The Cardinals’ winning streak reaches 16 with a comeback victory over the Cubs; St. Louis has longest NL streak since 1951
The longest winning streak in St. Louis Cardinals history is 16 games. The Cardinals extended their historic winning streak with a 4-2 win from behind (score from the box) over rivals the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The victory combined with the Phillies ‘loss to the Pirates (PIT 6, PHI 0) reduced St. Louis’ magic number for a playoff spot to one.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning on Sunday, though Harrison Bader hit a long solo homerun to tie the score, then Andrew Knizner scored the winning point on Codi Heuer’s wild field at the top of the ninth. Hot Paul Goldschmidt went deep earlier in the game to bring St. Louis to the board.
The Cubs threatened to tie the game in the ninth in an extremely odd way thanks to an assist from the referee squad. With one out, Austin Romine and Rafael Ortega both shot goals. Frank Schwindel then hit a pop up on the third baseline. Nolan Arenado seemed to misjudge for a second and trying to get back to where the ball was going to land he slipped and fell. The ball fell on the infield (watch the play here).
The refs correctly called the rule of domestic flight, which meant Schwindel was ruled out. Both baserunners advanced which is completely legal, but Ortega got past second and was hit while not hitting a goal. However, the referee behind second base called the time before the game with Ortega not on a base (see the tag with the referee’s hands in the air here). As such, the game was deemed to be over before the game and the Cubs had runners in the second and third with two outs. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt was sent off for arguing after the bizarre play, but Ian Happ ended up pulling the stick to the next stick to end the game.
The 16-game winning streak isn’t just the longest in baseball this year, it’s the longest winning streak in MLB since Cleveland won an American League record of 22 straight games in 2017. Before This streak, the Cardinals had never won more than 14 consecutive games. in franchise history. Here are the last five consecutive MLB winning streaks of at least 16 games:
- Cardinals: 16 games (Sept. 11, 2021 to present)
- Cleveland: 22 games (August 24 to September 14, 2017)
- Athletics: 20 games (August 13 to September 4, 2002)
- Royal: 16 games (August 31 to September 15, 1977)
- Yankees: 18 games (May 27 to June 14, 1953)
It should be noted that the Brewers won 16 straight games between late 1986 and early 1987. They won their last three games in 1986 before winning their first 13 games in 1987. The Cardinals’ 16-game winning streak is the longest in the National League since the Giants won 16 in a row from August 12-27, 1951.
St. Louis will look to extend their winning streak to 17 games on Tuesday as they begin a three-game home streak with the Brewers. The Cardinals will clinch a playoff berth with their next win or losses to the Phillies and Reds. Once they clinch, St. Louis will be locked in second place in the wild card because they can’t catch the Dodgers.