Tuesday, October 23, 2007

We're Going Streaking!

Alright, even thought the Brewers didn't make the play-offs, you have to tip your hat to the Colorado Rockies, who are on one helluva tear:

The Rockies, winners of 21 of their last 22 games, have lost just one game in the last 38 days. Their last road loss was nearly six weeks ago, on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia. Yet after becoming the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds to win their first seven postseason games, no one is giving them much of a chance.
That's impressive, very impressive; but not as impressive as the streak of Charlie Radbourn:

On July 23, 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Radbourn begins what may be the most remarkable feat in baseball history. ‘Old Hoss’ pledges to pitch every game for the rest of the season if the Grays would agree not to reserve him for the following year. He pitches in nine straight games, winning seven, losing one and tying one. He takes a ‘day off’ and plays right field before returning to pitch six more consecutive games. He plays shortstop for a single game and then pitches in 20 more consecutive games, winning 10 before having his 20-game win streak stopped. He would lead the NL in wins with 60, an ERA of 1.38, innings pitched with 678.2, strikeouts with 441, complete games with 73 and winning percentage with a .833 mark.

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Best thing about the streak: it was totally unnecessary. The Grays won the pennant by 10.5 games.

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