Ask Sports: What are the longest winning streaks in Kansas City Royals history?
08/04/2013 7:31 AM
08/08/2014 10:18 AM
I know the Royals had their longest winning streak in 10 years. How did the nine-game streak stack up in franchise history?
It’s tied for the fifth longest in Kansas City Royals history.
Including last week’s streak, the Royals have won nine or more consecutive games eight times, most recently to start the 2003 season.
They also won nine straight in July 2002 and August 1989.
They have two 10-game streaks – August 1977 and July 1978 – and a 14-gamer – July 23 to Aug. 5, 1994, right before the season-ending players strike.
The best in franchise history? Also in 1977, when the Royals won 16 straight from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.
The 1977 team was arguably the best in team history, finishing 102-60 and winning the American League West by eight games before falling to the rival Yankees in a decisive Game 5 of the ALCS.
Dennis Leonard went 20-12 for KC while George Brett hit .312 and 22 home runs. The team went 25-5 in September.
When is the last time the Royals finished with a better record than the Yankees?
Heading into Saturday’s games, Kansas City was within two wins of the Yankees. That hasn’t happened in a long, long time.
Even the Royals’ last winning season in 2003 wasn’t in the same ballpark as New York as KC had 83 wins to the Yankees’ 101.
The Royals’ last above-.500 team before that finished 64-51 in 1994, but the Yankees went 70-43.
New York held the slight advantage in 1993 (88-84) and 1992 (76-72).
One has to go back to the 1991 season for the Royals to come out on top. Kansas City (82-80) finished sixth in a balanced AL West, while the Yankees (71-91) were still recovering from the rock bottom of 1990’s 95-loss team to finish 71-91 in the AL East.