Tigers already ahead of schedule

The euphoria and despair of Opening Day has already been tempered by an equal and opposite reaction.

Updated: April 8, 2004, 10:54 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
That sound you hear around baseball is the great settling. In nearly every city in the land, the euphoria and despair of Opening Day success and disaster have already been tempered by an equal and opposite reaction. We are just now crossing the half-way point of the first week of the season and all but four teams have both won and lost a game. Last year at this time, there were still 13 teams that had either lost or won all their games.

One of the four exceptions is Detroit, a team that waited three weeks to win its third game last year but which now finds itself at 3-0 headed into their home opener today. The only other teams not to have both won and lost so far are Toronto (Detroit's foil), Seattle and Anaheim. Those last two have only met twice, so by the end of the day, we could be looking at no teams with a zero in their records.

Does this mean we are headed for a season of record parity? Is this going to be 2000 revisited? (That was the year that no team played worse than .400 or better than .600 -- the one and only time that has happened in baseball history.) Here are the number of teams that had either won or lost all their games to this point in the season over the past five years:

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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