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Tigers haven't lost 8 in row (yet) under Leyland

Posted on: May 3, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 2:58 pm
 
In the 10 years before they hired Jim Leyland, the Tigers had 18 losing streaks of at least eight games (including six that hit double-digits).

In five-plus years with Leyland as manager, the Tigers have never lost more than seven straight.

They're at seven now, facing CC Sabathia and the Yankees on Tuesday night as they try to avoid making it eight.

Already, the seven-game losing streak forced the Tigers into a roster move. They called up second baseman Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Toledo, where he was leading the International League in hitting.

Leyland also told reporters that he may cut back on slumping Magglio Ordonez's playing time, especially once Victor Martinez comes off the disabled list Wednesday.

How special is it that the Tigers have gone more than five years without an eight-game skid?

Special, but not unheard of.

Seven other teams have avoided an eight-game losing streak in the same span, and two of them -- the Red Sox and Twins -- haven't even had a seven-gamer. The Twins, however, have a current six-game streak, heading into Tuesday's game in Chicago.

The Twins' last seven-game losing streak -- and their last eight-game losing streak -- came in 2003. The Red Sox haven't lost seven or more in a row since 2001, when they lost nine straight.

The other teams that have avoided an eight-game losing streak for at least five years:

-- The Mets, who somewhat surprisingly haven't done it since 2004.

-- The Angels, whose last eight-gamer came in 1999, under Terry Collins.

-- The Phillies, whose last eight-gamer came in 2000, under Terry Francona.

-- The Rangers, whose last eight-gamer came in 2005, under Buck Showalter.

-- The Yankees, whose last eight-gamer came in 1995, also under Showalter.

And the teams with the most eight-game losing streaks in the last five years?

The Orioles and Pirates, with eight apiece (that's eight eight-game losing streaks).
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