What a difference a couple of weeks can make in baseball. We say it often, but it has a specifically genuine ring to it about the exploitation of Oakland Athletics in 2021. You see, A won. Again. They beat Orioles, 3-1.
It was not an overly exciting game or anything. It was just the A’s who generally played winning baseball. The pitching was on point. They mostly got good defense. They got a couple of timely hits. Ramon Laureano went deep. It was a win and it really is all that matters.
Remember, the A’s were miserable to start the season. They were 0-6 and then 1-7. They have not lost since. The striped A’s have ripped 12 wins in a row. Anecdotally, it is not uncommon to see the A’s come on a hot streak after a slow start. It feels like we see it almost every year. However, this is far more extreme than anything we have ever seen. Going from losing every single game to winning every night without even a slow transition is bizarre.
In fact, here’s some perspective: The A’s had the worst record in baseball at 1-7. They now have the best record in the American League at 13-7.
Also, they are now in rare air.
If we only include the history of Oakland Athletics, there are only two winning strikes longer than this one.
- We know of the AL record at the time when the A’s won 20 right in 2002, culminating with
Chris PrattScott Hatteberg’s walk-off homer, now living in the story of the “Moneyball” movie.
- In 1988, World Series Champion A won 14 in a row in the regular season.
That is it. Now the franchise history book is a little longer, as Philadelphia A won at least 12 in a row five times (full franchise wins streak list here at Stathead). Still, it is not a very long list. They are already pretty high up on the list and they started 1-7!
Keep an eye on these A’s. They have two more games against the Orioles before heading to Tampa Bay for a four-game series. If they somehow come out victorious throughout the trip, they go home with an 18-game winning streak to play the Orioles in three games. That’s the way to set the new club record. The AL record is now held by Cleveland, who won 22 straight in 2017.