Oakland Athletics at 10-40 Have the Worst Start of the MLB Season Since 1932

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher in 2022
Oakland Athletics' Paul Blackburn in 2022. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (12897534d)

The Oakland Athletics were expected to be bad in the 2023 MLB season after moving on from several of their key players in the past years. However, no one expected them to be almost historically bad as they turned out to be.

The A’s suffered a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, extending their losing streak to six games. They have now dropped 14 out of their last 16 games and have the worst record in MLB at 10-40. This is also the worst start of the season for an MLB team since the 1930s.

The last team that had this bad of a record throughout the first 50 games of the season was Boston Red Sox in 1932. Prior to them, the 1897 St. Louis Browns also went 10-40 to start the campaign.

There are only three teams that had uglier starts of the season than the A’s currently have. The Cleveland Spiders in 1899 and Washington Senators in 1904 started at 9-41, while Louisville Colonels were 7-43 to start the 1897 season. 

The Oakland Athletics are not expected to start playing better anytime soon and might be in for a few more years of rebuilding before getting back on track. The franchise will hope that happens sooner than later, considering their planned move to Las Vegas.

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