Longest single-season losing streaks by club

Longest single-season losing streaks by club

Longest single-season losing streaks by club
With Wednesday's 9-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, the Mariners ended their 17-game skid, helping them avoid tying the 2005 Royals' mark for most consecutive single-season losses since the Wild Card era began 16 years ago.

The American League record is 21 by the Orioles in 1988, the Major League record is 23 by the Phillies in '61 and 10 franchises -- the Athletics, Braves, Nationals/Expos, Orioles, Phillies, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Tigers and Twins -- have dropped more than 17 straight games in a season since '01.

With that, here are the longest single-season losing streaks for every club over the past 110 years:

Angels: 11 (1974, '92, '99): Not surprising, all three of those seasons were 90-loss campaigns for the Halos, who finished 68-94 in '74, 72-90 in '92 and 70-92 in '99.

Astros: 11 (1995): Those Terry Collins-led Astros had three 10-game winners on their staff -- Doug Drabek, Shane Reynolds and Greg Swindell -- got solid seasons from Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, and finished second in the National League Central.

Athletics: 20 (1916, '43): By the time the '16 streak finished, the A's had dropped 56 of 60 games to finish the season 36-117; they finished with 105 losses under Connie Mack in '43.

Blue Jays: 12 (1981): Toronto finished that split season 37-69 under Bobby Mattick.

Braves: 19 (1906): This wasn't a good year to be a Boston baseball fan, as both clubs -- the Braves and Red Sox, then known as the Beaneaters and Americans, respectively -- had losing streaks of at least 19 games and lost at least 100 contests.

Brewers: 14 (1994): Under Phil Garner, Milwaukee finished that strike-shortened season 53-62.

Cardinals: 15 (1909): Fred Beebe went 15-21 with a 2.82 ERA in 44 games (34 starts), but still the 1909 Cardinals finished 54-98 under Roger Bresnahan.

Cubs: 14 (1997): The Cubs lost their last two games of the '96 season, then started '97 0-14 under Jim Riggleman.

Diamondbacks: 14 (2004): With their World Series magic from three years earlier a distant memory, the '04 D-backs dropped a franchise-record 111 games and dismissed skipper Bob Brenly after 79 of them.

Dodgers: 16 (1944): Then in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Dodgers finished 63-91 despite a .357 batting average from Dixie Walker.

Giants: 13 (1944): The Giants, meanwhile, had Mel Ott as a player-manager and finished 67-87 despite a spectacular 21-win season from Bill Voiselle.

Indians: 12 (1931): The Indians finished two games above .500, got a combined 61 wins from four of their starters and received a .979 OPS from Earl Averill.

Mariners: 17 (2011): The Mariners started the losing streak at .500 and just 2 1/2 games out of first place.

Marlins: 11 (1998 twice, 2011): Florida's '11 streak came during a five-win June; the two from '98 came one year after the franchise's first World Series championship.

Mets: 17 (1962): It was the Mets' expansion year, and a brutal one under Casey Stengel; they finished with 120 losses.

Nats/Expos: 20 (1969): Yet another expansion year for a franchise, '69 saw the Mets shock the world with a World Series title, and saw the first-year Montreal Expos finish with 110 defeats.

Orioles: 21 (1988): The O's began that season 0-21, and Cal Ripken Sr. was let go as manager only six games in.

Padres: 13 (1994): A .394 batting average from Tony Gwynn wasn't enough for San Diego to find success during that strike-shortened campaign.

Phillies: 23 (1961): In a season that saw them set the record for longest losing streak, the Phills finished 47-107 under Gene Mauch.

Pirates: 13 (2006): These are better days for the Buccos, but this losing streak came in Year 2 of six in a row in which Pittsburgh lost at least 90 games.

Rangers: 15 (1972): With Hall of Famer Ted Williams as its manager, Texas finished 54-100 in '72.

Rays: 15 (2002): In '02, their fifth year of existence, the Rays went 55-106 and were knee deep in a run of 10 straight 90-loss seasons to start their franchise's history.

Red Sox: 20 (1906): This '06 team -- then named the Boston Americans -- dismissed skipper Jimmy Collins after 114 games and finished the year 49-105 under Chick Stahl.

Reds: 19 (1914): This Cincinnati team, under Buck Herzog, finished 60-94 and had four losing streaks of at least five games.

Rockies: 13 (1993): The Rockies' expansion year wasn't a great one -- they finished 67-95 under Don Baylor -- but they made the playoffs in 1995.

Royals: 19 (2005): In a season that saw them establish the longest losing streak of divisional play, the Royals dropped 106 games while getting a 5-17 record and a 5.80 ERA from Zack Greinke.

Tigers: 19 (1975): This Ralph Houk-led Tigers team finished 57-102.

Twins: 18 (1948, '59): They were then known as the Washington Senators, and they went 56-97 in '48 and 63-91 in '59.

White Sox: 13 (1924): Five years removed from the Black Sox scandal, the '24 White Sox finished 66-87 and in last place in the AL.

Yankees: 13 (1913): This was the first year they had formally taken on the name "Yankees," and they finished 57-94. There would be better days.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.