The Tigers opened up Joker Marchant stadium yesterday to a packed house and while they came back from an early 3-0 deficit, they eventually blew a 6-3 lead later in the game and lost 9-7. Rick Porcello and Dontrelle Willis looked good while Max Scherzer, Zach Miner and Armando Galarraga were all roughed up. Brent Dlugach went yard for the second straight day and Austin Jackson singled and drew two walks in three plate appearances. Today, the Tigers play a split squad game with the Astros. Jacob Turner gets the nod in the B game at 10 am and fellow 2009 draft choice Andy Oliver will also get some work. Eddie Bonine will start the A game at 1 pm. I won’t get to listen to the Astros radio broadcast because I’ll be with my son.
In lieu of a Hardball Times Season Preview, the website is now offering THT Forecasts. This not only includes what you would have gotten in the old Preview, but you also get regular updates to the forecasts. We’re also going with a new projections system. You also get a deal when you buy this year because you’ll also be locking in your price for next year. I wrote the Tigers section for the fourth straight year and this year I’m fairly certain I didn’t include any players on the Tigers roster.
Also, the Mets experts at Amazin Avenue have put out the Amazin Avenue Annual. I went outside my comfort zone a little and I did a year in review from the business side of things for the book. These guys put a ton of work into this and of course you can’t ask for a better price so be sure to check it out.