CHICAGO -- Justin Verlander has drawn national attention for his winless start, despite 16 scoreless innings and one bad one. The way the Tigers' first week has gone, he has plenty of company in the win column.
None of the Tigers' starters have wins. In fact, Verlander's loss to the Rays on Wednesday was the only decision for anybody in the rotation through the first six games.
If that sounds historic, it is. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Detroit is the first team in Major League history to win at least five of its first six games without a starting pitcher getting a win.
Each of the first five victories went to relievers, two of the first three to Duane Below.