Stupid Humbug Stat Tricks - 'There must be ... 7 games to be a loser' edition
Much has been already written about the Tigers awful start. How no team starting 0-7 has made the playoffs and the like.
But let's look at the larger picture. Just about ANY team can have a 7-game losing streak at ANY point in the season. The Tigers added a starting pitcher and all-star third baseman to, and lost a couple of relievers from, the 88-win team of 2007. Its not like they turned into the '62 Mets.
I took a look at every non-strike, non-lockout season since the 162-game schedule was implemented in 1961. There were 337 instances in which a team had a 7-game losing streak at SOME point in the season.
Yes, the '62 Mets made the list, as well as the '03 Tigers. But there were four teams that still played .600 ball for the year:
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Another 26 teams won at least 90 games and 81 more played at least .500 ball.
[But the composite won-loss record of those 337 teams was 75-87 (.464). So maybe the Tigers ARE in a bit of trouble, from a historical perspective.]