Baseball’s Longest Road Losing Streak is Finally Over

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  • The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 10-1 on Saturday night at Petco Park.
  • With the win, Arizona’s Majors-record 24-game road losing streak is over.
  • The Diamondbacks are a near impossible +500000 to win the 2021 World Series.

When the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Atlanta Braves in a seven-inning double-header last April 25th, little did they know that they would not win again on the road in the next 61 days.

During that stretch, the D-Back set the ignominious record for longest road losing streak in MLB history as well as the longest losing steak in franchise history at 17 games.

Following the law on averages, the 17-game losing streak ended last Monday at Chase Field when they beat the Milwaukee Brewers. On Saturday, the 24-game road losing also ended with a 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

Arizona lost to San Diego 11-5 in the series opener, with Fernando Tatis Jr. homering in his first three-at-bats. They entered Saturday’s Game 2 having lost 20 out of their last 21 games and 34 out of 37 overall. The Diamondbacks were +275 betting underdogs at BetMGM but on this day, they finally beat the odds.

The Streak is Over

Arizona jumped on San Diego starter Dinelson Lamet early. Eduardo Escobar’s double scored a run in the first while Christian Walker hit a solo home run in the second inning. Escobar then hit a two-run homer in the third and would finish a triple short of a cycle as he drove in another run with a single as the rout was on.

It did not come as a surprise that it was right-hander Merrill Kelly, who ended Arizona’s franchise worst 17-game losing streak last Monday, was the same starter who ended their road struggles too. After holding the Brewers to one run in seven innings last Monday, he tossed six scoreless innings on Saturday, allowing just five hits with five strikeouts.

After Kelly departed, Ryan Butcher, Noe Ramirez, Joakim Soria, and Joe Mantiply came off the bullpen to close out the show. The Padres loaded up the bases in the 9th against Soria but Mantiply forced a double play that ended the game.

Finally, A Road Win

With the record-setting road losing streak over, the proverbial monkey is off Arizona’s back. But despite that, Arizona is only 7-43 in their last 50 games and they have the worst record in the Majors at 22-56. If they continue this pace, the Diamondbacks are on pace to lose 116 games this season.

Sure, Arizona is now an almost impossible +250000 to win the 2021 National League championship and a near improbable +500000 underdog to win the World Series. After Saturday’s games, Arizona was 29 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West team standings.

But there are still 84 games left to play in their season and the hope in the Arizona clubhouse is that now the burden of the losing streak is over, they can now play relaxed and start winning games again.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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