The Houston Astros were one of the surprise teams in the majors this year. They finished with an 86-76 record (.531), their first season above .500 in the past seven seasons, and made the playoffs. Houston’s successful season now gives the active “seasons under .500” title to the Miami Marlins; they have the longest current streak of sub .500 seasons with six.
Here’s a look at each MLB team and the last time they had three straight seasons under .500.
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1936-38 (as the Brooklyn Dodgers)
St. Louis Cardinals, 1954-56
Boston, 1992-94 (last two seasons under .500)
Los Angeles Angels, 1992-94
Atlanta, 1988-90 (last two seasons under .500)
New York Yankees, 1990-92
Arizona, 2004-06 (last two seasons under .500)
Tampa Bay, 2005-07
San Francisco, 2006-08
Cincinnati, 2007-09 (last two seasons under .500)
Kansas City, 2010-12
Chicago Cubs, 2012-14
New York Mets, 2012-14
Chicago White Sox, 2013-15 (last three seasons under .500
Philadelphia, 2013-15 (last three seasons under .500)
Colorado, 2013-15 (last five seasons under .500)
San Diego, 2013-15 (last five season under .500)
Miami, 2013-15 (last six seasons under .500)
- The last time the Dodgers had back-to-back sub-.500 seasons was in 1986 and 1987.
- The Yankees have a active streak of 23 straight seasons above .500.
- The Cardinals have been above .500 in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The last time they had back-to-back seasons under .500 were in 1994 and 1995.
- Three of the 10 teams that made the playoffs this season had five or more season of sub .500 ball prior to this year. The Astros, as previously mentioned, had six straight seasons under .500 before 2015, while the Mets and Cubs both had five seasons consecutive seasons under .500 prior to this year.
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