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Last season the Houston Astros were the only team to lose 100 or more games in the majors. It was, however, the first time in the team’s history that they lost over 100 games in a season since they began playing in the National League in 1962.
The 2011 MLB season was the fourth consecutive year that at least one team lost 100 or more games. In the past 30 seasons, we have had 33 different teams lose 100 or more games; there have been 10 seasons since 1982 where no team has lost 100 or more games in a season.
Here’s a look at each of the 30 MLB teams and the last time they lost 100 or more games in a season.
Team, Last season they lost 100+ games (losses that year)
St. Louis… 1908(105)
New York Yankees… 1912(102)
Los Angeles Angels… (Have never lost 100+; franchise began in 1961)
Chicago Cubs… 1966(103)
Chicago White Sox… 1970(106)
San Francisco… 1985(100)
Colorado… (Have never lost 100+; franchise began in 1993)
New York Mets… 1993(103)
San Diego… 1993(101)
Kansas City… 2006(100)
Tampa Bay… 2006(101)
So what are the chances of the Astros having a “better” season in 2012? Of the 30 teams that lost 100 or more games in a season from 1982-2011 and then played a full compliment of games the next season (162 games) 26 of those 30 teams lost fewer games the following season. Only five of those teams also lost 100 or more games the following season. Here’s a snaphot look at the six teams that lost 100 or more games in the past 30 seasons that had the biggest improvement the next season. (Note: Five of the 30 teams actually had a winning record the year after they lost 100+ games)
Team, 100+loss season, next year, difference
Baltimore… 107 losses in 1988; 75 losses in 1989 = 32-loss difference
Detroit… 119 losses in 2003; 90 losses in 2004 = 29-loss difference
Arizona… 111 losses in 2004; 85 losses in 2005 = 26-loss difference
Detroit… 109 losses in 1996; 83 losses in 1997 = 26-loss difference
Cleveland… 102 losses in 1985; 78 losses in 1986 = 24-loss difference
Seattle… 101 losses in 2008; 77 losses in 2009 = 24-loss difference
Which team is most likely to join the 100-loss club this season? Since 1982, the average team to lose 100 or more games in a season lost 89.4 games the previous season. Last season, the Colorado Rockies were the only team to lose 89 games. If they were to lose 100 or more games in 2012, it would be the first time in their history.
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1. The ’82 Brewers tied the 1979 team for most wins in a season with 95. However, the 1982 squad had 67 losses while the 1979 team had 66 losses. Thus the 1979 team has the best winning percentage in franchise history.
2. The ’82 Brewers had similar records at home and on the road (unlike the 2011 version of the team). They were 48-34 at County Stadium; 47-33 on the road.
3. Harvey’s Wallbangers were a dangerous offensive team. Consider the team had three players who scored 100 or more runs (Cooper, Molitor and Yount), three players with 200 or more hits (Cooper, Molitor and Yount), three players with 30 or more home runs (Cooper, Oglivie and Thomas) and four players with 100 or more RBIs (Cooper, Yount, Oglivie and Thomas). They missed out having five players with 100 RBI when Ted Simmons fell three short at 97 for the season.
4. The 1982 team took first place for good on July 31. Their biggest lead was 6.5 games and the farthest they were behind in the race was 8.5 games. The most games over .500 was 31 for the season. The 2011 version is currently 24 games over .500.
5. The big late-season trade in the ’82 season was the Brewers getting Don Sutton from the Houston Astros on August 30. Sutton went 4-1 in seven starts for the Brew Crew in ’82 and won a game in the American League Championship Series. The three players the Brewers gave up for Sutton were Kevin Bass, Frank DiPino and Mike Madden. Bass went on to have a 14-year MLB career and hit 118 HRs in his career. DiPino saved 40 games in three seasons with the Astros and was a reliever during his 12-year MLB career. Madden spent four seasons with Houston and won 12 games.
6. Yount (210 hits), Cooper (205 hits) and Molitor (201 hits) were 1-2-3 in the American League in hits … the only time in major league history that teammates had 200 or more hits and finished 1-2-3 in the league.
The New York Yankees went 52-29 in 2010 at Yankee Stadium giving them their 19th straight season with a winning record at home, longest streak in the major leagues. Topping the National League are the St. Louis Cardinals who have had a winning record at home for 11 straight seasons.
Following are the teams that have the longest current winning seasons at their home park.
Team Consecutive winnings seasons at home
New York Yankees 19
St. Louis Cardinals 11
Philadelphia Phillies 8