You’ve probably heard the news by now and if you haven’t, well, you’re hearing it now! Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, MLB has suspended spring training and will push back the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.
Get those DVRs and MLB.tv accounts fired up. We could be looking at a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, follow us at @glasshalffulmer for the usual inanity.
Take care, everyone.
Guest post by Travis Leonardi
(All GIFs courtesy of @domhunt18 on twitter)
Stellar defense and a bright personality made JaCoby Jones a fan favorite in Detroit since his debut in 2016. He has shown flashes of the power-speed prospect that was advertised when the Tigers traded Joakim Soria to acquire him in 2015. However, Jones’ offensive production left much to be desired in his first few years as a professional. After leading MLB in defensive runs saved in 2018, Tigers GM Al Avila stated Jones could be a future All-Star if his hitting improved.
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That’s right, welcome Travis to the Glass Half Fulmer team! Travis already has some ideas in mind for future Glass Half Fulmer pieces, and will be hanging around on the twitter account from time to time. Go say hi and/or give him a follow!
This was originally scheduled for June 1st, but since it’s an offday I decided to release it into the wilds a little early.
Your friends at Glass Half Fulmer decided it was time high time to bring back the GHF schedule wallpapers. After making these, I have a new appreciation for old friend MonkeyWrench32 and his graphic skillz.
Get yer wallpapers here! We have a couple different sizes to choose from:
And a Thing of note:
Your Glass Half Fulmer team is welcoming on longtime friend of the blog, tokarzontigers, as a contributor. Let’s give Tokarz a friendly welcome and don’t forget to check out his piece on Niko Goodrum here!
Kansas City Royals
Jorge Lopez (R)
1. Whit Merrifield (R) RF
2. Adalberto Mondesi (S) SS
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Jorge Soler (R) DH
5. Frank Schwindel (R) 1B
6. Chris Owings (R) 2B
7. Hunter Dozier (R) 3B
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
Matt Moore (L)
1. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
2. Nicholas Castellanos (R) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Niko Goodrum (S) DH
5. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
6. Christin Stewart (L) LF
7. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF
8. Grayson Greiner (R) C
9. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
The Tigers look to claim another series early on this season, as they send veteran Matt Moore to the mound against the Kansas City Royals. Moore looked good in his first Tigers start; he gave up just two hits, walked one, and struck out six in seven innings.
Enjoy it while it lasts.
The Tigers, who sit at 5-3 at the start of the day, are essentially tied for first place with the Minnesota Twins. That’s what everyone expected to see even eight or nine days into the 2019 season. Right? Right!
OR: Fun With Small Sample Sizes
April 5th was the Detroit Tigers’ first offday of the 2019 season. The Tigers, as one might expect, sit at 5-3 and are currently in second place behind only the Minnesota Twins despite a -4 run differential. It’s what we all expected, right? Right!
How have the Tigers done it? Most fans expected a dismal start to the season, considering the Tigers did next to nothing to improve on a team that staggered to a 64-98 season the year before. So, what gives? Well, the starting rotation, which one might reasonably expect to be terrible, especially with the absence of Michael Fulmer due to Tommy John surgery, has been carrying the team this first week.
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Just mosey on over to MonkeyWrench32, click Detroit Tigers and select the screen resolution that works for you!
Because he got traded to the Oakland Athletics after all!
Mike Fiers was one of many Major Leaguers put on trade waivers this week and, unsurprisingly, the Oakland Athletics claimed him on Friday. The teams then had 72-hours to work out a trade, or the Tigers could pull Fiers back or let Oakland claim him. The deadline was at 1:30pm today. At 1:28pm according to Lynn Henning), the two teams hammered out a deal.
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The Cleveland Indians solved—for relative values of “solved”—their center field issue today when they and the Tigers worked out a swap for Leonys Martín.
Martín will likely platoon in CF with Rajai Davis for Cleveland. The Tigers also included pitching prospect Kyle Dowdy, a 25-year-old right-hander who has spent time with both Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo. Dowdy carries a 4.74 ERA across both levels of minor league ball, to go with a 8-8 record.
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(Find Andrew’s other guest post here
As we approach tomorrow’s deadline Tigers fandom is itching for Avila to get off his lazy ass and make a trade. Trade Fiers, trade Liriano, trade Iglesias, trade Greene, trade Martin but the result of any inaction or action will be met with the same response of last year’s JD Martinez trade: “THE TIGERS DIDN’T GET ENOUGH!” “THEY TRADED HIM TOO EARLY/TOO LATE!” “AL AVILA SUCKS!”
The one polarizing figure we’re all waiting with bated breath for is Tigers ace Michael Fulmer: should he stay, should he go? Is he good or is he bad? Is he an 8-story tall crustacean from the protozoic era or is he a pitcher that goes out and throws every five days?
More after the jump!