May 9, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Royals teammates Alex Gordon (4) and Alcides Escobar (2) and Lorenzo Cain (6) and Eric Hosmer (35) celebrate after a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Royals defeated the Orioles 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Losing Streaks

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.

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  • jimfetterolf

    This losing streak was even kind of odd, as all three games were quality starts with Shields’ being exceptional. They lost because of a combination of two or more of weak offense, butter fingered defense, and bullpen meltdowns and also a wasted dominant start by Santana due to weather. I would say this streak was a fluke, but flukes do happen in baseball, that’s why they play the games. Really, Escobar making errors, Holland getting bombed, the four back end relievers getting torched over two days?

  • Bob Ellis

    I really don’t see – with the front three pitchers being as good as they are and with Davis having the ability to throw a gem as well – any reason this team should lose more than three in a row. Talking to some guys at work, I’ve been standing by that statement, and it was pushed to the limit this week, but one of the front three stopped the bleeding. There really is just no reason this team should much more of a losing streak than 3. Not saying it’s impossible…but I just don’t see it right now (knock on wood).