball team until 40 games have been played.” Though Sparky may or may not have really believed that, the 1984 Tigers made the best of their first 40 games out of the gate. In fact, the Tigers did not take long to prove they were focused and ready to roll as they won their first nine games of the season, including an 8-1 victory on Opening Day as Jack Morris dominated the Minnesota Twins. After dropping their first game of the campaign, a 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers immediately went on a seven-game winning streak to move to 16-1 on the season. By the time 40 games were in the book, Detroit sat at the top of baseball with an astounding 35-5 record, a mark that has never been reached in Major League Baseball history.

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Detroit Tigers’ rookie outfielder injured vs. Pirates

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According to reports, Detroit Tigers’ rookie Christin Stewart left Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a right medial quad spasm.

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Stewart was hurt and forced from the game under his own power after popping out in the eighth inning.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ pitcher to miss remainder of Season

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Matt Moore’s surgery was a success, but he will miss the season.

Moore was off to a promising (if short) start with the Tigers. He threw nine and two-thirds scoreless innings before hurting his knee fielding a come-backer against the Kansas City Royals on April 6th. Moore finished the inning allowing no runs but couldn’t come back.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed the prognosis:

This is not the first injury in Moore’s (30) career. After an exciting early career with the Tampa Bay Rays, Moore had Tommy John surgery in 2015. He had previously injured the same knee as well.

Moore signed a one-year $2.5 million deal with the Tigers during the offseason. Now he will spend the rest of that year on the IL.

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In terms of WAR, the Detroit Tigers have the best pitcher in baseball

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Despite a decent start, the chances of the Detroit Tigers contending for anything in 2019 is pretty slim as their current roster just does not match up to the talent around the league.

Rather than basing success off of wins and losses, it is important to look at the individual growth of some of the individual players on the team.

One of those players is starting pitcher, Matthew Boyd.

Matthew Boyd. Detroit Tigers v Miami Marlins. Joker Marchant Stadium.Lakeland, Fla. March 2, 2018. (Photo by Tom Hagerty.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boyd, who is 28, is off to a great start so far in 2019 as he is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA. What is really impressive is that he has the No. 2 strikeout rate (13.32 per 9) in all of Major League Baseball, trailing only Jacob DeGrom of the New York Mets.

In addition, for those of you into advanced stats, Boyd leads all Major League Baseball pitchers with a 1.2 WAR (Wins above replacement) threw his first four starts of the season.

The chances of Boyd keeping up this pace are not very good, but if he can continue to pitch well, you can bet teams in contention will be calling the Tigers as the trade deadline approaches.

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