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MLB: Most consecutive wins to start a season

The Tampa Bay Rays have become the third team to start the MLB season with 13 consecutive wins.

The record stood at 13 and they lost in their 14th game to the Toronto Blue Jays. Here are the teams that have started well to an MLB Season.

13 games - Tampa Bay Rays 2023 

Prior to the 2023 season, American League and National League history had seen only two teams jump out to 13-0 start to the season. 

The Rays, who are 10/1 to win the 2023 World Series, became the third this season, although that run ended when they lost their 14th game to the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Last season the leading teams to start the season unbeaten were the Rays again, along with the New York Mets both on three games. 

In fact, there hasn’t been a win of more than seven to start a season in the last 10 seasons. The 2016 Baltimore Orioles were the last team to collect a 7-0 start to the campaign, along with the 2015 Kansas City Royals, who went on to win the World Series. 

The 13 game winning streak marked the first time in Tampa Bay franchise history that the team won 13 straight games at any point of a season.

13 games - Milwaukee Brewers 1987 

The Brewers set the American League record with their superb start to the season. 

The winning-streak included Juan Nieves’ no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles. Sadly for the Brewers, they proceeded to lose 12 straight games in May and they finished the season 91-71, third in the American League East Division.

13 games - Atlanta Braves 1982

The Atlanta Braves, who are 21/4 to win the World Series this year, hold the National League record for the most consecutive wins to open a season. 

They came back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-3 walk-off win that improved their record to 13-0. 

Cincinnati beat Atlanta the very next day to end the streak. The Braves finished the season 89-73 and won the National League West for the first time since 1969.

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11 games - Oakland Athletics 1981

Pitching was the dominant force in Oakland’s 11-0 start to the season. The A’s allowed just 14 total runs in this stretch, including three shutouts. 

After outsourcing the Seattle Mariners 30-2 in the first three games of a four-game series. The Mariners edged the Athletics 3-2 in the final game of the contest. 

Billy Martin was the manager of Oakland at the time, a manager with high standards and demands, the A’s finished 64-45 in the strike-shortened season and won their first American League West Divisional title since 1975.

10 games - Cleveland Indians 1966

Cleveland were helped to their 10-game winning streak by a couple of extra-innings victories to start the 1966 season. 

It was the opening series against the Boston Red Sox which included the extra-innings wins, the excellent start though didn’t continue as Cleveland lost 11 from their 12 games in July and the manager Birdie Tebbetts resigned in August. Cleveland finished with a .500 record, 81-81 and fifth in the American League.

10 games - Brooklyn Dodgers 1955

The Dodgers got off to an excellent start in 1955 and never looked back, thanks in part to a standout season by centre-fielder Duke Snider, who had a .309 batting average for the campaign. 

Their 10-game start to the season ended with a loss to the New York Giants (later the San Francisco Giants), 5-4. 

The Dodgers finished 98-55-1 and won the National League Pennant by 13 and a half games and beat the New York Yankees 4-3 in a classic World Series matchup.

10 games - Pittsburgh Pirates 1962

The Pittsburgh Pirates were part of a stacked National League table in 1962. Despite starting the season, 10-0 and finishing with a 93-68 record, they ended up fourth in the table. 

The San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant with a 103-62 record. The New York Mets snapped the Pirates’ record at the start of the season, it was the new expansion team’s first ever win in Major League Baseball.

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