Friday, August 09, 2013

Tigers Chasing History With Winning Streak

After an electrifying four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, the Tigers now own a twelve-game winning streak, the third longest in franchise history.  Most fans remember their other 12-game winning streak spanning from September 2 to September 14, 2011.  They still need two more wins to match their longest ever.  They won 14 in succession from August 19 to September 2, 1909 and again from July 31 to August 14, 1934.

The Tigers' winning ways go beyond 12 games though.  They are 16-1 since July 21, a record matched only by the 1984 squad.  Sparky Anderson's magic team actually accomplished that feat twice.  Their famous 35-5 run began and ended with 16-1 stretches.

No Detroit team has ever gone 17-1, a record the Tigers can reach if the win tonight versus the Yankees (or tomorrow if tonight's game gets postponed due to rain).  Table 1 below extracted from data on Baseball-Reference's Play Index shows the best Tigers records after X number of games. 

Table 1: Tigers Best Records Ever

Games
Record
Years
14
14-0
1909, 1934
15
14-1
Many times, inc. 2013
16
15-1
1911, 1984, 2006, 2013
17
16-1
1984, 2013
18
16-2
Many times, inc. 2013
19
17-2
1911, 1949,1984, 2006
20
18-2
1911, 1949,1984
25
22-3
1909
30
26-4
1984
35
30-5
1984
40
35-5
1984
Data source: Baseball-Reference.com

4 comments:

  1. Well still doesn't take away the great moment of seeing Cabby hit the Homer off of Mariano right after 2 shots to his own knee. That was pretty damn epic. Although going back to what I was saying before about not having both Cabby and Prince on the field at the same time, this was a situation where I bet Iglesias makes the play that Miggy could not. And this particular one could have been a big save opportunity for a better fielder.

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  2. That Cabrera homer was definitely a great moment. Dan Dickerson got so excited, he scared me.

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    1. I'll remember that moment more than any playoff victory that isn't followed up by a World Series victory. I also would have stuck with throwing the ball at Cabby's knees as long as he was going to religiously swing at them. I'm guessing the Catcher threw things off and messed it all up, but to me Mariano should have went right back for the same pitch and tried to own Cabrera for an epic moment of his own.

      But he chose...poorly.

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    2. And another Homer by Cabby off Mariano. When is Rivera going to learn that he'll never be as good as Miggy. tsk tsk tsk

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