The Detroit Sports Show: Tigers Collapsing, but Red Wings Rising?

The Detroit Tigers look like they might not win again and the Detroit Red Wings look like they might win a lot in the near future. The guys discuss their thoughts on both topics and University of Michigan Softball.

Kicking it off with the Tigers, after a great Taylor Swift introduction, Andrew Tomlinson, Chris Burke and Max DeMara talk about the disastrous West Coast roadtrip. Additionally, they tackle the topic of Justin Verlander’s rehab start and if Brad Ausmus is really management material.

Moving on from baseball, the team discusses Jeff Blashill and the Red Wings. What is next, who might be a candidate for call-up and is there bad blood between Wings fans and Babcock?

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Detroit Pistons Mock Draft Tracker, Post-Lottery Edition: Who’s the Choice at No. 8?

The Detroit Pistons held serve in the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery, failing to hit it big with a move into the top three but also avoiding a drop like they suffered a year ago — slipping from No. 8 to No. 9 cost the Pistons their first-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Who might get the nod when the Pistons are on the clock? Here’s a sampling of the predictions:

Sports Illustrated: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona

Detroit has a sizeable hole at small forward and Johnson, a defensive-minded swingman who has evoked comparisons—at least physically—to Metta World Peace, looks like a nice fit. Johnson needs polish offensively but he made 37.1% of his threes last season, far better than many scouts predicted. Myles Turner is a candidate here, too. Mario Hezonja, SF, Croatia

The Pistons have need at shooting guard, small forward and possibly at power forward should Greg Monroe decide to bail. Hezonja’s ability to play either wing position should be very attractive to them. So should his 3-point shooting, as the Pistons could really use it. While Hezonja didn’t get a lot of touches or minutes in Spain this season, when he was on the court he was very effective, especially in Euroleague play. Justise Winslow, Stanley Johnson, Myles Turner and Devin Booker are the other players the Pistons will look at seriously with this pick.
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The Detroit Sports Show: Miguel Cabrera’s Place in Detroit Sports History

Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th career home run over the weekend, blasting one to center field against the St. Louis Cardinals. Is he the greatest Detroit Tigers player ever? And where does Miggy rank among Gordie Howe, Ty Cobb, Barry Sanders and the rest of Detroit’s all-timers?

We take on that subject, plus look ahead to Tuesday’s NBA Draft lottery and Wednesday’s possible Mike Babcock decision. Listen below:

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VIDEO: Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins Eliminate Rockford Ice Hogs

The Grand Rapids Griffins are marching on in the AHL playoffs, and rising prospect Teemu Pulkkinen again was at the heart of their latest victory. Pulkinnen’s latest goal, his league-leading 13th of the postseason, came just 5:01 into Sunday’s game, sparking the Griffins to a 5-3 win over the Rockford Ice Hogs.

That victory wrapped up the conference semifinal series in five games. Grand Rapids will advance to take on either Utica or Oklahoma City — the former currently holds a 3-2 lead, with Game 6 set for Monday night.

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GIF: Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler Turn Brilliant Double Play vs. Twins

Jose Iglesias was at it again Thursday afternoon, pairing with Ian Kinsler to turn an incredible double play on Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki. Iglesias nabbed a grounder behind the second base back, flipped the ball with his glove to Kinsler, who barehanded it and fired to first.
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TDSS Roundtable: On the Detroit Tigers’ Troubles, Jeff Blashill and More

Consider this the calm before the storm. The NFL Draft is over, the Detroit Red Wings are out of the playoffs and the Detroit Tigers are the only big-time show in town for the next several months.

But the Wings are waiting to hear from Mike Babcock, with free agency and the draft looming in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons will find out their lottery fate next week, then head into the draft/free-agency period themselves. The Lions recently held their rookie mini-camp, and those Tigers are battling both the Royals and Twins for the AL Central’s top spot.

We cover some ground in this week’s TDSS Roundtable:

1. Did the weekend series loss to Kansas City cause you to lose any confidence in the Tigers’ chances this season? If so, what is your biggest concern?

Andrew Tomlinson: I don’t think it caused me to lose confidence, but solely because I had very low confidence before hand. It is hard to handicap what this team is right now because it started off so hot. Everything clicked, the pitching, the hitting and the bullpen all were on fire. Then they all fell apart at the same time though too.

Now as they inch probably closer to their mean, what is this team really? You have to think the offense is the no. 1 concern, though. Yoenis Cespdes isn’t driving in runs, Miggy doesn’t have a night-time homer, Ian Kinsler has no homers, J.D. Martinez is a shell of what he was last year and Nick Castellanos looks like he is ripe for a head-clearing stint in the minors. If they can’t get this offense turned around they will not be competitive for much longer.
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Why Didn’t Brad Ausmus Leave Rajai Davis in Sunday Night’s Game?

After much deliberation over what went down during the Detroit Tigers’ frustrating 2-1 Sunday night loss to Kansas City, just one question remains unanswered …

Not why Brad Ausmus pulled Miguel Cabrera for a pinch-runner. It backfired, obviously, in part because Davis did not even attempt a steal despite being on the bases for the next five batters.

It’s also not why Ausmus asked Anthony Gose and then, worse yet, Ian Kinsler to attempt sacrifice bunts in the 10th with the tying run in scoring position already. Those decisions were baffling, what with Hernan Perez lurking in Miguel Cabrera’s vacated spot in the lineup, and the Tigers a hit away from knotting the game at two regardless. Greg Holland walked both Gose and Kinsler, so that discussion is rather moot.
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Mike Babcock Rumors: Edmonton Oilers ‘May Not Want to Wait’

The Pittsburgh Penguins apparently have taken themselves out of the running in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes. Could the Edmonton Oilers be next? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Sunday afternoon that Edmonton “is concerned about waiting for Babcock and not getting him. As a result, they are working on closing a deal with Todd McLellan.”

That’s interesting news for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that Edmonton was considered one of the potential frontrunners for Babcock’s services. Besides offering the allure of coaching a Canadian franchise, the Oilers are well-stocked with young talent and soon will add superstar prospect Connor McDavid with the draft’s top pick.

McLellan, an assistant under Babcock in Detroit and member of the 2007-08 Stanley Cup-winning staff, also was thought to be a likely candidate to replace Babcock if the Red Wings’ current coach departed.
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