Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tigers Reach 90 Wins

A lot of fans focus on post-season victories in evaluating the success of a franchise.  While I realize that the post-season is important, I think it's largely a crap shoot as  any team can win a short series.  I believe the regular season tells us more about how good a team really is and I've long considered 90 wins to be the bench mark of a strong regular season.  It will also get a team into the playoffs most years.  The Tigers reached 90 wins with a 6-3 victor over the Royals today.  It's the 19th time in franchise history the Tigers have won that many games.

The other 90-win seasons are shown in the table below.  Their best decades have been the 1960's (four 90 win seasons), 1980s (three) and 1900s (three).  They failed to win 90 games in a season in the 1990s, and 1920s. 

Table 1: Tigers 90-Win Seasons 


Year
W
L
2011
90
65
2006
95
67
1987
98
64
1984
104
58
1983
92
70
1971
91
71
1969
90
72
1968
103
59
1967
91
71
1961
101
61
1950
95
59
1946
92
62
1940
90
64
1935
93
58
1934
101
53
1915
100
54
1909
98
54
1908
90
63
1907
92
58

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