Longest MLB Winning Streaks to Start the Season

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Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe celebrates his grand slam off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher James Kaprielian with Christian Bethancourt (14) during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 9, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Rachael Millanta @rachaelmillanta Apr 18, 2023, 11:57 AM

At 162 games, the MLB regular season is the longest of all professional sports, and a strong start to the season doesn’t guarantee a strong finish. Still, a good winning streak can be a great way to make waves early on.

With the 2023 season now well underway, the Tampa Bay Rays have already caused waves across the league with a 13-game win streak. The Rays are one of only three teams in MLB history to have won 13 games to start the season, with the last one being the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987.

So, what are the longest winning streaks to start a season in MLB history?

Longest MLB Winning Streaks to Start the Season

RANKTEAMYEARWINNING STREAK
1Tampa Bay Rays202313
Milwaukee Brewers198713
Atlanta Braves198213
4Oakland Athletics198111
5Cleveland Indians196610
Pittsburgh Pirates196210
Brooklyn Dodgers195510
8Kansas City Royals20039
Cincinnati Reds19909
Detroit Tigers19849
St. Louis Browns19449
Brooklyn Dodgers19409
New York Giants19189
14Chicago White Sox19828
Cincinnati Reds19808
Philadelphia Phillies19158

Which MLB Team Has the Longest Winning Streak To Start a Season?

The 1987 Milwaukee Brewers and the 1982 Atlanta Braves share the MLB record for the longest winning streak to start a season. Both teams began their respective seasons with a 13-game winning streak.

Despite holding this record, the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t make the postseason in 1987. The 1982 Atlanta Braves advanced through to the ALCS before they were eliminated.

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Rachael Millanta

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Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.