Tigers add new type of loss to repertoire

Updated: July 22, 2003, 10:05 AM ET
By Jim Baker | ESPN Insider
One of the interesting things about the 2003 season is that the team with the best record in baseball has suffered beatings far worse than the team with the worst record. The Atlanta Braves are currently 38 games better than the Detroit Tigers but have had to absorb beatings far more humiliating than the Tigers have. Three times this year have they been on the receiving end of right good thrashings, the combined scores of which are 53-4.

April 5: Lost 17-1 to Florida
April 9: Lost 16-2 to Philadelphia
July 1: Lost 20-1 to Florida

Prior to Sunday, the Tigers three biggest losses had almost seemed genteel by comparison:
Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.