One is not the loneliest for the Detroit Tigers

Sat Oct 01 2022 at 5:26 PM

That distinction now belongs to the number “22” as in the number of times the Detroit Tigers have been shutout this season.

When you see the list of teams who have been shutout since the DH started in the AL in 1973, they all have one thing in common. It was within the first 10 years of when the DH rule was established. So when the Detroit Tigers were shutout for the 22nd time this season in last night’s 7-0 loss to the Twins, it made history, of course, for establishing the record.

There is a lot that stands out about this record.  Among the teams on the list, except for the 1981 Blue Jays, the 2022 Tigers have the largest discrepancy compared to the AL average. In 2022, it’s been at a .395 clip. Detroit’s slugging % is just .345.

Here’s the rest of the list:

1973 Yankees: AL average-.381 New York-.378

1975 Tigers: AL average-.379: Detroit-.366

1976 White Sox: AL average-.361 Chicago-.349

 

For the record books:

Query Results Table
Rk Season Team Lg HR GP W L WL% Bat# PA AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GIDP HBP SH SF IBB LOB R/Gm
1 1976 CHW AL 73 161 64 97 .398 27 6174 5532 586 1410 1082 209 46 73 538 120 53 471 739 .255 .314 .349 .663 94 1930 104 34 79 55 43 1199 3.6
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Rk Season Team Lg HR GP W L WL% Bat# PA AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GIDP HBP SH SF IBB LOB R/Gm
1 1973 NYY AL 131 162 80 82 .494 23 6064 5492 641 1435 1075 212 17 131 616 47 43 489 680 .261 .322 .378 .700 101 2074 142 22 27 34 34 1133 4.0
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Rk Season Team Lg HR GP W L WL% Bat# PA AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GIDP HBP SH SF IBB LOB R/Gm
1 1981 TOR AL 61 106 37 69 .349 25 3887 3521 329 797 576 137 23 61 314 66 57 284 556 .226 .286 .330 .617 74 1163 72 20 44 18 23 658 3.1
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Rk Season Team Lg HR GP W L WL% Bat# PA AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GIDP HBP SH SF IBB LOB R/Gm
1 1975 DET AL 125 159 57 102 .358 23 5853 5366 570 1338 1003 171 39 125 546 63 57 383 872 .249 .301 .366 .666 86 1962 120 28 37 38 26 1029 3.6
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Rk Season Team Lg HR GP W L WL% Bat# PA AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GIDP HBP SH SF IBB LOB R/Gm
1 2022 DET AL 102 156 63 93 .404 22 5647 5175 529 1194 835 230 27 102 505 43 22 364 1362 .231 .286 .345 .631 83 1784 107 56 10 42 8 978 3.4
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Detroit Tigers lack of power

It’s pretty clear Detroit lacks power. Unless Javier Baez goes on a home run tear, this will mark the 5th time since the DH era began, no Detroit Tigers player will hit 20 home runs. 2019, 1976, 1974 and 1973 were the other seasons.

Here’s the list of Tigers’ teams who have at least one or more players who hit 20 home runs.

Query Results Table
Rk Lg Season Count
Player List
1 AL 1986 6 Darnell Coles, Darrell Evans, Kirk Gibson, Lance Parrish, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker
2 AL 2016 5 Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez, Justin Upton
3 AL 1997 5 Tony Clark, Damion Easley, Travis Fryman, Bobby Higginson, Melvin Nieves
4 AL 1996 5 Tony Clark, Cecil Fielder, Travis Fryman, Bobby Higginson, Melvin Nieves
5 AL 1991 5 Rob Deer, Cecil Fielder, Travis Fryman, Mickey Tettleton, Lou Whitaker
6 AL 1987 5 Darrell Evans, Kirk Gibson, Chet Lemon, Matt Nokes, Alan Trammell
7 AL 2008 4 Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Magglio Ordóñez, Marcus Thames
8 AL 2007 4 Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillén, Magglio Ordóñez, Gary Sheffield
9 AL 2006 4 Brandon Inge, Craig Monroe, Magglio Ordóñez, Marcus Thames
10 AL 1998 4 Tony Clark, Damion Easley, Luis Gonzalez, Bobby Higginson
11 AL 1992 4 Rob Deer, Cecil Fielder, Travis Fryman, Mickey Tettleton
12 AL 1985 4 Darrell Evans, Kirk Gibson, Lance Parrish, Lou Whitaker
13 AL 2021 3 Robbie Grossman, Eric Haase, Jonathan Schoop
14 AL 2017 3 Nick Castellanos, Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton
15 AL 2014 3 Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez
16 AL 2009 3 Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Brandon Inge
17 AL 2000 3 Juan González, Bobby Higginson, Dean Palmer
18 AL 1999 3 Tony Clark, Damion Easley, Dean Palmer
19 AL 1993 3 Cecil Fielder, Travis Fryman, Mickey Tettleton
20 AL 1984 3 Kirk Gibson, Chet Lemon, Lance Parrish
21 AL 1983 3 Larry Herndon, Chet Lemon, Lance Parrish
22 AL 1979 3 Steve Kemp, Champ Summers, Jason Thompson
23 AL 1977 3 Ben Oglivie, Rusty Staub, Jason Thompson
24 AL 2013 2 Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder
25 AL 2012 2 Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder
26 AL 2011 2 Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta
27 AL 2005 2 Craig Monroe, Dmitri Young
28 AL 2004 2 Carlos Guillén, Carlos Peña
29 AL 2003 2 Craig Monroe, Dmitri Young
30 AL 1995 2 Chad Curtis, Cecil Fielder
31 AL 1994 2 Cecil Fielder, Kirk Gibson
32 AL 1982 2 Larry Herndon, Lance Parrish
33 AL 1980 2 Steve Kemp, Lance Parrish
34 AL 1978 2 Rusty Staub, Jason Thompson
35 AL 2018 1 Nick Castellanos
36 AL 2015 1 J.D. Martinez
37 AL 2010 1 Miguel Cabrera
38 AL 1990 1 Cecil Fielder
39 AL 1989 1 Lou Whitaker
40 AL 1988 1 Darrell Evans
41 AL 1975 1 Willie Horton
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It is pretty clear what Detroit will need next year. No, not move in the fences. To bring back the power.