Thursday, April 9, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Tigers join an exclusive club

David Price and the Tigers haven't allowed a run in two games
(18 innings) to start the 2015 season. (MLB)

The Detroit Tigers joined an elite group yesterday after their 11-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Detroit became just the 14th team since 1900 to open the season by pitching back-to-back shutouts. The Tigers beat the Twins in Monday's season opener 4-0.

The Washington Nationals were the most recent team to accomplish the feat, opening 2013 with a pair of shutouts against the Miami Marlins.

The last American League team to blank an opponent twice to open a campaign: The 1977 California Angels. Those Angels were led by Nolan Ryan and eventual Detroit pitcher Frank Tanana.

Only one team - the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals - has started a season with three straight shutouts. (The 2013 Nationals were close, allowing just one run in Game No. 3 against the Marlins).

Here's a table of previous teams, courtesy of baseball-reference.com's awesome Play Index (via @beckjason).


New Detroiter Shane Greene takes the mound in the season finale against the Twins today. Greene & Co. will attempt to match the '63 Cardinals against a Twins team that, quite frankly, hasn't looked good at all through two games. 

Note: The Cardinals didn't allow a run until the sixth inning of their fourth game in 1963. Here's a table (via matthewbmowery).



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