The Atlanta Braves are hands down the hottest team in baseball over the last two weeks. With a 14-0 record in that span, how could they not be? They swept four straight series against the Rockies, A’s, Pirates, and Washington and have another easy series coming up against the Cubs.
This got me thinking about whether or not this was the longest streak in Atlanta’s history. The Braves already surpassed the Yankees for the longest streak in the league this year. But before we get into Atlanta’s history, let's take a look at the longest streak in MLB history.
What is the Longest Winning Streak in MLB History?
In a way, there are two answers to this question. One is the 1916 New York Giants, the other being the 2017 Indians. The Giants hold the all-time record for a winning streak by an MLB team at 26 games. However, it was a different game back then, and I feel like stats during the dead-ball era should remain separate. Five of the top six winning streaks in MLB history happened during this time with most occurring in the late 1800s.
The 2017 Indians, however, managed to win 22 games in the modern era. The only other team to crack the top 20 in this category was the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Note that only two teams in the top 30 went on to win a World Series in the same season as their winning streaks.
Braves’ Winning Streak Results
At 14 wins, the Braves are one victory away from tying their all-time record of 15. Atlanta set this record between April 16 and May 2, 2000. The Braves were one of the best teams on the planet for almost 15 years starting in the early 90s and won 14 straight NL East titles. In 2000, the team finished 95-67 thanks in large part to rotation headlined by Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. The Braves kept their streak going in terms of NL East titles that year, but lost in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals in three games.
Now, I’m sure a few of you out there are annoyed I am ignoring the Boston Braves. So, for the old-school cool guys out there, here it goes. The Boston Braves had an 18-game winning streak back in 1800-who cares. It was over 100 years ago and nobody cares. Move on.
Braves NL Pennant and World Series Odds
Getting back to the present day, the Atlanta Braves are one win against the Cubs from winning 15 straight for the second time in history. While they are crushing it with a 37-27 record, the Mets still hold a four-game lead in the AL East. The Mets went 6-4 in their last 10 games and the Braves are making up a lot of ground on them. Two weeks ago it didn’t look like any team would catch New York. But, the Braves might prove me wrong.
As of today, WynnBET Sportsbook has the Braves listed at +750 to win the National League Pennant and +1500 to repeat as World Series Champions. While it's hard to suggest betting on a team at their peak, the Braves do provide solid value to make a run at the crown. Their current streak is the longest by a defending champ during the expansion era. Plus, they cut the Mets' lead by almost six games in the last 16 days. The value might not be what it was at the end of May, but the Braves are worth a second look before they move any closer to overtaking the Mets.
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