2015 Detroit Tigers season

2015 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Record 74–87 (.460)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
General manager(s) Al Avila
Dave Dombrowski (released August 4)
Manager(s) Brad Ausmus
Local television Fox Sports Detroit
(Mario Impemba, Rod Allen, Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson)
Local radio Detroit Tigers Radio Network
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2015 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 115th season, and their 16th season at Comerica Park. This season saw the release of President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski, who had been with the team since 2002. In a season plagued by injuries to star players Justin Verlander, Víctor Martínez, Miguel Cabrera, José Iglesias, and Aníbal Sánchez, the Tigers finished in last place in their division with a 74–87 record, had their first losing season since 2008, and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Roster moves

Front office

  • On August 4, the Tigers released Team President and general manager Dave Dombrowski and promoted assistant general manager Al Avila to the role of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager take his place.[1]

Coaching staff


  • On October 31, the Tigers picked up the $7 million contract option for relief pitcher Joakim Soria.[4]
  • On November 14, the Tigers signed designated hitter Víctor Martínez to a four-year, $68 million contract extension.[5]
  • On November 14, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan to a minor league contract.[6]
  • On November 17, the Tigers picked up the $5.4 million contract option for catcher Alex Avila.[7]
  • On November 20, the Tigers claimed relief pitcher Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros.[8]
  • On November 21, the Tigers signed outfielder Xavier Avery to a minor league contract.[9]
  • On January 5, the Tigers signed first baseman Jordan Lennerton to a minor league contract.[10]
  • On January 6, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to a one-year, $1 million contract, and designated relief pitcher Luke Putkonen for assignment.[11]
  • On January 12, the Tigers signed infielder Josh Wilson to a minor league contract.[12]
  • On January 14, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth to a minor league contract.[13]
  • On January 16, the Tigers avoided arbitration when they reached one-year deals with pitchers David Price and Alfredo Simón, and outfielder J. D. Martinez. Price received a $19.75 million salary for 2015, setting a record for the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.[14]
  • On January 24, the Tigers avoided arbitration with pitcher Al Alburquerque, agreeing on a one-year contract worth $1.725 million.[15]
  • On February 21, the Tigers signed outfielder Casper Wells to a minor league contract.[16]
  • On February 24, the Tigers re-signed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $1 million contract.[17]
  • On February 27, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Ryan Perry to a minor league contract.[18]
  • On April 23, the Tigers re-signed relief pitcher Luke Putkonen to a minor league contract.[19]



Season highlights

Individual accomplishments



  • On April 14, Shane Greene became the first Tigers pitcher to pitch eight innings or more without an earned run in consecutive starts to begin the season since Bob Sykes in 1978.[56]
  • On April 19, Shane Greene became the first Tigers pitcher to pitch at least seven innings and allow one run or fewer in each of his first three starts since Jack Morris in 1984.[57]
  • On April 25, Alfredo Simón became the first Tigers pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Frank Tanana in 1988.[58]
  • On June 12, David Price became the first Tigers pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout in 93 pitches or fewer since Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game on June 2, 2010. Price became just the fifth Tigers pitcher in the last 15 years to throw back-to-back complete games, following Rick Porcello, Justin Verlander, Mark Redman and Steve Sparks.[59]
  • On June 12, David Price became just the second Tigers pitcher since 1983 to induce four double plays in a game, and the first since Jeremy Bonderman in 2007.[59]
  • On August 20, Alfredo Simón recorded his first career complete game shutout in the Tigers 4–0 win over the Texas Rangers. He allowed only one hit in the game, a double to Rougned Odor in the fifth inning, while walking two and striking out five.[60]
  • On August 23, Blaine Hardy's homerless streak of 84 23 innings ended after allowing a home run to Mike Napoli. This was the longest active homerless innings streak in the major leagues. The last time Hardy had allowed a home run was to Jason Castro on June 27, 2014. Hardy holds the franchise record for the most appearances by a left-hander without allowing a home run, at 87, and was two appearances away from tying Bernie Boland's record for 89 homerless games. Boland's streak lasted from 1915 to 1920, and covered 198 23 innings.[61]
  • On August 26, Justin Verlander came within three outs of his third career no-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, before allowing a double to Chris Iannetta. This was his seventh career complete game shutout, and second career complete game one-hitter. This marked the seventh time in the last five seasons Verlander carried a no-hit bid into at least the seventh inning, two more than any other pitcher in baseball.[62][63]


