June 26, 2017
Defying the Odds
I’d become aware of the streak a week earlier, at the BP Ballpark Event in Baltimore. (If you haven’t been to these before, they’re really fun, and you can still get tickets for the events in Pittsburgh and Minnesota.) Sitting in the stands, watching the Orioles beat the Cardinals 15-7, a couple of the knowledgeable fans who were with us pointed out that the O’s had given up five or more runs in what was then a near-record 13 consecutive games.
Being a smartphone-owning baseball nerd, I checked the Baseball-Reference Play Index, and sure enough the O’s had, through that game, tied the record for the fourth-longest such streak since 1913. I found that interesting. But I also found the list of the top streaks interesting: