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From .500 to 16 straight losses? I've seen worse

Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:21 pm
 
Three weeks ago, the Mariners were a .500 team.

Now they're in a losing streak that feels like it will never end.

Three weeks ago, the Mariners were playing over their heads, without doubt. Now, they look like one of the worst teams ever.

The Mariners are the first team ever to have a losing streak this long after starting with a .500 record that late in the season. The 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers were three games over .500 (33-30) before their 16-game skid, but that began in June, not July.

But this isn't the worst turnaround ever. It's not even the worst turnaround I've ever seen.

I was there for the 1993 Tigers.

They were 43-25 on June 20. They were leading 7-1 in the fourth inning in Baltimore. They lost that game, and nine more right after it, for a 10-game losing streak.

They lost 29 of their next 39.

Bill Krueger remembers.

Krueger is the link between the 1993 Tigers and the 2011 Mariners. He pitched for the '93 Tigers, and now does the M's pre- and post-game shows for Root Sports.

"We really were going good," Krueger said this week, thinking back to June 1993. "We just beat people into submission with our offense. But we had to test the bullpen, because we didn't have dominating starters. Sparky [Anderson] was running the bullpen out there for 3-4 innings a night."

The '93 Tigers went from 43-25 to 53-54, before recovering to finish the season over .500.

In some ways they were the polar opposite of the 2011 Mariners, relying almost totally on their offense. But like the Mariners, they totally collapsed, and it was hard to see it coming.

As M's shortstop Brendan Ryan said Monday, if you had asked him when they were 43-43 if they'd lose the next 16 games, he'd have told you: "Zero percent.

"I don't even know how many stars have to be aligned for this to happen," Ryan said. "It's Friday the 13th, and a full moon. Every day."

It felt like that with the 1993 Tigers. In that first game of the streak, when they led 7-1 with Bill Gullickson on the mound, Chris Hoiles hit a grand slam off Kurt Knudsen to cap an eight-run Orioles sixth inning.

A night later, I got a call from Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.

"I have a bad feeling about this," I told him.

I never guessed they'd lose 10 straight, or 29 of 39.

Just like I never guessed the M's would go directly from .500 to losing 16 in a row.


Category: MLB
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Since: May 20, 2011
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