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Ask Sports: How many times since 1985 have the Royals have gone an entire season without a 6-game winning streak?

The Royals won their first seven games this season. How many times in the past 30 years did they not have a winning streak of at least six games all season?

Probably not as many times as one might think based on their 28-year playoff drought from 1986 until 2013.

Kansas City has had winning streaks of 6 or more in 16 of the past 30 seasons, led by the team-record 14-game streak in 1994, right before the season-ending players strike.

Last year’s 10-game streak in June propelled the Royals into first place and set up the team’s Wild Card berth.

Of the 14 seasons without a winning streak of 6 or more games, the Royals’ worst years were when they managed only streaks of three wins: in 1997, 2004 and 2010.

The lengths of the streaks mostly correspond to how successful the team was at the time, with one notable exception. In 2002 the Royals won nine in a row. They still lost 100 games.

Joshua Wood

It’s like, better than losing

Year

Streak

Record

Year

Streak

Record

Year

Streak

Record

1985

8

91-71

1995

7

70-74

2005

5

56-106

1986

4

76-86

1996

6

75-86

2006

4

62-100

1987

6

76-86

1997

3

67-94

2007

5

69-93

1988

7

84-77

1998

5

72-89

2008

7

75-87

1989

9

92-70

1999

4

64-97

2009

6

65-97

1990

5

75-86

2000

5

77-85

2010

3

67-95

1991

5

82-80

2001

6

65-97

2011

7

71-91

1992

6

72-90

2002

9

62-100

2012

4

72-90

1993

5

84-78

2003

9

83-79

2013

9

86-76

1994

14

64-51

2004

3

58-104

2014

10

89-73

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