Rick Porcello

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13: The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bullpen Blues Continue As Tigers Waste Early 5-Run Lead

The Detroit Tigers worked hard during the season to shore up their vulnerable bullpen, and despite those efforts, a lack of dependable relief arms took a dramatic toll Sunday.

CBS Detroit–10/14/2013

Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers runs back to the dugout in the eighth inning during the game aginst the Washington Nationals at Comerica Park on July 31, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Nationals 11-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Official: Peralta To Left Field, Porcello To Bullpen

Leyland still has yet to reveal what his starting rotation will look like during the postseason or who will get the nod as the number one starter against a likely opponent in Oakland.

97.1 The Ticket–09/27/2013

DETROIT, MI - JULY 26: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers throws a ninth inning pitch while playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Comerica Park on July 26, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 2-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Porcello, Benoit Unexpected Bonuses For Tigers

While Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander and others – have been instrumental in the team’s success, so have Benoit and Porcello.

CBS Detroit–09/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 29:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers is greeted at home plate by Victor Martinez #41 after hitting a three-run, walk-off, home run to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 at Comerica Park on August 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Tigers Clubhouse Feels Like September As Music Pumps, Players Buoyant

The Tigers have played 150 games over the last 169 days, a schedule that definitely qualifies as a grind, but the enthusiasm for the rest of the year grows strong as the postseason gets even closer.

CBS Detroit–09/17/2013

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 4: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox salutes the fans who gave him a standing ovation after hitting a two-run home run in the 7th inning against the Detroit Tigers for hit number 2,001 during the game on September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Ortiz Leads Red Sox To 20-4 Romp Over Tigers

David Ortiz hit two of Boston’s eight homers and also doubled for his 2,000th career hit on Wednesday night to lead the Red Sox to a 20-4 romp over the Detroit Tigers.

97.1 The Ticket–09/04/2013

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

Pitcher Rick Porcello #21 (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Tigers Take On Indians In Critical Matchup

If the Cleveland Indians are to overtake Detroit atop the AL Central, they’ll need Masterson to continue his home success and help end their recent struggles against the Tigers.

97.1 The Ticket–07/05/2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 30: : Pitcher Rick Porcello #21 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 30, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello Quality In Defeat

Tigers starter Rick Porcello was certainly good enough to earn a win Sunday in Tampa Bay.

97.1 The Ticket–07/01/2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 30: Homeplate umpire Vic Carapazza #85 gives pitcher Rick Porcello #21 of the Detroit Tigers a ball as he glares at Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Tropicana Field on June 30, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Hellickson Wins 5th Game In June, Rays Beat Tigers

Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Sunday in a game that included an early warning by the umpires.

97.1 The Ticket–06/30/2013

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

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