Game 2015.13: Yankees at Tigers

ESPN seems to be quite fascinated by the Amazing Mets of ’15, and not too much interested in the Tigers (although they are on ESPN tonight because: Yankees). The New York Times, however, had a nice piece on the Tigers, and how they’ve managed to have a year-in year-out history of success (four consecutive division titles), with an ever-changing lineup.

By way of illustration, here are the Tigers who played in the 2012 World Series (that’s just a few months over two years ago):

Position players, sorted by number of at bats:

Omar Infante

Jhonny Peralta

Prince Fielder

Delmon Young

Miguel Cabrera

Austin Jackson

Andy Dirks

Quintin Berry

Alex Avila

Gerald Laird

Avisail Garcia

Don Kelly

Ramon Santiago

Danny Worth

Pitchers, sorted by number of innings:

Anibal Sanchez

Max Scherzer

Doug Fister

Justin Verlander

Phil Coke

Al Alburquerque

Joaquin Benoit

Octavio Dotel

Drew Smyly

Rick Porcello

Jose Valverde

That’s five total players from their 40-Man Roster, or 12.5%, in three seasons. So I’ll throw this out there: who can think of another team in any sport with four consecutive division titles with an 87.5% roster turnover?

Today’s Undefeated at Night Lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

7 Comments

  1. PHToy in HK

    April 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I think there is a problem with your analysis/question. Some of the players on the 2012 roster were on last year’s, but not the current one. If they win it again this year, it will be impressive with only 5 of 25 players from 2012.

    • Coleman

      April 20, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      I see your point–the question assumes that this season is another winning season, when it is only 13 games old. Yet..not a bad start, eh?

      • PHToy in HK

        April 21, 2015 at 3:13 am

        I would be happier with the 11-2 start if the Royals would lose more often!

  2. Coleman

    April 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    That was a quality win.

    • PHToy in HK

      April 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Efficient too!

  3. jud

    April 21, 2015 at 1:27 am

    The LA Angels started 7 guys batting under .222 tonight…wow!…its Trout and the 7 Dwarfs!!

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    April 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Good article on ESPN about our Tigers today.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets.....plete-team