Detroit Tigers around the Way: Week of June 7, 2009

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJune 9, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 08: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers has words with home plate umpire Bill Miller #26 after striking out against the Chicago White Sox on June 8, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Tigers have been busy as of late, and are currently on a 11-game, 11-day road trip. Detroit's current series has them battling their AL Central foes, the Chicago White Sox.

Breaking news, rumors, and other notes are always being released from all Major League teams, and so—like planned—here are some recent news, rumors, and other things you should know about the Detroit Tigers for this week of June 7, 2009.


Detroit looking for pitching in 2009 MLB Rookie Draft on Tuesday

Detroit loves pitchers. They look to make that obvious once again, as reportedly they will search for solid arms in this year's Rookie Draft.

In the last few seasons, the Tigers have selected pitchers like Justin Verlander, Kyle Sleeth, Cody Satterwhite, Ryan Perry, and Rick Porcello.

Some choices for the Tigers on the mound are high schooler's Tyler Matzek, Jacob Turner, Shelby Miller, and Matthew Purke.


Ryan Perry optioned to Triple-A Toledo

The Tigers needed to make room for Jeremy Bonderman somehow, and Ryan Perry got the short end of the stick.

The Tigers 2008 First Round selection in the Rookie draft went 0-1 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings of work so far this season. Perry struggled as of late, giving up four hits and two earned runs in his last 4.2 innings of work.

Ryan Perry made the Tigers team, although before Opening Day this season he had no experience past Single-A ball. Jim Leyland wasn't especially happy with the move that they had to make to send him down, but he knows it had to be done.


Miguel Cabrera still behind All-Star voting leaders

Is .340, 10 HR, and 38 RBI not enough? I guess not. As of now, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is in fourth place at his position in the American League.

His 649,955 votes rank him behind Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, and Justin Morneau. Teixeira is understandable with his 18 home runs and 51 RBI. This year's company at first in the AL is very tight, all four of these guys deserve to get into the 2009 All-Star game.

But, I do believe the fans need a lesser say in who plays in the Mid-Summer Classic, but hey, that's my opinion.


Interleague action continues in Pittsburgh

If you would have told me this a week ago I would have said an easy sweep for the Tigers. But since the Pirates traded away All-Star center fielder Nate McClouth, Pittsburgh has really come alive, especially rookie Andrew McCutchen.

Since June 4, McCutchen is hitting .400 with 5 RBI and two triples (those being in one game). Oh yeah, and an OPS of 1.023.

The Tigers will continue the interleague play against the McCutchen led Buccos, after they lost two of three to the Rockies in late May. Matchups look to be Porcello-Snell, Galarraga-Duke, and Bonderman-Ohlendorf.

There you have it, a quick rundown of some Detroit Tiger headlines from this week past and upcoming. Detroit will finish their series with the White Sox this week, then will head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series with the Buccos.