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Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers flips the ball out of his glove during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 3, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Mike Valenti: Tigers Need To Trade One Of Their Starting Pitchers

“With Scherzer going to cost what he is going to cost or likely walking away at the end of the season, trading him would get you one big piece immediately and probably another one later,” Valenti continued.

CBS Detroit–11/07/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16:  Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers throws the first pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Underrated Doug Fister Continues Streak Of Terrific Starting Pitching

On a pitching rotation that includes All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer, ERA champion Anibal Sanchez and 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander, one can easily be overlooked.

CBS Detroit–10/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14: Doug Fister # 58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals t Comerica Park on September 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers Set New AL Strikeout Record, Approach MLB Record

The Tigers set a new American League record for strikeouts in a season: 1,384.

CBS Detroit–09/25/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 19: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after being called safe on a play at the plate while Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners reacts to home plate umpire Ron Kulpa during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on September 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

AL Central-Leading Tigers Edge Mariners 5-4

Prince Fielder had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a close play at the plate, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday.

97.1 The Ticket–09/19/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers is tagged out at home by Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning to end the game at Comerica Park on September 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Royals defeated the Tigers 1-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fielder Out At Home In 9th, Royals Beat Tigers 1-0

Prince Fielder was thrown out at home plate to end the game, preserving Ervin Santana’s impressive outing and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 1-0 victory Saturday night over the Detroit Tigers.

97.1 The Ticket–09/14/2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers looks on after loading the base in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Verlander On His Season: ‘I Wouldn’t Call It Good’

All that improvement, and then … a game like Thursday.

CBS Detroit–08/23/2013

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 7: Torii Hunter #48 celebrates with Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers after Cabrera hit a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Tigers Outlast Indians 6-5 In 14 Innings

Even hours after Miguel Cabrera hit one of those home runs that define legends, the Tigers were still celebrating.

97.1 The Ticket–08/08/2013

Hernan Perez #26 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates scoring a fifth inning run with Andy Dirks #12 while playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Comerica Park on July 26, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tigers 2, Phillies 1

Alex Avila’s two-run double in the fifth inning put Detroit ahead, and Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings for the Tigers in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

97.1 The Ticket–07/26/2013

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 06: Prince Fielder #28 and Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers look to the first base umpire for a call against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on April 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Tigers’ Slipping Starters Put Pressure On Bullpen

The bottom line is that Detroit starters have lasted just five innings or fewer in four of the last five games.

The last five starting pitching performances might have stripped some of that confidence – and with good reason.

CBS Detroit–06/26/2013

Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) FILE

Detroit Wraps Up Series Against Rangers

(ARLINGTON, TEXAS)  – Based on Doug Fister’s short, but telling, road history in Texas, the Rangers should feel confident they can get the best of another Detroit Tigers starting pitcher. The surging Rangers look to […]

97.1 The Ticket–05/19/2013

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