Florida has been good to the Detroit Tigers. After the two-game sweep of the Miami Marlins at home, they’ve won two more against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The big question remains: Can the Detroit Tigers continue their winning ways when they arrive in Cleveland on Monday night?
Justin Verlander pitches against the Rays tomorrow and Mike Pelfrey takes the mound on Sunday. So, when the Tigers get to Cleveland, it is safe to say that Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris, and Michael Fulmer will pitch against the Tribe.
Luckily for the Tigers, they will miss Corey Kluber, since he will be pitching on Sunday against the Blue Jays. However, the Tigers will most likely face some combination of pitchers they have already seen like Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco, and Josh Tomlin.
The one thing going in favor of the Tigers this outing is that the Indians are currently on a 14-game winning streak. In the world of baseball, all streaks eventually come to an end. The numbers tend to balance out, so there has to be a loss coming up at some point. This is the longest winning streak in Cleveland Indians history.
From 2000 to now, the longest winning streak belongs to the Oakland A’s who won 20 in a row in 2002, which is the longest winning streak in American League history. Other than that, the Seattle Mariners had a streak of 15 wins in 2001, the Rays won 14 in a row in 2004, and now the Indians have their streak. The numbers never lie when it comes to baseball.
Hopefully, the number will work in the Tigers’ favor this time.
By the way, the Tigers longest win streak was 14 games and it was accomplished twice – in 1909 and 1934. It seems like they’re due for a new one.
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The Tigers also have a few other number going in their favor. The Indians have an outstanding home record that is due to be adjusted. The Indians are currently 23-12 at home. The Tigers are 19-22 on the road. The Tigers are due to add wins and the Indians are due for a few losses. The way baseball numbers can quickly turn could be a good thing for Detroit.
When it comes to numbers and baseball, the Tigers have proven in 2016 that streaks do end. For example, Verlander got his first win in the new Yankee Stadium. The other streak that ended this season is the fact that the Tigers usually do not score many runs when they play at Tropicana Field. The 10 runs scored yesterday and today are the most the Tigers have ever scored in St. Petersburg. Since 2010, the Tigers have only scored more than 5 runs at Tropicana Field 4 times in 21 games.
It is time to end the long-running 2016 streak when the Tigers get to Cleveland on Monday. Make it a Happy Fourth of July for the fans of the Old English D.