Cardinals proving Road Warriors

by on May 6, 2013 · 0 comments

As the Redbirds prepare to begin another road series, this one their first trip to Wrigley Field in 2013, they bring with them a 2013 MLB best seven-game road winning streak. By virtue of a three-game sweep in the nation’s capital and four games worth in Milwaukee, the Cards head into Chicago with an opportunity to set themselves apart with the longest road winning streak in the league this season, a distinction currently shared with the Atlanta Braves.

While the Cards obviously hold the longest current streak, you’ll note that the Detroit Tigers are lurking right behind, albeit having taken four off of the Houston Astros.  Yes, albeit.  As in, hapless.  Not to be confused with J.A. Happ-less.

I digress.  The goods on 2013 road winning streaks from B-Ref:

Rk Strk Start End Games R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Opp
1 STL 2013-04-22 2013-05-05 7 38 73 11 1 6 37 50 23 .300 .373 .428 .801 WSN,MIL
2 ATL 2013-04-08 2013-04-18 7 37 70 11 0 13 36 48 30 .279 .356 .478 .834 MIA,WSN,PIT
3 OAK 2013-04-05 2013-04-11 6 51 76 15 1 13 49 33 30 .326 .410 .567 .976 HOU,LAA
4 NYY 2013-04-07 2013-04-20 5 46 67 19 1 13 38 33 13 .328 .371 .623 .994 DET,CLE,TOR
5 DET 2013-05-02 2013-05-05 4 37 55 10 1 8 36 34 21 .318 .393 .526 .919 HOU
6 BOS 2013-04-07 2013-04-18 4 32 45 10 2 7 31 46 17 .302 .371 .537 .908 TOR,CLE
7 DET 2013-04-13 2013-04-17 4 25 44 11 2 5 25 44 17 .265 .337 .446 .783 OAK,SEA
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/6/2013.

Lest we be “ho-hummed” or non-plussed by this achievement, let’s look at it in a more historical context.

In the Cardinals’ history (nevermind how many total games Baseball Reference argues versus how many the team claims, especially since we can only use B-Ref’s data), the team has only recorded 38 such streaks or better since the beginning of the 1916 season.

