A long winning streak, doesn’t mean postseason success

A long winning streak, doesn’t guarantee postseason success, just ask most baseball teams.

With a win last night, the NHL Chicago Blackhawks have now gone 24 games without a regulation loss to start the season. Three shootout losses are the only blemishes as the Blackhawks (21-0-3) have won a team-record 11 straight games. So, the Blackhawks “winning” streak is really a “regulation game non-losing” streak.

But does it matter?

Here are each baseball team’s longest winning streaks, and how they did that season.

American League

 Streak, Dates, Season Record
Angels  – 11
• June 16-26, 1964  (82-80, 5th of 10)
Athletics – 20
• *Aug. 13-Sept. 6, 2002  (103-59, Lost LDS)
* – Longest in American League history
Blue Jays  – 11 (twice)
• June 2-13, 1987 (96-66, 2nd of 7)
• Aug. 27-Sept. 7, 1998 (88-74, 3rd of five)
Indians – 13 (twice)
• April 18-May 2, 1942 (75-79, 4th of 8)
• Aug. 1-15, 1951(93-61, 2nd of 8)
Mariners – 15
• May 23-June 8, 2001(116-46, Lost ALCS)
Orioles – 14 (twice)
• Sept. 20, 1970-April 10, 1971 (101-57, Lost WS)
• Aug. 12-27, 1973 (97-65, Lost ALCS)
Records from 1954-on, after St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore
Rangers – 14
• May 12-27, 1991 (85-77, 3rd of 7)
Records from 1972-on, after Washington Senators moved to Texas
Rays – 12
• June 9-22, 2004 (70-91, 4th of 5)
Red Sox – 15
• April 25-May 10, 1946 (104-50-2, Lost WS)
Royals – 16
• Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 1977 (102-60, Lost ALCS)
Tigers – 14 (twice)
• Aug. 19-Sept. 2, 1909 (98-54-6, Lost WS)
• July 31-Aug. 14, 1934 (101-53, Lost WS)
Twins – 15
• June 1-16, 1991 (95-67, Won WS)
Prior to moving to Minnesota in 1961, the Washington Senators’ set the franchise winning streak at 17, from May 30-June 18, 1912. (91-61-2, 2nd of 8)
White Sox – 19
Aug. 2-23, 1906 (93-58-3, Won WS)
Yankees – 19
• June 29-July 17, 1947 (97-57-1, Won WS)

National League

 Streak,  Dates, Season Record
Astros – 12
• Aug. 27-Sept. 8, 2004 (92-70, Lost NLCS)
Braves – 18
• Sept. 16-Oct. 2, 1891(87-51-2, 1st of 8)
15 (modern era)
• April 16-May 2, 2000 (95-67, Lost LDS)
Brewers – 13
• *April 6-20, 1987 (91-71, 3rd of 7)
* Accomplished when franchise was in the American League
Cardinals – 14
• July 2-18, 1935 (96-58, 2nd of 8)
Cubs – 21 (twice)
• June 5-July 8, 1880 (67-17-2, 1st of 8)
• Sept. 4-27, 1935 (100-54, Lost WS)
Diamondbacks – 12
• June 18-30, 2003 (84-78, 3rd of 5)
Dodgers – 15
• Aug. 25-Sept. 6, 1924 (92-62, 2nd of 8)
Giants – 26
• *Sept. 7-30, 1916 (86-66-3, 4th of 8)
* Longest in Major League history
Marlins – 9 (four times)
• May 6-14, 1996 (80-82, 3rd of 5)
• Aug. 27-Sept. 4, 2004 (83-79, 3rd of 5)
• June 10-20, 2006 (78-84, 4th of 5)
• Aug. 20-30, 2006 (78-84, 4th of 5)
Mets – 11 (four times)
• May 28-June 10, 1969 (100-62, Won WS)
• May 12-21, 1972 (83-73, 3rd of 6)
• April 18-30, 1986 (108-54, Won WS)
• June 17-29, 1990 (91-71, 2nd of 6)
Nationals – 10 (four times)
• *Aug. 28-Sept. 6, 1979 (95-65, 2nd of 6)
• *June 4-13, 1980 (90-72, 2nd of 6)
• *June 6-16, 1997 (78-84, 4th of 5)
• June 2-12, 2005   (81-81, 5th of 5)
*Accomplished when franchise was Montreal Expos
Padres – 14
• June 18-July 2, 1999 (78-84, 4th of 5)
Phillies – 16
• Sept. 15-Oct. 8, 1887 (75-48-5, 2nd of 8)
13 (modern-era record)
• Aug. 3-16, 1977 (101-61, Lost NLCS)
Pirates – 16
• Sept. 9-27, 1909 (110-42-2, Won WS)
Reds – 12 (twice)
• May 16-27, 1939 (97-57-2, Lost WS)
• April 30-May 12, 1957 (80-74, 4th of 8)
Rockies – 11 (twice)
• Sept. 16-28, 2007 (90-73, Lost WS)
• June 4-14, 2009 (92-79, Lost LDS)

Thanks to MLB.com who provided the streak numbers.