A Look Back on Tigers’ Last 10-Game Winning Streak (Actually 11)

The Tigers tonight notched the club’s longest winning streak since 1968 when the eventual World Series champs won 11 straight. Thanks to the wonder that is Baseball-Reference.com, here’s a game-by-game look at that ’68 string.

Tigers Today: October 2, 2010

Orioles.gifTigers’ Record:

80-80, 3rd Place; 13.5 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Orioles | 7:05 p.m. ET – Oriole Park at Camden Yards | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (4-8, 4.58 ERA) vs. Brian Matusz (9-12, 4.30 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Game 1: Orioles 10 – Tigers 6

Game 2: Orioles 2 – Tigers 1

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Tigers Today: September 3, 2010

RobertsonHead.jpgTigers’ Record:

66-68, 3rd Place; 11 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals | 8:10 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (7-9, 5.27 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (8-11, 3.81 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 10 – Twins 9 (13 innings)

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Tigers Today: August 26, 2010

CandianFlag.jpgTigers’ Record:

63-64, 3rd Place; 9 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Blue Jays | 7:07 p.m. ET – Rogers Centre | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (9-9, 3.73 ERA) vs. Ricky Romero (10-7, 3.50 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Royals 4 – Tigers 3 (12 innings)

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Tigers Today: June 14, 2010

Tigers’ Record:

33-29, 2nd place; 2.5 GB Minnesota

Today’s Game

Off Day

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 4 – Pirates 3

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 1969 — The Tigers acquired infielder/outfielder Tom Tresh from the Yankees for outfielder Ron Woods

Tigers Today: April 23, 2010

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Tigers’ Record: 9-7, 2nd place; 2 GB behind Minnesota

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Rangers | 8:05 p.m. ET – Rangers Ballpark in Arlington | On the air: FSD PLUS/AM 1270

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.12 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman (1-1, 4.41 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 5 – Angels 4

Tigers History Lesson

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 2005Earl Wilson, died in Southfield at the age of 70. In 1962, he became the first African-American pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter when he blanked the Angels 2-0 on June 22 at Fenway Park.

    In 1967, his first full season in Detroit, he led the A.L. with 22 wins. In his 11 seasons with Boston, Detroit and San Diego, Wilson went 121-109 with a 3.69 ERA. For the Tigers he worse number 16.

    Not only was he a reliable starter, but he offered Mayo Smith some surprising punch from the bottom of the order: Wilson hit 35 homers and drove in 111 runs over his career.

Wednesday Walewanders

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  • Dontrelle Willis returns to the D as a reliever. If he continues to pitch the way he has in Spring Training and early in the regular season, his name might very well end up ahead of Damion Easley as the Tigers most expensive contract-as-main-course ever. Rob Neyer‘s already weighed in on the move.

  • Speaking of Mr. Neyer, in case you haven’t listened, today I posted an interview with him on the podcast. He thinks the Tigers are still very much alive in the A.L. Central; it’s Kenny Rogers and Willis, Neyer’s all but certain, who’re finished.

  • In case you need one more article on the effect of Jim Leyland‘s verbal fireworks, check out Mike Bauman‘s column on MLB.com.

  • Baseball and poetry? Why not? In college I penned a poem about my first game at Tiger Stadium. At BardBall.com, Tigers fan Jim Garner publishes baseball poetry — doggerel to be exact (I had to look it up). He’s featuring a poem on Freddy Dolsi’s first major league pitch. You remember it, the one to Manny Ramirez that might still be sailing. Here’s a sampling:

    Freddy went down the middle

    To show off his heat.

    Manny clobbered that apple

    Five hundred feet.

  • Remember Andrew Miller? (Ahem.) He has a birthday today — his 23rd. Other former Tigers celebrating include: Bryce Florie, Bob Molinaro and Earl Averill.

  • Wondering how some former Tigers are faring with their new clubs? Me too:
    • Chris Shelton, Rangers: .179, 2 HR, 3 RBI
    • Wil Ledezma, Padres: 0-1, 3.54 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
    • Tony Clark, Padres: .238, 0 HR, 1 RBI
    • Mike Rabelo, Marlins: .219, 1 HR, 7 RBI

    And here comes the Omaha Royals Trio:

    • Mike Maroth: 0-2, 12.91 ERA in three starts (7.2 IP)
    • Roman Colon: 0-0, 6.30 ERA in 10 IP
    • Jason Smith: .253, 10 HR, 27 RBI (His 10 homers lead the team.)

Finally, from Baseball-Reference.com, on this date in 1967, Earl Wilson gives Detroit its third straight win over the Yankees, 9-4. Mickey Mantle hits his fifth homer in six games but it’s not enough for Whitey Ford, who appears in his last ML game.