I hope I did my math right, but the number in the title has some significance. The Tigers sit at 45-41 right now and with six games left in the first half, they need just one win to finish going into the break with at least a .500 record. Since Jim Leyland took over the team in 2006 and the Tigers got “good” their combined record in the second half of the previous five years is 170-200.
So, while the Tigers have given us some hope in the first half in most of the last six years, they’ve also left us wanting in most of those years as well after mediocre to poor second halfs. Hopefully this year is the difference. Here’s some interesting facts I dug up while putting the numbers together. All of these are since 2006.
The Tigers have never had a losing record in the first half. Their worse was 47-47 in 2008. Their best was 2006 when they started 59-29. They’ve never had a winning record in the second half. Their best record is 38-38 which was 2009. Kind of along these same lines, the Tigers have had at least 47 wins in the first half (this could be broken this year) and they’ve never had more then 38 in the second half.