Tigers still struggling in one-run games
That, however, has not been a strong point of the Detroit Tigers, who have lost their last 11 one-run games, including Sunday night’s 2-1 loss in extra innings.
They’re 17-27 in one-run games overall, a year after going 29-17 in the same scenario. At one point in August and September this year, seven straight losses were all settled by one run each, and eight of nine by a total of 10 runs.
Can it snowball on a team, though? Like have the hangover of one loss lead to another?
“No, I don’t think so. It’s just happens,” Leyland said.
“You gotta do the things that are conducive to winning games. When you start throwing the ball around, or making bad decisions as a manager, make a bad pitch at a crucial situation as a pitcher, you can expect those things might happen.”
By contrast, the Baltimore Orioles, who are are an MLB-best 27-9 in one-run games, won a franchise-record 13 straight one-games.
How much of a difference does it make?
Baltimore came into Monday a game out in the American League East division, and leading the AL Wild Card standings. The Detroit Tigers came into the day one game out in the AL Central, but six games out in the Wild Card race.