It might help him to know that 19 Hall of Famers had 20-loss seasons. Also, he hasn't had much luck: Eight times Maroth pitched six or more innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer, and was still tagged with a loss.
Last week manager Alan Trammell pulled 20-year-old righthander Jeremy Bonderman (6-18, 5.71 ERA) from the rotation, which means that Detroit is unlikely to become the first team since the 1973 White Sox to have two 20-game losers.
However, other unceremonious records remain within reach: With a .297 on-base percentage the Tigers are on pace to be the first American League team to finish with an OBP below .300 since the Twins and the Blue Jays in 1981, and they are on track to be outscored by 335 runs, which would be the most since the '32 Red Sox had a differential of -349. Worst of all, Detroit has a shot at the '62 Mets' single-season record of 120 losses. Through Sunday the Tigers had 105 defeats, needing to win six of their final 20 games to fall short of New York's mark for futility. (All but three of those games are against winning teams.)
"It's going to be a tough month," Trammell says. "Will we weather it? Absolutely. I don't care if we don't win another game, but we can't quit It's a job, and it's 162 games."