2011Calendar.jpgA year ago, we were still stinging from Game 163 and not certain how the Tigers would respond to a crushing end to the 2009 season. Would they regress to 2008′s disappointment or regroup to erase the memory of the ’09 collapse?

The answer was: they’d be relevant. And that, ladies in gentlemen, is the extent of the analysis in this post. Instead of a deep dive into 2010, let’s look at the year in the form of randomly selected lists:

2010 At A Glance*

  • Record: 81-81, 3rd in American League Central, 13 games back of Minnesota
  • Days in First: 13, the last on July 10
  • Biggest Lead: 1, last on July 7
  • Farthest Behind: 15.5 on Sept. 15
  • Most Games over .500: 11, last on July 10
  • Most Games under .500: 5, last on Aug. 19
  • Longest Winning Streak: 7, June 11-18
  • Longest Losing Streak: 7, July 11-20
  • Most Runs Allowed: 15, June 9
  • Most Runs Scored: 13, Aug. 15
  • Longest Game (innings): 14, July 19
  • Times Shutout by Opponent: 10
  • Times Opponent Shutout: 5

Month-by-Month Records

  • April: 14-10
  • May: 12-14
  • June: 15-12
  • July: 11-15
  • August: 13-16
  • September: 15-11
  • October: 1-3

Top 11 Stories, Loosely Ranked

  1. Armando Galarraga’s Near-Perfect Game
  2. The death of Ernie Harwell
  3. The death of Sparky Anderson
  4. Miguel Cabrera’s MVP-caliber Season
  5. Austin Jackson’s Rookie Year
  6. The Post-All-Star Game Collapse
  7. Magglio Ordonez Season-ending Injury
  8. Max Scherzer’s Rebound
  9. The Other Rookies: Brennan Boesch, Casper Wells, Danny Worth
  10. Phil Coke’s Reliability
  11. Jose Valverde’s Outstanding First-Half

Day-by-Day Records

  • Monday: 8-9
  • Tuesday: 7-16
  • Wednesday: 11-16
  • Thursday: 12-4
  • Friday: 11-14
  • Saturday: 14-13
  • Sunday: 18-9

Random Nuggets of Uselessness

  • Number of games without an extra-base hit: 11
  • Max St. Pierre’s caught-stealing percentage: 0 percent
  • The Tigers’ record when Jeff Larish was in the starting lineup: 1-2
  • The Tigers’ record in Dontrelle Willis’ starts: 4-4
  • Most runners left on base in a game: 18, April 11 versus the Indians
  • Offensive production from Tigers designated hitters: 8 home runs, 67 RBI

And with that, I wish you a safe, healthy and happy new year.

*Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com