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Odds and Ends

Billfer did a nice Tiger preview over at All Baseball. What’s funny was, he’s predicting the same amount of wins I was going to predict. Since he got his up first, it looks like I’m going to have to change mine. Although one of the nice things about this blog is I can change the date of this post to two days ago, so it looks like I actually predicted it first.

Roar of the Tigers also did their Tiger preview. Fortunately they didn’t make a prediction, or I would have had to come up with something really crazy.

And not to feel left out, my preview will be up at Hardball Times tomorrow.

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Odds and Ends

Tigers won last night, and they face rookie Francisco Crueta in his major league debut. If the Tigers go 6-7 the rest of the way, they’ll win 74 games, which is exactly what I predicted back in February. I’ll write more on this if it happens.

First there was Tigerblog. Now there’s Lionsblog. Tigerblog writer Steve started a Lions blog, so be sure to check out. You’ll get some top notch analysis, and all the news you’ll need.

While watching tonight’s game, they flashed an interesting stat about Brandon Inge. While playing thirdbase, he’s hitting .339, which is even more impressive then his season total of .294. Combine that with an .883 OPS at thirdbase, and it makes for a tough call next year. I like Eric Munson a lot, but he’s really struggled this season. Brandon has proved to not only be a better fielder, but also a better hitter, and has earned the starting spot. Which leaves no room for Munson with the logjam at firstbase.

It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, is moved in the offseason. Dmitri Young probably has the most value, and he’s the oldest of the bunch, but he’s not “that” old (he’ll be 31 next month).

I’ve really been impressed with the content over at Hardball Times, and Studes has a nice piece on the double play. It’s worth checking out.

And in case you missed it the first time, Blade wanted me to remind you he’s up and running over at Reds Cutting Edge Reds commentary.

I’d like to make it out to one more game this year, but I’m running out of time. I was offered tickets for tonight’s game, but it’s hard getting away on no notice when you have a newborn at home. Maybe I can swing a game the final weekend of the season.

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