Tigers and negative run differential
With Friday’s 3-0 loss, the Tigers entered Saturday on top of the AL Central despite allowing more runs (673) than they’ve scored (670). Just two teams since 2000 have won a division with a negative run differential, and both came out of the NL West: the 2007 Diamondbacks and 2005 Padres.
The last American League team to do it? The 1987 Twins (786 runs scored, 806 runs allowed). You may remember them as the World Series champions, because they were so strong at home. They were +63 at the Metrodome, but minus-83 everywhere else. Not surprisingly, the Tigers have a similar split: +63 at Comerica Park, minus-66 on the road.