Bucs still seeking first five-game winning streak

Bucs still seeking first five-game winning streak

PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates, still holding onto a 1 1/2-game lead for the National League's second Wild Card spot, may accomplish something no team ever has in Major League history: Make it into the postseason without a winning streak as long as five games.

The Bucs' sixth shot at five-in-a-row was shot down in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

Through 2013, all 392 postseason teams had one winning streak of at least five games. The other 16 teams still in contention for the '14 postseason -- yes, that many remain in the picture -- have likewise all had a winning streak of at least five games.

"We have not gotten to the point where we played those complete games necessary for a longer streak," manager Clint Hurdle said of the oddity.

Maybe his Bucs are just saving that for October.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.