With the loss to the Oakland Athletics last night, the Detroit Tigers have become the first team to reach 100 losses in the 2019 season.
There is no doubt that the 2019 Detroit Tigers are a historically bad team, and now they have hit a new landmark to further solidify that status. With Detroit’s loss last night to the Oakland Athletics, they have become the first team to reach 100 losses in the 2019 season.
Detroit was not expected to be good this season, being in the middle of a rebuild, but they did have a decent start to the year which gave some fans a small glimpse of hope. This quickly turned around, however, due to injuries and flat out poor performances. Then at the trade deadline, their two most consistent players were traded away for prospects.
The Tigers are at risk of having their worst season ever this year. If they are unable to win any of their remaining games, they will finish 42-120, which will be worse than the 2003 Tigers that went 43-119. Given how the Tigers have played over the second half of the season, this is a realistic possibility. They do play a four-game series against the Orioles and a three-game series against the White Sox, so they will likely win a few of these games and avoid this.
Despite the Tigers’ horrible record, they have had some solid young talent step up. Players like Victor Reyes, Ronny Rodriguez, and Dawel Lugo have shown that they have the potential to perform at the major league level. There is also a lot of talent in Detroit’s farm system that shined this year, and many of these players will get opportunities next season.
This has been a painful year for Detroit fans, but if they are able to finish with the worst record, which seems likely at this point, the Tigers will be able to get the first overall draft pick. It is almost worth it at this point, given how awful the rest of the season has been.