Team accomplishments

  • The Tigers opened the regular season with consecutive shutout wins for the first time in franchise history. They became the 14th team in the last 100 years to do so, and the first American League team to do so since the 1977 California Angels.[68]
  • The Tigers extended their shutout streak by six innings, before allowing an unearned run. The Tigers set a modern-day American League record for shutout innings to begin a season at 24 innings, surpassing the previous record of 22 innings set by the 1947 Chicago White Sox. The Tigers' 24-inning scoreless streak to begin the season is the third-longest streak in Major League history.[69][70]
  • The Tigers went 32 innings to start the season before allowing an earned run, tying the modern day Major League record set by the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.[71]
  • The Tigers became the third team in Major League history to score at least 30 runs in their first four games while allowing five or fewer, the other teams being the 2007 New York Mets and the 1888 Brooklyn Bridegrooms.[72]
  • On April 12, the Tigers recorded their sixth consecutive game with at least 10 hits, setting a franchise record. This is the longest streak in the Major Leagues since the 1999 Cleveland Indians had at least 10 hits in 10 consecutive games.[73]
  • The Tigers' 6–0 record to begin the season is their best start since 1985, and is tied for the second-best start to a season in franchise history.[74]
  • The Tigers went 30 23 innings without allowing a walk, from the eighth inning on April 12 against the Cleveland Indians until the second inning on April 17 against the Chicago White Sox. This was their longest stretch without allowing a walk since 1914.[75]
  • On August 19, the Tigers compiled at least 19 hits in consecutive games for the fourth time in franchise history, and the first time since June 30, 1935.[76]
  • On September 22, the Tigers came within two outs of a combined no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox, before allowing a triple to Tyler Saladino.[77]


The Tigers sent four players to the 2015 All-Star Game. First baseman Miguel Cabrera was voted in as the starter at first base in the fan voting, while shortstop José Iglesias, outfielder J. D. Martinez and pitcher David Price were selected as reserves in the player voting. Cabrera did not participate in the All-Star game due to a left calf strain.[78] The Tigers had a chance to send a fifth player to the All-Star Game this season, as outfielder Yoenis Céspedes was one of the five finalists for the AL in the All-Star Final Vote, but he was beaten out by Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals.[79][80]

Price became the winning pitcher of the game, marking the second consecutive All-Star game that featured a Tiger as the winning pitcher, following Max Scherzer who won in 2014.[81]


American League Central

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 9567 0.586 51–30 44–37
Minnesota Twins 8379 0.512 12 46–35 37–44
Cleveland Indians 8180 0.503 13½ 39–41 42–39
Chicago White Sox 7686 0.469 19 40–41 36–45
Detroit Tigers 7487 0.460 20½ 38–43 36–44

Record against opponents

2015 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Baltimore 11–83–35–14–33–43–42–40–710–96–13–310–91–68–1112–8
Boston 8–113–42–44–22–44–32–52–58–115–14–39–102–510–913–7
Chicago 3–34–310–99–105–17–124–36–132–55–24–31–53–34–39–11
Cleveland 1–54–29–107–115–29–104–27–125–23–44–35–23–33–412–8
Detroit 3–42–410–911–73–49–101–611–82–52–44–33–32–52–49–11
Houston 4–34–21–52–54–34–210–93–34–310–912–72–56–134–316–4
Kansas City 4–33–412–710–910–92–46–112–72–45–14–26–13–43–413–7
Los Angeles 4–25–23–42–46–19–101–65–22–411–812–73–312–72–58–12
Minnesota 7–05–213–612–78–113–37–122–51–54–34–34–23–32–58–12
New York 9–1011–85–22–55–23–44–24–25–13–45–112–72–56–1311–9
Oakland 1–61–52–54–34–29–101–58–113–44–36–133–410–91–511–9
Seattle 3–33–43–43–43–47–122–47–123–41–513–64–312–74–28–12
Tampa Bay 9–1010–95–12–53–35–21–63–32–47–124–33–42–510–914–6
Texas 6–15–23–33–35–213–64–37–123–35–29–107–125–22–411–9
Toronto 11–89–103–44–34–23–44–35–25–213–65–12–49–104–212–8

Game Log

Tigers win Tigers loss Game postponed

Detailed records


2015 Detroit Tigers
Pitchers Catchers





Player stats


Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Alex Avila 67178213450413.1910
Miguel Cabrera 119429641452811876.3381
Nick Castellanos 154549421403361573.2550
Yoenis Céspedes+ 102403621182821861.2933
Tyler Collins 601921851113425.2662
Rajai Davis 11234155881611830.25818
Daniel Fields 13111000.3330
Anthony Gose 14048573123248526.25423
Bryan Holaday 246431850213.2810
José Iglesias 12041644125173223.30011
Ian Kinsler 154624941853571173.29610
Marc Krauss 1233150012.1520
Dixon Machado 24686163005.2351
Jefry Marté 338091740411.2130
J. D. Martinez 1585969316833238102.2823
Víctor Martínez 120440391082001164.2450
James McCann 11440132106185741.2640
Steven Moya 922140100.1820
Hernán Pérez+ 2233120000.0611
Andrew Romine 109184254750215.25510
Josh Wilson 21384123005.3160

+Totals with Tigers only.


Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts


Matt Boyd+146.571110050⅔39371936
Buck Farmer047.36145040⅓35331724
Shane Greene486.881816083⅔67642750
Kyle Lobstein385.941311063⅔43422332
Daniel Norris+213.6888036⅔2015727
David Price+942.5321210146504129138
Kyle Ryan244.47166056⅓29282030
Aníbal Sánchez10104.9925250157898749138
Alfredo Simón13125.053131018711210568117
Justin Verlander583.3820200133⅓565032113
Randy Wolf056.2387034⅔28241528

+Totals with Tigers only.


Al Alburquerque414.2167006229293358
Joba Chamberlain+024.093000221510515
Neftalí Feliz227.62300428⅓2424923
Jeff Ferrell006.3590011⅓8846
Tom Gorzelanny225.95480039⅓28262336
Blaine Hardy533.08700061⅓23212255
Guido Knudson0018.004005101036
Ian Krol235.7933002819181726
Joe Nathan000.001010001
Ángel Nesbitt115.40240021⅔1413814
Bruce Rondón105.8135053122201936
Joakim Soria+312.85430234113131116
José Valdez014.0070094444
Drew VerHagen202.05200026⅓661413
Alex Wilson332.1959127019171138

+Totals with Tigers only.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Larry Parrish
AA Erie SeaWolves Eastern League Lance Parrish
A Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League Dave Huppert
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Andrew Graham
A-Short Season Connecticut Tigers New York–Penn League Mike Rabelo
Rookie GCL Tigers Gulf Coast League Basilio Cabrera

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Michigan[82]