Rk Strk Start End Games R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Opp
1 STL 1941-04-15 1941-05-05 12 66 125 18 5 14 63 39 37 .294 .353 .459 .812 CIN,CHC,NYG,PHI,BSN
2 STL 1970-07-30 1970-08-23 9 62 97 16 5 10 58 37 35 .297 .364 .468 .832 ATL,HOU,PHI,SDP
3 STL 1960-07-21 1960-08-12 9 59 91 28 3 10 55 42 39 .267 .342 .455 .797 MLN,CIN,PHI,PIT
4 STL 1947-08-30 1947-09-27 9 70 109 14 4 10 67 30 46 .322 .407 .475 .882 CIN,CHC,PIT
5 STL 1944-07-23 1944-07-29 9 71 99 19 6 7 64 30 30 .297 .359 .453 .812 BSN,PHI,BRO
6 STL 2003-09-27 2004-04-22 8 60 88 28 1 20 57 71 33 .297 .366 .601 .968 ARI,HOU
7 STL 1998-09-13 1999-04-17 8 52 75 19 3 14 48 75 29 .266 .338 .504 .841 HOU,MIL,PIT
8 STL 1982-09-14 1982-09-27 8 35 65 8 2 5 30 43 28 .250 .318 .354 .672 PHI,NYM,MON
9 STL 1972-06-24 1972-07-03 8 42 75 20 3 6 40 47 31 .279 .350 .442 .792 NYM,PHI,CIN
10 STL 1968-07-01 1968-07-26 8 33 83 11 1 3 29 46 23 .283 .335 .358 .694 LAD,SFG,PIT
11 STL 1968-05-31 1968-06-06 8 34 76 13 2 5 31 48 22 .263 .317 .374 .691 NYM,HOU
12 STL 1957-06-05 1957-06-12 8 42 81 11 2 10 41 32 18 .278 .321 .433 .754 PIT,NYG,PHI
13 STL 1945-09-29 1946-04-24 8 33 73 7 0 3 31 29 20 .253 .302 .309 .611 CIN,CHC
14 STL 1943-08-30 1944-04-23 8 45 86 16 4 4 41 25 20 .299 .344 .424 .768 PIT,CHC
15 STL 1942-05-17 1942-05-28 8 54 84 15 6 4 48 26 46 .275 .371 .402 .773 NYG,BRO,CHC,PIT
16 STL 1940-05-28 1940-06-18 8 55 86 19 3 4 52 40 24 .288 .343 .411 .754 CHC,PHI,BRO
17 STL 1935-08-18 1935-08-25 8 71 106 23 7 6 66 14 19 .338 .375 .513 .888 BSN,BRO
18 STL 1928-06-10 1928-06-17 8 63 87 16 3 13 59 22 35 .295 .375 .502 .877 BRO,BSN,CIN
19 STL 1921-08-22 1921-08-27 8 42 73 7 5 6 41 25 28 .279 .355 .412 .767 NYG,BSN
20 STL 2013-04-22 2013-05-05 7 38 73 11 1 6 37 50 23 .300 .373 .428 .801 WSN,MIL
21 STL 2004-07-18 2004-07-30 7 59 88 22 2 19 56 54 26 .325 .385 .631 1.016 CIN,CHC,SFG
22 STL 2001-09-03 2001-09-22 7 42 65 12 1 8 37 45 29 .267 .351 .424 .775 SDP,MIL,PIT
23 STL 1985-09-13 1985-09-18 7 47 78 9 2 5 42 41 38 .307 .396 .417 .813 CHC,PIT,PHI
24 STL 1985-08-21 1985-08-27 7 36 69 13 3 3 34 38 21 .294 .352 .413 .764 HOU,ATL,CIN
25 STL 1982-04-13 1982-04-24 7 42 74 9 2 7 38 45 26 .298 .366 .435 .801 CHC,PIT,PHI
26 STL 1979-08-05 1979-08-25 7 45 85 10 3 8 44 33 16 .332 .369 .488 .857 CHC,NYM,LAD
27 STL 1974-09-01 1974-09-17 7 45 85 6 4 2 32 55 46 .258 .351 .318 .669 SFG,NYM,PHI,PIT
28 STL 1969-09-26 1970-04-18 7 41 75 16 2 9 39 45 28 .300 .369 .488 .857 MON,PIT
29 STL 1966-07-24 1966-08-07 7 48 87 12 6 13 47 37 18 .335 .381 .577 .958 CHC,ATL,NYM
30 STL 1964-07-25 1964-08-14 7 50 88 11 7 5 47 29 23 .330 .379 .479 .858 PHI,CHC,LAD
31 STL 1962-09-27 1963-04-19 7 29 65 4 3 4 25 41 27 .265 .339 .355 .695 SFG,LAD,NYM,PHI
32 STL 1961-09-30 1962-04-19 7 65 86 12 3 12 57 37 27 .308 .370 .502 .872 PHI,CHC,NYM
33 STL 1950-05-27 1950-06-14 7 57 85 15 2 10 55 28 40 .322 .411 .508 .919 CIN,PIT,PHI
34 STL 1934-09-16 1934-09-23 7 38 70 8 4 3 36 30 23 .283 .344 .385 .729 NYG,BSN,BRO,CIN
35 STL 1934-07-18 1934-07-23 7 34 77 10 2 4 30 25 15 .293 .331 .392 .723 BRO,BSN,NYG
36 STL 1931-09-06 1931-09-27 7 37 72 8 1 1 30 17 18 .298 .349 .351 .700 CIN,CHC
37 STL 1930-08-01 1930-08-28 7 49 95 19 8 4 48 27 12 .322 .353 .481 .834 CIN,CHC
38 STL 1920-06-10 1920-06-17 7 42 75 11 5 4 39 31 11 .304 .341 .437 .778 BRO,NYG,PHI
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/6/2013.

A win tomorrow will put the 2013 Cardinals in some pretty rare company in franchise history. A sweep at the hands of the Little Bears will put this year’s club in “not in the last 43 years” territory. Fascinating yes, but also illustrative of how these things can be, well, streaky. *cue drumroll*

It is notable, for a club with documented issues early in this season (read: bullpen, some concern over streaky offense – although maybe streaky offense is the reason for the season?) to be so dominant against teams of talent, teams of note within the early “these teams are good!” race, to have the aforementioned success.  I mean, for crying out loud, Allen Craig JUST HIT HIS FIRST HOME RUN!

