Detroit Tigers news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:12:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Avila ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) is serving as the DH for Toledo today, and he could return to the Tigers this weekend if he doesn't have any setbacks. Avila is expected to share time behind the plate with James McCann ($3,000, 6.0% of cap). Avila is worth picking up in two-catcher or AL leagues if you're in need of a backstop. Hitting isn't his forte, though, and he doesn't have much power, so he'll be a mediocre catching option most days on FantasyScore.
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:00:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Simon ($5,400, 10.8% of cap) has been hit hard in three straight starts, allowing 18 earned runs over his last 14 2/3 innings. Avoid him at FantasyScore until he is able to turn things around.
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:32:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gose ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) is sporting a .365 OPS over his past 90 plate appearances, and he is in danger of losing playing time to Davis ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) going forward. Davis has a .348/.388/.587 slash line over his past 49 plate appearances with plenty of speed, and he is a viable FantasyScore option Wednesday.
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:43:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Davis ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has a .348/.388/.587 slash line over his past 49 plate appearances and stands as an upside play for FantasyScore players when in the lineup, especially leading off. Just note, he faces a tall test againt Burnett Wednesday. In seasonal formats, there is a chance Davis begins to earn the majority of starts in center field with Anthony Gose ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) sporting a .365 OPS over his past 90 plate appearances. Davis' speed makes him a viable add in the majority of leagues, albeit currently, just a speculative one.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:27:54 -0700
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) played in his fourth minor-league rehab game with Class AAA Toledo Tuesday, June 30. He was the designated hitter Tuesday, and is expected to catch Wednesday, July 1.
Fantasy Tip: Avila has been sidelined since May 8 due to a knee issue. FantasyScore players will want to see him officially return and prove his health in a full game or two before trusting him again.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:27:02 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits with five walks over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday, June 30, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also struck out three batters.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander ($5,300; or 10.6% of cap) still has the potential to be a solid FantasyScore option most nights, but he needs to re-gain his control.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:25:09 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Martinez ($5,200; or 10.4% of cap) wrapped up the month of June with 11 home runs. He has been a huge FantasyScore option for an extended period, and he still comes with a nice price.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:14:58 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias might be moved up in the batting order, although manager Brad Ausmus has yet to make a move. Iglesias is fifth in the American League with a .330 average, but his average is helped out by 18 infield hits, which is fifth-most in the majors. "I have considered it, multiple times. There's always that question: Is a guy hitting what he's hitting because of where he's hitting? Ausmus said. "And would it change if you moved him?"
Fantasy Tip: Iglesias has been hitting fine for fantasy owners, and an infield hit is just as good as a sharp single to the outfield. FantasyScore players have loved Iglesias for his multiple hits and runs scored, and he might have more RBI chances if the table setters on the Tigers weren't slumping so badly.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:32:14 -0700
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) said his knee is feeling "fine," and he could return to the team by the end of the week. He caught in a minor league rehab game with Class AAA Toledo on back-to-back nights Sunday, June 28, and Monday, June 29. "I feel fine, I feel good," Avila said Monday night, after Toledo's 4-1 victory. "My knee feels good. My legs feel good. I have no complaints after today." He plans to be the designated hitter Tuesday, June 30, and catching again for Toledo Wednesday, July 1.
Fantasy Tip: Avila ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) will likely be eased back into the catching duties when he returns, meaning James McCann ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) will still have a role. Avila isn't known for his bat, and he was hitting just .200 (12-for-60) before getting hurt. He'll be a weak FantasyScore option most nights, and he's only worth owning in two-catcher or AL-only leagues.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:44:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: After battling injuries to start the year, Martinez ($4,500, 9.0% of cap) is starting to round into form. As long as he is healthy, he is a solid mid-priced option at FantasyScore against most matchups.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:39:18 -0700
Detroit Tigers C James McCann went 2-for-4 with a game-winning, solo home run and two runs scored in a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday, June 28, and he joined retired OF Tim Salmon as the only players with at least two game-winning home runs in the first 61 games of their career.
Fantasy Tip: Despite the walk-off homer, McCann ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) hasn't been doing much this month. His big games are too sporadic to warrant consideration at FantasyScore.
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:50:02 -0700
Fantasy Tip: McCann ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) is only batting .193 during the month of June but he is 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his career against Danks. That small sample size probably isn't enough to justify starting him in FantasyScore today.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:39:01 -0700
Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos is sticking at third base despite a surge by SS Andrew Romine lately. Romine was 6-for-15 (.400) in the last four games with three doubles, two home runs and three RBI, while Castellanos is hitting only .224 with 10 doubles, four triples and four home runs with 28 RBI in 70 games this year. "I think he's going to be fine," manager Brad Ausmus said of Castellanos. "He looked better the last few days after taking the better part of three games off. ... Sometimes you get paralyzed when you're trying to fix everything. You're trying to fix your hands, fix your feet. You get paralyzed because you're thinking about everything except the one thing you should be thinking about and that's the ball."
Fantasy Tip: Castellanos ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) isn't out of the woods yet after getting two hits Thursday. Those in need of middle infield help in AL-only leagues should stash Romine ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) just in case. Tonight on FantasyScore, Castellanos could pay off as a sleeper pick, as he's hitting .295 (13-for-44) against southpaws this season. He's facing Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:17:14 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Alfredo Simon allowed five runs and six hits while walking three and striking out five in 6 1/3 innings Thursday, June 25, and he has given up 12 runs in his last nine innings. Simon said he felt fine in his outing yesterday compared to his last start.
Fantasy Tip: Simon ($5,400, 10.8% of cap) is sporting a 3.57 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while striking out only 6.6 per nine innings over 14 starts (85 2/3 innings) this season. He was due for some correction to his line after a very strong start to the year, and he's now allowed at least four earned runs in three of his five starts in June. Consider Simon strictly a matchup play on FantasyScore when facing a favorable team in a pitching-friendly environment.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:52:39 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Verlander ($5,500, 11.0% of cap) would be set up to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at home next Tuesday if he doesn't suffer any setbacks before then. After his first two starts left plenty to be desired, it's smart to stay away from him for at least one more turn through at FantasyScore.
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