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Is this the year Tigers win in the second half?

Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 9:30 pm
 
After the Tigers traded for Wilson Betemit Wednesday afternoon, general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Detroit what we already knew: He's trying hard to add a starting pitcher.

The Tigers might have as much motivation as any team shopping on this July's trade market. Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland both have contracts that run out at the end of the year, with no guarantee that either will return if the Tigers don't win. And the Tigers are in a tight race in the very winnable American League Central; they moved half a game ahead of the Indians when Cleveland lost to the Twins on Wednesday afternoon.

To win the division, the Tigers will likely need to do something they haven't done in more than a decade -- win more games than they lose in the second half of the season.

The Tigers haven't had a winning second half since 2000, when Phil Garner was the manager, Randy Smith was the general manager and Juan Gonzalez was the cleanup hitter. They've had just one winning second half since 1991, when Sparky Anderson was the manager and Cecil Fielder was the cleanup hitter.

One reason -- at least a small reason -- is that most of their midseason trades have not worked out.

In 2009, Jarrod Washburn went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA, and Aubrey Huff hit .189 with just two home runs. In 2008, Kyle Farnsworth had a 6.75 ERA and three blown saves.

Even in 2006, when the Tigers went to the World Series, career .300 hitter Sean Casey hit just .245 after the Tigers acquired him from the Pirates.

The 2006 Tigers went 36-38 after the All-Star break, allowing the Twins to catch them for the AL Central title but making the playoffs as a wild-card team.

Overall, since Garner's 2000 Tigers went 41-37 after the break, the Tigers' overall second-half record is 301-444, a .404 winning percentage that translates to a 65-97 record over a 162-game season.

The Tigers went into Wednesday with a 2-2 record since the break this year.

Only two franchises in baseball have gone longer than the Tigers without posting a winning record after the All-Star break. Both the Royals and the Nationals/Expos have streaks that date back to 1996.



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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:32 pm
 

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They will if the Twins hapless GM Bill Smith continues to sit on his hands and do nothing to help out our horrendous bullpen



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Is this the year Tigers win in the second half?

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