The Cards will likely require several more dingers from their clean-up hitter if they wish to equal the longest road winning streak since 1916 in MLB.  The Detroit Tigers did something silly between the 1983 and 1984 seasons.

Rk Strk Start End Games R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Opp
1 DET 1983-09-18 1984-05-24 21 145 232 44 5 23 135 113 87 .302 .372 .463 .835 BOS,BAL,MIN,CHW,TEX,CLE,KCR,CAL
2 NYG 1916-05-09 1916-05-29 17 98 177 32 14 5 87 66 59 .289 .362 .411 .773 PIT,CHC,STL,CIN,BSN
3 SEA 2001-09-24 2002-04-17 15 124 197 46 5 18 121 93 67 .344 .417 .537 .953 TEX,ANA,OAK
4 CIN 1957-04-22 1957-05-27 15 114 181 28 4 17 108 77 72 .318 .392 .470 .863 STL,PHI,NYG,PIT,BRO,CHC,MLN
5 NYY 1953-05-29 1953-06-14 15 112 166 30 3 19 108 63 81 .296 .388 .462 .849 PHA,CHW,SLB,DET,CLE
6 CHW 1951-04-29 1951-06-14 15 101 161 36 5 11 91 40 65 .301 .384 .449 .834 DET,BOS,NYY,WSH,PHA,CLE
7 BOS 1939-06-11 1939-07-16 15 102 154 28 8 14 91 62 54 .283 .349 .440 .790 CHW,WSH,PHA,NYY,CLE,DET
8 PHA 1931-05-03 1931-05-30 14 99 160 30 5 19 95 44 52 .295 .360 .474 .834 WSH,SLB,CHW,CLE,DET,NYY,BOS
9 SEA 2003-05-15 2003-06-05 13 93 156 30 4 22 90 91 50 .320 .382 .533 .915 CLE,DET,KCR,MIN,PHI
10 BOS 2001-10-03 2002-04-21 13 91 146 22 3 25 88 76 40 .304 .359 .519 .878 TBD,BAL,TOR,KCR
11 PHI 1976-04-17 1976-06-02 13 79 132 22 4 13 75 72 56 .293 .371 .447 .818 CHC,PIT,ATL,HOU,NYM,STL
12 NYY 1947-06-29 1947-07-17 13 78 126 19 6 12 72 44 43 .276 .343 .423 .766 WSH,BOS,SLB,CHW,CLE
13 OAK 2012-08-24 2012-09-12 12 68 115 28 3 20 62 105 30 .266 .316 .484 .800 TBR,CLE,SEA,LAA
14 CHW 2000-06-04 2000-07-03 12 113 164 42 3 15 105 81 62 .344 .418 .539 .957 HOU,CIN,CLE,NYY,KCR
15 ATL 1993-09-25 1994-04-17 12 83 135 23 3 17 74 82 46 .301 .366 .480 .846 PHI,SDP,LAD,CHC
16 OAK 1971-07-31 1971-08-15 12 68 134 13 4 15 64 72 37 .313 .369 .467 .836 CLE,KCR,BOS,NYY
17 DET 1950-05-11 1950-06-06 12 96 157 35 7 10 88 31 60 .340 .420 .511 .931 BOS,SLB,PHA,WSH
18 CHC 1945-07-01 1945-08-03 12 103 165 34 3 8 92 24 58 .351 .426 .487 .913 NYG,BSN,PHI,CIN
19 STL 1941-04-15 1941-05-05 12 66 125 18 5 14 63 39 37 .294 .353 .459 .812 CIN,CHC,NYG,PHI,BSN
20 WSH 1933-08-08 1933-08-20 12 65 111 18 5 6 62 39 41 .259 .326 .366 .692 NYY,BOS,CHW,SLB
21 BRO 1924-08-25 1924-09-06 12 74 134 25 5 6 72 26 43 .309 .373 .432 .805 STL,PHI,BSN
22 CLE 1922-07-08 1922-07-21 12 60 124 21 6 6 50 25 38 .295 .357 .417 .773 NYY,BOS,PHA,WSH
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/7/2013.

Even the most recent double-digit road winning streak, by the Oakland A’s is but a twinkle in the eye of the current Cards streak. “Get to ten and we’ll talk,” kind of territory. Frankly, the Cards don’t have to get there to be successful. They’ve already succeeded in winning the seven they have in hand.

But it’s fun to dream on a twenty-one game road winning streak, right?

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