The Tigers are enjoying one of their longest win streaks in franchise history. With a sweep of Cleveland, following a few other sweeps, the team has now won 12 in a row. That ties for the fourth longest win streak in the history of the franchise, the last 12-gamer coming in 2011, and also ties for the longest streak since World War 2.
Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press put together a nice chart Thursday, which he shared on Twitter:
Since that may show up a little small, I'll bring out some highlights that can be matched this weekend:
|14||1909||Aug. 19||Sept. 2|
|14||1934||July 13||Aug. 14|
|13||1927||Aug. 10||Aug. 22|
|12||2011||Sept. 2||Sept. 14|
With a win tonight in New York, the Tigers would have their longest streak since 1927. Wins tonight and Saturday would match 1909 and 1934. A sweep in the Big Apple would result in the longest streak in Tigers franchise history.
That's pretty remarkable.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but the Yankees come into the series stinging. They've lost five of their last six, including being swept by the White Sox. They haven't won a series in the second half.
The upcoming pitching matchups:
Rick Porcello (4.28 ERA, 3.56 FIP) vs. Ivan Nova (3.08, 2.97) -- Rob's preview
Anibal Sanchez (2.58, 2.37) vs. Phil Hughes (4.87, 4.67)
Justin Verlander (3.74, 3.33) vs. Andy Pettitte (4.71, 3.90) -- The game's on TBS, by the way.
So, if the Tigers win tonight's game, things look pretty bright for a franchise record.
So, what do you think. Will the Tigers keep rolling to a historic record?