When a Team’s Batters (or Pitchers) experience Deja Vu

Quite often, you’ll be listening to a baseball broadcast and hear the announcer say something like “they’ve gone 7 games without giving up more than 4 runs” or “that’s five straight games scoring at least 6 runs in each game”.

Well, you never seem to hear any mention of those streaks in which a team scores (or allows) the SAME number of runs.  Not “scoring at least 6”, but “scoring exactly 6″ . . . over and over again.  Why is that?  Isn’t that notable?  Of course it is!

Here at the VORG, we seek to give all quirky streaks their day in the sun (or moment on the interwebs, as it happens).  So, here are the longest streaks of scoring (or allowing) the same number of runs, from 1919-2011.

Here’s the “runs scored” list.  Yes, the Indians really did go 1-6 over a 7-game stretch in 2003 in which they scored 4 runs in each game (Ah, the steroids era!).  Also, though teams have scored totals like 14, 15, 17 and 18 runs each in consecutive games, no team has scored exactly 16 runs in back-to-back games (Why papa, why?  Oh, go ask Elias . . . or your mother!):

Let’s now look at the “runs allowed” list.  Here we note that the then-“California” Angels somehow went 1-4 during a 5-game stretch in 1991 in which they allowed 2 runs in each game (Ah, the pre-steroids era!).  Eerily, once again, though teams have allowed totals like 14, 15, 17 and 18 runs each in consecutive games, no team has ever surrendered 16 runs in consecutive games (Hmm . . .  something about the number 16, eh?):

One thought on “When a Team’s Batters (or Pitchers) experience Deja Vu

  1. I’ll tell you what it is about the number 16–it’s too square.

    But I’m disappointed that you failed to mention the Padres’ four consecutive games in which they both scored and allowed the same number of runs–four consecutive 2-1 wins.

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