BY CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Staff Columnist
As you may have already heard, the Tigers made a big free agent acquisition last week, the Red Wings are on a record setting streak at home, and surprisingly, the Pistons are actually close in some of the games they have played lately.
Detroit Tigers: Yes, it may be old news, but it’s still news. Prince Fielder is indeed a Detroit Tiger, just like his father. As reported early Tuesday afternoon and confirmed by the Tigers organization two days later, the former Milwaukee Brewer signed a 9-year $214 million deal to play first base and wear the Old English D.
This deal came after Victor Martinez went down with a torn ACL three weeks ago. V-Mart was the fifth batter behind first basemen Miguel Cabrera, helping cut down on intentional walks to the big man. With the Fielder signing, Cabrera will move to third base. With this move, Brandon Inge will take a much lesser role with the team. Many are questioning the move, and whether or not Cabrera will be able to play third base.
The team is still missing a fifth starter, and may look to fill that with either rookie Jacob Turner, or by way of free agency. Spring Training starts in February and Opening Day starts on April 5 against the Boston Red Sox.
Go to www.detroittigers.com to book your season tickets, or pre-order your very own Prince Fielder jersey.
Detroit Red Wings: If the Red Wings keep playing as hot as they are at home, Joe Louis Arena may just melt. Seventeen in a row it has been at the Joe. The Red Wings have broken their own franchise record of 15 consecutive home wins and are looking to break the league record of 20 consecutive wins at home.
Since the last article, the Red Wings hosted the St. Louis Blues on Monday night and won, and then traveled to Montreal to take on the Canadiens, the day before the All-Star break.
All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard earned his league best 30th win of the season, on pace to break Martin Brodeur’s record of 48 wins in a regular season. Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall each had goals for the Wings, in one of the more chippy, physical games of the regular season. It was a battle for first place and the Red Wings won that battle.
They finished the first half of the regular season on the road with a loss against Montreal, 7-2. It was a blowout, a disappointing one at that, but they are still in first place in the NHL in points even with that loss.
After the All-Star break, they won’t play at home until February 8. Until then, they travel to Calgary on Tuesday, the 31, then to Vancouver on February 2, followed by a trip to Edmonton two days later and finishing off the road trip against Phoenix on February 6.
Detroit Pistons: It’s the same old news for the Detroit Pistons, and they continue to lose. They have a total of four wins in 21 games. There is some good news though. They actually have enough talent to compete in the games they play, and although they lose, they do come close. That may not be any consolation, but for a team of these players, with the coach they have and general manager that makes all the moves, it comes as a bit of a surprise. It’s been a few years since the Pistons could compete in the NBA.
Their most recent win came against the Portland Trail Blazers over a week ago, 94-91. In their more recent losses, they have only been blown out once. They lost to the Miami Heat 101-98 in overtime, and then to the Atlanta Hawks 107-101 in overtime. They were blown out by the Philadelphia 76’ers 95-74 this past Saturday.
As the season progresses, the Pistons will more than likely continue to lose, and end up with a high draft pick in the NBA lottery. Their next game will be against the New York Knicks tonight, and their next home game will be against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30pm on Friday.