More history in Tigers start
OK, we’re done with the whole innings without a run, or then an earned run, thing. But what the Tigers have done through four games remains historic. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Detroit is just the third team in Major League history to score at least 30 runs and allow no more than five runs in their first four games. The only other modern MLB team to do it was the 2007 Mets, who plowed through St. Louis and Atlanta by a combined 31-3 through four games. They became better known for the way they finished, losing six of their final seven games to squander the NL East title and a playoff berth.
The other team with that good of a run differential through four games? It was the 1888 Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association, who swept the Cleveland Blues in a season-opening four-game set by a 31-5 margin. The Bridegrooms, too, finished second in their league, going 88-52.