The Detroit Tigers are on pace to have one of the worst records in franchise history this season.
Yes, it’s not even Memorial Day. Yes, the team could theoretically get better as the season goes on. But as of this writing, the 2022 Detroit Tigers are on pace to win 54 games this season, which would be the fifth fewest in franchise history. That’s really, really bad.
It’s even worse when you consider the team had the goal of making the playoffs this season. Would a team that has playoff aspirations be on pace to score approximately 460 runs this season, well over 100 less than both the 2003 and 2019 Tigers?
This year’s Tigers have way more talent on the roster compared to these teams, which makes it all the more confusing as to why they are so bad. Yes, injuries have played a factor, but most of the injuries have been to the pitching staff, and they’ve still held up their end of the bargain.
It’s hard to compare a couple of the teams ahead of this year’s team in ineptitude because they played in different eras, but we’re still going to try. If there’s one thing all of these teams have in common, it’s that they were all terrible. Let’s just go in descending order, starting with the worst team in Detroit Tigers franchise history.