I haven’t gone back and checked the record books yet, but I think the worst start ever would be the 1988 Orioles. They started out 0-21 (at least that can’t happen), won one game, then lost two more to start 1-23. They ended up 54-107 that season, one game worse then last year Tigers.
And I did some checking, and the Tigers finished 6-30 last year (from August 21 on). Combine that with the 1-15 start this year, and you get 7 wins and 45 losses (over roughly a third of a season’s worth of games). Sigh.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if, with the current managers, the Tigers started 5-35, the exact opposite of the 1984 Tiger’s record start.
Thanks to Retrosheet for the numbers. If you’ve never checked them out, they’re a baseball historian’s dream. Box scores, game logs, and statistics going back for just about the existance of baseball.