Jeremy Guthrie played stopper last night with the help of three home runs, two of which came from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas! I am assuming that James Shields is rather jealous. What that means is that the Royals longest losing streak so far is 3 games, which in my opinion is the shortest possible streak. Compared to last year’s disaster of a beginning that feels pretty good, so I thought I would look at losing streaks so far this season.
The longest losing streak so far in 2013 belongs to the team that spent the most money in the off-season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have wracked up 7 losses in a row, and have a chance to extend that number tonight. Miami is a good opportunity for a win, but I believe in you LA. They have not yet won a game this month. They also have a 6 game losing streak.
All but two major league teams have lost at least three in a row, so the Royals are in good company. Only the New York Yankees, who everyone was writing off before the season, and the Texas Rangers have not lost 3 in a row yet. Maybe the Royals can hand the Yanks three in a row over the weekend since they are due. There are six teams tied with the Royals with a longest streak of 3 (Baltimore, Boston, Colorado, Seattle, and St. Louis), so the Royals have managed to out perform 22 of the 30 teams so far in avoiding losing streaks. Of the 3 in a row max club, the Royals, Orioles, and Cardinals have only one streak of three, while the Red Sox, Rockies, and Mariners have 2 streaks each.
The leaders for most streaks of 3 losses or more are, unsurprisingly, Miami with 6 such streaks and Houston with 5.
This may seem frivolous, but as I am sure most of you are aware, the Royals kind of have a habit of sustained losing streaks. Avoiding them feels really good. Last year the Royals had the brutal 12 game April losing streak and 10 streaks of 3 or more losses in total. That is one and a third losing streaks per month. We are over a month in with only one such streak so far, and it is of the shortest variety due to last night’s victory.