A's Flex Muscles on Road; 27 Consecutive Games with HR, Most since 1908

With their streak snapping last night against the Detroit Tigers, the Oakland Athletics homered in 27 consecutive road contests from April 29th-June 27th. The impressive streak is the longest of its kind since 1908, and only the 13th over the last 100 years to be longer than 18 games. This year's Houston Astros posted a streak of 18 straight road games with a home run from May 16th-June 17th. The Athletics compiled a 16-11 record across the 27 road games during their streak.

Led by their slugging outfielder Khris Davis and second baseman Jed Lowrie, who each went into Thursday with 11 home runs on the road, the A's entered play Thursdayas the only Club in the Majors with three players with more than 10 road home runs.  Davis and Lowrie   are followed by first baseman Matt Olson, who had 10 homers on the road.

Among AL leaders, Davis and Lowed were tied for fourth. Olson was tied for eighth in road home runs. All-Star Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels paced the Majors with 14 long balls on the road. In addition, Oakland paces all of Baseball with 72 total homers on the season as the visiting Club. The A's are trailed by the New York Yankees (60), the Boston Red Sox (57), the St. Louis Cardinals (57), the Los Angeles Angels (56) and the Astros (55).

The table below depicts the cummulative stats of the 13 Clubs that posted streaks of at least 18 road games with a home run.

Club Games Streak Dates W-L HR R
Oakland Athletics 28 April 29th - June 27th 16-11 49 157
Baltimore Orioles 24 August 3 - September 15, 1996 16-8 60 187
Milwaukee Brewers 22 September 13 - May 1, 2017 14-8 44 116
Washington Nationals 22 August 8 - September 17, 2014 13-9 41 93
Oakland Athletics 21 July 21 - September 13, 2013 13-8 36 137
Houston Astros 20 April 30 - June 10, 2000 16-4 28 99
Brooklyn Dodgers 20 June 18 - July 29, 1953 12-8 35 133
Pittsburgh Pirates 19 June 16 - July 29, 2012 12-7 40 119
New York Yankees 19 May 19 - June 22, 1961 10-9 40 115
Houston Astros 18 May 16 - June 17, 2018 14-4 33 123
Houston Astros 18 May 29 - July 4, 2017 15-3 41 146
San Diego Padres 18 July 4 - August 9, 2016 6-12 29 90
Oakland Athletics 18 June 12 - July 28, 2012 13-5 38 116

Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Díaz recorded his Major League- leading 30th  save Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles   at Camden Yards. The hard-throwing right-hander is off to one of the most productive starts by a reliever in Major League history. With his save in Seattle's 81st game of the season, the Puerto Rico native is the 10th pitcher since saves became an official statistic in 1969 to register at least 29 saves in his team's first 81 contests. Behind only Francisco Rodríguez (2008) and Danny Graves (2004), who each logged 31 saves during their dominant first halves of their seasons, Edwin's total ranks third.

In addition, Díaz, who converted from a starting pitcher to a reliever in 2015, is the first pitcher in history to record at least 30 saves and tally at least 50 strikeouts in those appearances. Below is a table illustrating the 10 relievers who have recorded at least 29 saves at the halfway point of a Major League season, and their statistics in those appearances.

Still a few weeks away from the Midsummer Classic, Díaz has already eclipsed the franchise record for the most saves prior to the All-Star break, previously set by Kazuhiro Sasaki (29) in 2001. Díaz, Seattle's third round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft, is the 13th pitcher in Major League history to notch at least 30 saves prior to the All-Star Game.

At the exact midway point of the 2018 season, the 24-year-old is on pace to become the second reliever in MLB history to reach the 60-save milestone. Only Rodríguez has reached the mark, converting 69 save opportunities during his historic 2008 season.

The Mariners, through Wednesday, were 38-0 when Diaz entered the game with a lead, including a 21-0 mark when he pitches with just a one-run lead. Following their 8-7 victory Wednesday night, the Mariners were 25-11 (.694) in one-run games this season to pace the Majors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Seattle's 25 one-run wins are a Major League record in a Club's first 81 games. Fueled in large part by their clutch tendencies, the Mariners are 50-31 (.617) entering action today, their fourth-best record in the first half (81 games) of a season in Club history.

Pitcher, Club Year Saves ERA SO BB H IP
Francisco Rodríguez, LAA 2008 31 0.61 30 16 12 29.2
Danny Graves, CIN 2004 31 1.48 14 1 21 30.1
Edwin Díaz, SEA 2018 30 0.29 50 10 11 30.2
John Smoltz, ATL 2003 29 0.27 37 6 20 33
Lee Smith, STL 1993 29 2.28 24 4 21 27.2
Kazuhiro Sasaki, SEA 2001 29 0.96 28 4 10 28
Mariano Rivera, NYY 2004 29 0.63 26 7 21 28.2
Eric Gagne, LAD 2002 29 1.16 47 3 19 31
Eric Gagne, LAD 2003 29 0.63 51 5 10 28.2
Dennis Eckersley, OAK 1992 29 1.44 36 2 28 31.1
Chad Cordero, WSH 2005 29 0.94 25 6 21 28.2

Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians at Busch Stadium, infielder Matt Carpenter batted a perfect 5-for-5 with five runs scored, a double, two home runs and three RBI to lead the Cardinals to an  11-2 victory. The three-time NL All-Star became just the third player in franchise history to record five hits and five runs scored in a single contest, joining All-Star Wally Moon (May 12, 1954) and Hall of Famer Stan Musial (May 19, 1948) in Cardinals lore.

The multi-homer output was Matt's first in 2018, and the sixth by a Cardinals player this season, following All-Star backstop Yadier Molina (June 23rd & June 20th), first baseman José Martínez (June 8th), infielder Greg Garcia (April 14th) and shortstop Paul DeJong (April 1st).

In addition, Carpenter, who has played his entire career with the Cardinals since being drafted in 2009, became the 14th player since 1908 to log at least five hits, five runs scored, a double and two homers in a single contest, and the first since Washington's Anthony Rendon during his memorable game last season on April 30th.

The TCU product is the first player in Club history, and the fifth third baseman in Baseball history to accomplish the feat, joining Rendon, Alex Rodriguez, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Larry Parrish. Below is a look at each of the 14 player's memorable outings.

Player, Club Date H R 2B HR RBI
Matt Carpenter, STL June 26, 2018 5 5 1 2 3
Anthony Rendon, WSH April 30. 2017 6 5 1 3 10
C.J. Cron, LAA July 2, 2016 6 5 1 2 5
Yoenis Cespedes, NYM Aug. 21, 2015 5 5 1 3 7
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS Aug. 15, 2015 5 5 3 2 7
Alex Rodriguez, NYY 18-Apr-05 5 5 2 2 6
Shawn Green, LAD May 23, 2002 6 6 1 4 7
Edgardo Alfonzo, NYM Aug. 30, 1999 6 6 1 3 5
Cal Ripken Jr., BAL June 13, 1999 6 5 1 2 6
Joe Carter, CLE Sept. 6, 1996 5 5 2 2 4
Steve Garvey, LAD Aug. 28, 1977 5 5 3 2 5
Willie Stargell, PIT Aug. 1, 1970 5 5 3 2 6
Joe Adcock, MIL July 31, 1954 5 5 1 4 7
Al Simmons, PHI June 23. 1030 5 5 1 2 5
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