Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tigers videos, Thames, Cuts and Verlander

Eric Seals, a Free Press photographer, sent along some video of the Tigers at spring training in February. One is a segment on players signing autographs. The other is the Tigers at photograph day.

Marcus Thames strained an abdominal muscle in Tuesday's game versus the Cardinals and will miss about a week of action. This should not impact the opening day roster at all.

The Tigers made their first cuts today as they assigned pitchers Rudy Darrow and John Kibler and catcher Jeff Kunkel to minor league camp. There are no surprises there, although there is a chance Darrow could see action in Detroit later this season.

The Tigers beat the Yankees 7-4 today behind two home runs by Gary Sheffield. The item that jumped out at me though was Justin Verlander lasting only two innings and walking four batters. That can perhaps be explained by the fact that he in the process of adjusting his delivery:
The right-hander described it as a slight adjustment: He’s trying to keep his left knee bent -- rather than straight -- as he plants that foot on the mound.
While it's nice to see an explanation for his poor performance, I'm not sure what to think about his making mechanical adjusments. After all, it seemed as if making adjustments early last year hurt more than it helped. I do admit that pitching mechanics is not an area I know a great deal about though.

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