Monday, April 20, 2015
Thoughts after 6 innings Yankees, Tigers Monday
- The home run by Mark Teixeria off Alfredo Simon I thought was a mistake pitch. Not the location. It was low and on the outside part of the strike zone. But it was a flat pitch. And why not throw him fastballs? Seems like Teixeria doesn't hit the hard stuff like he used to.
- C.C. Sabathia has become the classic pitcher. He is making a lot out of reduced stuff. The double play ball is killing the Tigers tonight.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
My thoughts and column on the Tigers rout of the White Sox Sunday
My column. How off-season moves by Dave Dombrowski have spurred hot start by the Tigers: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150419/pat-caputo-how-off-season-moves-by-dave-dombrowski-have-spurred-hot-start-by-detroit-tigers
Thoughts after 5 innings White Sox, Tigers Sunday
- It's amazing how routine Jose Iglesias made Tyler Flowers' slow grounder in the hole look during the fifth inning. Last year, when Iglesias was out, that play was an adventure for Tigers' shortstops.
- Watching Rick Porcello struggle today in the early innings vs. Baltimore for the Red Sox, and Shane Greene sail through the White Sox order so easily, it's not a stretch to suggest the Tigers didn't lose anything by replacing Porcello in their rotation with Greene. Opposing hitters just haven't been getting good swings against Greene. It's a sign he has excellent "stuff." His command has been pretty good, too. Certainly, considering Porcello got an $82 million contract with the Red Sox, the price is right.
- With all the Tigers' right-handed thunder, I don't envision relatively soft-tossing left-handers like Jose Quintana faring well against them. Quintana appeared completely overmatched today. What a beating.
My column. The Red Wings have a lot of issues heading into Game 3 vs. Tampa Bay, but Petr Mrazek is not among them: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150418/pat-caputo-detroit-red-wings-have-many-issues-vs-lightning-petr-mrazek-not-among-them
Saturday, April 18, 2015
My thoughts and column on Red Wings' 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay Sunday in Stanley Cup playoffs
My column. Red Wings have many issues vs. Lightning, but Petr Mrazek not among them: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150418/pat-caputo-detroit-red-wings-have-many-issues-vs-lightning-petr-mrazek-not-among-them
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Detroit Lions, NFL Draft, need for a running back and what they should do
But his knee injury (ACL), suffered late last season, should keep the Lions from drafting him. They need a fast running back after finishing near the bottom of the NFL in rushing last year, even with defenses loading up to stop their passing attack, and displaying light boxes up front literally daring the Lions to run the ball.
But Gurley's progress is unknown, and will still largely be even after a scheduled evaluation by teams this week in Indianapolis (he wasn't examined at the combine).
In the first round, the best way for the Lions to fill their needs and aid their running attack would be to draft LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins. Not only does he project as a long-term starter with a good upside, but he is advanced enough to start immediately at right tackle or inside at guard.
I wrote after the Senior Bowl that I felt Collins was the ideal fit for the Lions in the first-round. I still do with the draft just a little more than two weeks away.
My column. A case for the Red Wings stunning Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup playoffs: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150415/pat-caputo-a-case-for-detroit-red-wings-stunning-tampa-bay-lightning-in-stanley-cup-playoffs
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Thoughts after 6 innings Tigers, Pirates Wednesday
- Alfredo Simon has an average MLB fastball. His breaking ball is his out pitch. Because he is tall (6-foot-6), the 12/6 break he has consistently features makes his breaking ball even more effective because of the increased tilt. It makes it difficult for hitters to lift the ball against him. Last year, 13 of the 22 home runs he allowed were in the small ball park in Cincinnati.
- That was a nice play by Nick Castellanos in the sixth inning. Perhaps he is making progress defensively. His range is still limited, but not nearly to the same degree as last year.
My column. The case for the Red Wings stunning Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup playoffs: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150415/pat-caputo-a-case-for-detroit-red-wings-stunning-tampa-bay-lightning-in-stanley-cup-playoffs
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Thoughts after 6 1-2 innings Tigers, Pirates Tuesday
- It took the Tigers longer than you'd expect to break through against Pirates' starter A.J. Burnett. The two-out hit by Rajai Davis was huge. I think it was a good decision by manager Tigers' Brad Ausmus to not over-react there and pinch hit either Anthony Gose or Victor Martinez for Davis. It was a good piece of hitting by Davis to lay off Burnett's breaking ball and a high fastball that was close before delivering the hit.
- It continues to be obvious just how important the return of Jose Iglesias is to the Tigers. It's weird, but he seems like a more settled and consistent player than he was before forced to sit out the entire '14 season because of injury. Watching Iglesias and Ian Kinsler turn a routine double play is like watching some sort of baseball arm form.
- Shane Greene does have the ability to miss bats, but what is really impressive is how it doesn't seem like hitters get quality swings against him. It's a lot of weak grounders. The Tigers improved defense should help him. In fact, it has tonight. That was nice play by J.D. Martinez in the sixth.
- This could be the Tigers' bullpen first real test this season. We'll see if it passes.
My column. Tigers, Royals and how opposites clash in American League Central: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150414/pat-caputo-detroit-tigers-kansas-city-royals-and-how-opposites-clash-in-al-central
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
My thoughts and column on the Tigers' 11-0 victory over Minnesota Wednesday
My column. Why the Tigers start, while terrific, might be misleading: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150408/pat-caputo-terrific-start-by-detroit-tigers-could-be-misleading
Thoughts after 4 innings Twins, Tigers Wednesday
- I don't what the situation was for Ian Kinsler at Texas, but whatever they were, those issues have not been a problem for the Tigers. He has played excellent baseball since the day he arrived, and he continued the pattern he started last year this season. His clutch single essentially broke this game open during in the third inning. He had another clutch RBI hit in the fourth.
- You could just tell how hesitant Twins' starter Ricky Nolasco was to throw his fastball against the heart of the Tigers' order. The Tigers took full advantage of the situation as Nolasco was rendered to throwing mostly sloppy curveballs.
- If there is any lingering effect from Jose Iglesias leg injuries from last year, it is not noticeable. He is running well. It was evident on his double, when he legged out an infield single and scored from first base on a triple by Anthony Gose.