Royals win 81st game, snap longest active streak of losing seasons

The Royals have avoided a tenth straight losing season.
The Royals have avoided a tenth straight losing season. (USATSI)

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The Royals beat the Rangers by the score of 2-1 on Friday, improving their record to 81-72 on the season. The win guarantees their first non-losing season in 10 years, which had been the longest active streak in baseball. They went 83-79 back in 2003.

Of course, Kansas City held the longest losing season streak for less than three full weeks -- the Pirates snapped their historic run of 20 straight losing seasons (!) back on September 3. Ten years between non-losing seasons is a really long time, but it pales in comparision to what Pittsburgh just went through. Still nice to get that monkey of your back though.

More important than clinching a non-losing season is the playoff race, and with the win the Royals moved to within 2.5 games of the second wild-card spot. They only have nine games left to play, so there isn't much time to make up that deficit. Cool Standings gives Kansas City just a 14.0-percent chance of qualifying for the postseason at this point.

The longest active losing season streak is now five years by both the Astros and Mets. Both clubs last had a .500-or-better season back in 2008.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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