Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tigers Extend Streak to 11 Games

The Tigers shutout the White Sox 5-0 tonight to extend their winning streak to 11 games.  They are now tied for the fourth longest streak in franchise history.  The 1909 and 1934 teams, both pennant winners, had 14 game winning streaks.  The fourth-place 1927 team had a streak of 13 games.  The exact dates of the streaks are shown in the table below.

Table: Tigers Longest Winning Streaks

Start Date
End     Date
July 31
August 14
August 19
September 2
August 10
August 22

Source: Baseball-Reference

Beyond the streak, the Tigers are now 21-4  which is tied for their most wins ever in 25 games.  The last time they did that was in 1984.  That team, of course, went on to go 35-5 to the start the season.  They won 104 regular-season games overall enroute to the most recent Tigers championship.

(Note: They were 21-3 with one tie in 1909)

An individual streak was also extended tonight.  Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to gain his 23rd win of the year and 11th in a row.  That is the longest Tigers individual winning streak since Jeremy Bonderman had 11in 2006.  Bobo Newsome won 13 in a row in 1940 and School Boy Rowe won 12 in succession in 1934.

The Tigers will go for win number 12 in a row tomorrow afternoon with Brad Penny on the mound.

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