The Oakland Athletics have reeled off six straight wins, seemingly out of nowhere, after a slump that threatened to tie the record for most losses in a single season in Major League Baseball (MLB) history.
Oakland defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to extend their winning streak to ‘six’, dating back to their last game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 7.
What made it even more thrilling was snatching a one-run victory over Tampa Bay, the team with the best overall winning percentage in the big leagues (48-21 – .696 winning percentage).
Oakland won five straight last week against Pittsburgh and the Milwaukee Brewers, who are tied for first and second place in the National League Central.안전놀이터
Even with six more wins, Oakland’s season win total is now just 18 (50 losses).
That’s a whopping 30 fewer wins than the big league’s winningest team, Tampa Bay, which was once lauded as a “low-cost, high-efficiency” team and now finds itself between a rock and a hard place.
Oakland’s loss projection for the season, which had soared as high as 130 thanks to a recent winning streak, has plummeted to 110 losses.
But don’t get too comfortable, as losing streaks can be just as bad as winning streaks.
Oakland has had three five-game losing streaks this year, once an 11-game losing streak, once a seven-game losing streak, and once a six-game losing streak.
In MLB history, the most losses in a season is 134 (20) by the Cleveland Spiders in 1899.
Narrowing it down to the modern era of baseball since 1901, the most losses is 120 (40 wins) by the New York Mets in 1962.