As you probably know already, the Blue Jays have won 11 in a row. This ties their franchise mark. Since July 28, when they were 50-51 and 8 games out of first, the Jays have won 14 out of 15 and are now in sole possession of first.
Some fun random facts about winning streaks, including this one:
- The Jays have beaten a pitcher named Duffy and a pitcher named Duffey.
- Roberto Osuna has earned seven saves in the last 14 games, after having collected five in the first 102.
- Wikipedia has an entry on the longest baseball winning streaks ever. In the modern era (post World War II), the longest streak is Oakland’s 20-gamer in 2002. Other modern teams with streaks of 16 or more in a single season are the 1953 and 1947 Yankees (19 and 18), and the 1951 Giants and 1977 Royals (16 each). There are a lot of pre-war and 19th century teams that had long streaks, presumably because the league was less balanced.
- The Jays are 2-1 in one-run games – their only loss was 7-6 to Kansas City. (They had a 5-4 lead after seven, but new arrival Mark Lowe couldn’t hold the lead.)
- During their 11-game win streak, they’ve had only one game in which they gave up more than three runs. That was August 5, in which Drew Hutchison was staked to a 9-3 lead but gave up four more runs. There was no more scoring after the fifth.
I also looked up whether the Jays’ 14-1 run was the best in their history. The answer appears to be yes. Here’s what I found:
- Last year’s Jays had a nine-game winning streak and went 14-2 in May. This was because Edwin Encarnacion was hitting a home run almost every other game. They peaked at 38-24, six games up, but then lots of people got hurt, and bad things happened. They had one other 11-2 burst in July, but it wasn’t enough.
- The 2013 Jays won 11 in a row, but then went 7-19, and that was the end of that.
- The 2010 Jays – Cito’s last team – went 13-4 in May to go eight games over .500. They finished the season eight games over .500. Oh well.
- The 2008 Jays won 10 in a row after John Gibbons was fired and Cito took over. This left them 8 1/2 games out with 18 to play, so whatever.
- The 2003 Jays went 12-3 in June, but only gained two games in the standings, which must have been discouraging.
- The 1999 Jays had wild swings. They started the season 12-4, but then went 12-25. They then went 40-21 and 1-9 after that. Eeek.
- The 1998 Jays won 11 in a row from August 27 to September 7. Unfortunately, this moved them from 29 games back to a mere 23.5 games back, as this was the year that the Yankees won all those games.
- The 1994 Jays opened the season 12-5, which might have caused people to believe that the good times were going to continue to roll. Later in the year, the Jays lost 10 in a row, which put an end to that notion. They won eight in a row in July, but only gained one game in the standings, and then baseball itself stopped.
- The 1993 Jays had three hot stretches worth mentioning. They went 12-2 in June to go from four back to three up, 13-3 in late July and early August to return to three up, and finished 16-4 to put the division race away.
- The 1992 Jays started the season 15-4, but didn’t have any other long hot streaks.
- The 1991 Jays went 21-5 in the summer to build up a seven-game lead. They then frittered it away, but went 12-3 in late August and early September to take the title.
- The 1988 Jays played .500 ball all year, amidst accusations of underachieving, before finishing 15-3. They wound up two games back, but it was too late.
- The 1987 Jays are the only other Toronto team that won 11 in a row, achieving this between June 2 and 13.
I didn’t check for the longest losing streak, but it might be in 1981, when the Jays lost 12 in a row. The streak started before the strike and ended after it, so they didn’t win a game for over two months.