Ruane: When winning streaks collide

From SABR member Tom Ruane at Retrosheet on June 14, 2012:

The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals with play each other tomorrow night, and barring a tie, a six-game winning streak will end. This got me to wondering how often teams with winning streaks that long have played each other.

It was rarer that I thought.

The last matchup between two teams with streaks of six games or longer occurred on September 19, 2008, when the hot Phillies (winners of seven straight) met the even hotter Marlins (winners of eight straight). The Marlins pounded Brett Myers for a career-high ten runs and held on to win 14-8. The Phillies returned the favor the next night, ending the Marlins streak in a low-scoring but pitcher-filled 3-2 contest.

You have to go back to 1999 to find the next occurrence of two winning streaks of at least six games colliding. Here are the previous seven, along with the scores of the first two games of their series.

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Originally published: June 15, 2012. Last Updated: June 15, 2012.