April 4th, 2008

For reference sake

Six teams since 1900 have started a season 0-4 or worse and gone on to make the postseason. All of them were in the divisional play era:

  1. 1999 Diamondbacks — NL West champs
  2. 1995 Reds — NL Central champs
  3. 1985 Cardinals — NL Champs
  4. 1981 Astros — NL Wild Card
  5. 1977 Phillies — NL East champs
  6. 1974 Pirates — NL East champs
  7. 1969 Twins — AL West champs

Stretch that out to 0-5, and only the ’95 Reds and ’74 Pirates pulled that off.

Friday: Tigers vs. White Sox

A little behind schedule on the posting today while trying to get the Sheffield injury info out. But here are the lineups if you need them. For Detroit:

  1. Thomas, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 1B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, DH
  6. Renteria, SS
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. J. Jones, LF
  9. Inge, 3B

And for the White Sox:

  1. Nick Swisher, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Jim Thome, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Joe Crede, 3B
  9. Juan Uribe, 2B
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