Here are five numbers to know about the Detroit Tigers (37-48) as they finish their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Monday.
The Tigers lost a season-high 11 straight games from June 19-30, dropping three series in a row. It was Detroit’s longest losing streak since losing 11 in a row from Aug. 13-23, 2003. In case you forgot, the Tigers lost an American League-record 119 games in 2003. During this season’s 11-game swoon, the Tigers were outscored by the opposition, 68-29.
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Over Jordan Zimmermann’s past five starts, he has turned back the clock. The 32-year-old right-hander has not allowed more than five hits and three earned runs in each of his past five outings, including Sunday against the Blue Jays. He threw seven innings, and allowed five hits and one earned run.
Nicholas Castellanos is experiencing the best season of his six-year major league career. This season marks the first time in which he reached 100 hits in under 85 games. It took him 81 games to collect hits No. 100 and 101.
Dixon Machado continues to struggle at the plate. The 26-year-old second baseman hit .190 with a .547 on-base plus slugging percentage in 16 games and 47 plate appearances in June.
Machado also hasn’t hit a home run since hitting a walk-off blast April 18 against the Baltimore Orioles. Since hitting his lone home run on the season, he has gone 176 consecutive plate appearances without producing another long ball.
Buck Farmer hasn’t allowed a run in nine consecutive games, dating back to the one-inning appearance he made June 9 vs. the Cleveland Indians. In that same span (over 9⅔ innings), the 27-year-old righty has permitted four hits, and opponents are batting .125.