The List: Lesser-Known Nationals Streaks
We all know Ryan Zimmerman's hitting streak stands at 30 games entering today's afternoon tilt in San Francisco. But in the interest of equality - and with a little help from the Play Index at Baseball-Reference.com (subscription required) -- we'd like to highlight several of his Nationals teammates who are also in the midst of lesser-known, but no less extraordinary, streaks. Feel free to chime in if you can think of another.
5. (UPDATE... just discovered this one) Most Consecutive Team Losses When Scoring Seven Or More Runs in a Game: Nationals, 3. Rank (since 1954): Tied for sixth. Record-holder (since 1954): Four, accomplished five times, most recently by the 2001 Indians. That's right, folks. The Nats have scored at least seven runs in each of their last three games, and have lost them all. That's some lousy pitching right there.
4. Most Consecutive Starts With At Least Five Walks Allowed: Daniel Cabrera, 3. Rank (since 1954): tied for 74th. Record-holder (since 1954): Nolan Ryan (1976-77), 25. There's little chance of Cabrera catching Ryan, if for no other reason than he is unlikely to remain in the Nationals' rotation long enough to do so.
3. Most Consecutive Games Without a Triple: Adam Dunn, 307. Rank (since 1954, non-pitchers only): Tied for 258th. Record-holder (since 1954): Mark McGwire (1988-99): 1,377. Dunn would have to go another seven full triple-free years to reach McGwire's mark, but we've seen him run and we think he has a chance.
2. Most Consecutive Games As Leadoff Hitter Without Drawing a Walk, to Start a Season: Cristian Guzman, 14. Rank (since 1954): Tied for 41st. Record-holder (since 1954): Vic Davalillo (1968), 37. Guzman has now gone 30 straight games without drawing a walk, dating to last season. But it's even more impressive when you put it in the context of leadoff hitters.
1. Most Consecutive Team Losses In Games Started By One Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, 11. Rank (since 1954): Tied for 38th. Record-holder (since 1954): Chris Capuano (2007), 18. Again, we question whether Cabrera will get the required seven more starts with the Nats to make a run at Capuano's mark. But if he does, we have every confidence in his ability to bring it home.
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