Baseball Crank
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April 30, 2004
BASEBALL: We Get Letters

A reader, surveying worst-case scenarios, writes to ask:

Do you know what the best record for a team in April was, without then making the postseason? I am asking as a Red Sox fan, and looking at possibly finishing April at .727

Well, I don't have a definite answer, but I've got a pretty good guess. The 1987 Brewers went 18-3 in April, including the famous 13-0 getaway highlighted by Juan Nieves' no-hitter (they were 18-2 when Paul Molitor pulled his hamstring and missed a month), and stood at 20-3 on the morning of May 3, the day they started their 12-game losing streak. The Brew Crew finished third, albeit only 7 games back.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 09:52 PM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
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In 1984, the Detroit Tigers, as part of their 35-5 start, finished April at 18-2.

Source: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/schedule.php?y=1984&t=DET

Posted by: Tom at May 2, 2004 10:59 AM

The Tigers made the post-season though and, of course, went on to win the World Series.

Off the top of my head, the Crank's answer (highlighting the Dale Sveum-led '87 Brew Crew) sounds plausible.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at May 2, 2004 11:10 AM

And now Dale Sveum is the 3rd base coach for the Red Sox

Posted by: Mark at May 2, 2004 03:15 PM
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