  1. Avila replaces Dombrowski as Tigers GM MLB.com, August 4, 2015
  2. Trammell Returns to Tigers as Special Assistant MLB.com, November 2, 2014
  3. Newhan hired as Tigers' assistant hitting coach MLB.com, November 10, 2014
  4. Tigers Pick Up Soria's '15 Option MLB.com. October 31, 2014
  5. Four-year, $68M deal official, V-Mart eyes Series ring MLB.com, November 14, 2014
  6. Tigers bring back Hanrahan with Minor League deal MLB.com, November 14, 2014
  7. Tigers pick up 2015 option on Avila MLB.com, November 17, 2014
  8. Tigers claim Zeid from Astros, designate Carrera Archived 2014-11-23 at the Wayback Machine. MLB.com, November 20, 2014
  9. Tigers add outfielder Avery on Minors deal MLB.com, November 21, 2014
  10. Lennerton returns to Tigers on Minor League deal MLB.com, January 5, 2015
  11. Tigers ink Gorzelanny to one-year deal MLB.com, January 6, 2015
  12. Tigers sign infielder Josh Wilson to minor league deal freep.com, January 12, 2015
  13. Daniel Schlereth returns to Tigers on minor-league deal freep.com, January 14, 2015
  14. Price, Tigers reach record compromise MLB.com, January 16, 2015
  15. Tigers agree to terms with Alburquerque MLB.com, January 25, 2015
  16. Tigers bring Wells back on Minor League deal MLB.com, February 21, 2015
  17. Chamberlain returns to Tigers' bullpen on one-year deal MLB.com, February 24, 2015
  18. Tigers sign former first-round pick Perry to Minors deal MLB.com, February 27, 2015
  19. Detroit Tigers bring back right-handed reliever Luke Putkonen on a minor league deal MLive.com, April 23, 2015
  20. 1 2 Andy Dirks claimed off waivers by Toronto Blue Jays; Baltimore Orioles claim reliever Patrick McCoy MLive.com, October 31, 2014
  21. Don Kelly, Evan Reed decline minor league assignments, leave Detroit Tigers for free agency MLive.com, November 6, 2014
  22. Carrera outrighted by Tigers, becomes free agent MLB.com, November 25, 2014
  23. Blue Jays sign ex-Tigers outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to minor league deal with invite to spring training MLive.com, December 3, 2014
  24. Torii signs one-year contract to come 'home' to Twins MLB.com, December 3, 2014
  25. Braves sign reliever Johnson to one-year deal MLB.com, December 3, 2014
  26. Scherzer has 7-year, $210M deal with Nats MLB.com, January 21, 2015
  27. Reliever Smith claimed on waivers by A's MLB.com, February 26, 2015
  28. Hanrahan to undergo second Tommy John surgery MLB.com, March 4, 2015
  29. Tigers acquire hopeful starting center fielder Gose for Travis MLB.com, November 10, 2014
  30. Gregorius goes to Yanks, Ray to Arizona, Greene to Tigers MLB.com, December 5, 2014
  31. 1 2 In separate deals, Tigers land Cespedes, Simon MLB.com, December 11, 2014
  32. Tigers move quick, get three pitchers for Price MLB.com, July 30, 2015
  33. Tigers net Pirates prospect for Soria MLB.com, July 30, 2015
  34. Tigers get two pitchers from Mets for Cespedes MLB.com, July 31, 2015
  35. Tigers fill rotation vacancy with veteran Wolf MLB.com, August 20, 2015
  36. Tigers' bats stay hot in 11-0 win over the Twins freep.com, April 8, 2015
  37. Tigers shut out Twins again behind Sanchez foxnews.com, April 8, 2015
  38. Miggy's three-game stretch best by a Tiger since '52 MLB.com, April 13, 2015
  39. McCann's first career HR of inside-the-park variety MLB.com, April 29, 2015
  40. Miggy passes Big Cat with 400th homer MLB.com, May 16, 2015
  41. Miggy fifth-youngest to reach 1,400 RBIs MLB.com, May 21, 2015
  42. McCann's first two homers as a Tiger had superhero feel detroitnews.com, May 22, 2015
  43. J.D. Martinez tallies 3 homers, 6 RBIs against Yanks ESPN.com, June 21, 2015
  44. J.D. blasts three HRs as Tigers rout Yanks MLB.com, June 21, 2015
  45. McCann making most out of round-trippers MLB.com, June 28, 2015
  46. Tigers can't rally twice in 14-inning loss MLB.com, July 1, 2015
  47. Miggy homers for Venezuelan RBI record MLB.com, August 16, 2015
  48. Norris homers in 1st MLB AB, later exits hurt MLB.com, August 19, 2015
  49. Rookie Daniel Norris becomes first Tigers pitcher in live-ball era to homer in first at-bat theoaklandpress.com, August 19, 2015
  50. Castellanos helps power Tigers past Cubs MLB.com, August 19, 2015
  51. Tigers run into trouble in loss to Indians detroitnews.com, September 10, 2015
  52. V-Mart focused on improving, not 200th HR MLB.com, September 23, 2015
  53. J.D. joins 100-RBI club, but laments misplay MLB.com, September 30, 2015
  54. With season's end, Miggy wins batting title MLB.com, October 4, 2015
  55. Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards MLB.com, November 12, 2015
  56. Efficient Greene makes history in dominating Pirates MLB.com, April 15, 2015
  57. Greene pounds the zone, improves to 3-0 MLB.com, April 19, 2015
  58. Simon, V-Mart team to tackle Tribe, end skid MLB.com, April 25, 2015
  59. 1 2 A better Price hard to find MLB.com, June 13, 2015
  60. Simon blanks Rangers with 1-hitter MLB.com, August 21, 2015
  61. Hardy's outstanding homerless stretch ends MLB.com, August 23, 2015
  62. Justin Verlander comes up three outs short of no-hitter, finishes with one-hit shutout MLive.com, August 26, 2015
  63. Verlander takes no-hit bid into 9th, Tigers beat Angels 5-0 centredaily.com, August 26, 2015
  64. Detroit Tigers notebook: James McCann sets modern baseball record with errorless streak at catcher MLive.com, September 9, 2015
  65. Tigers Notebook: Errorless season for McCann; Top 10 pick secured; Davis, JV earn September honors macombdaily.com, October 4, 2015
  66. Kinsler wins Fielding Bible Award MLB.com, October 30, 2015
  67. Cespedes takes home AL Gold Glove in left MLB.com, November 10, 2015
  68. Tigers zeroing in on history with consecutive shutouts MLB.com, April 8, 2015
  69. Tigers set AL record for scoreless innings MLB.com, April 9, 2015
  70. Detroit Tigers set American League record for shutout innings to begin a season MLive.com, April 9, 2015
  71. Tigers allow first earned run to end record streak MLB.com, April 10, 2015
  72. Tigers notes: Iglesias gets day off, says he's 100% freep.com, April 11, 2015
  73. Detroit Tigers 8, Cleveland Indians 5: Tigers sweep Tribe, start 6-0 for 1st time since 1985 blessyouboys.com, April 12, 2015
  74. Detroit 8, Cleveland 5: Tigers sweep Tribe, still unbeaten freep.com, April 12, 2015
  75. Following pitchers' duel, Iglesias hits walk-off single MLB.com, April 17, 2015
  76. Norris steals spotlight with HR in Tigers' 15-8 win over Cubs freep.com, April 17, 2015
  77. Tigers lose no-no bid in 9th, prevail in 10 MLB.com, September 22, 2015
  78. Iglesias, J.D. Martinez, Price join Miggy as All-Stars MLB.com, July 6, 2015
  79. Give Cespedes your Final Vote MLB.com, July 6, 2015
  80. Show Me the Final Vote: Moose, Martinez win MLB.com, July 10, 2015
  81. Price 2nd straight Tiger to win All-Star Game MLB.com, July 15, 2015
  82. Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2015). Baseball America 2016 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-60-2.
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