Phillies Will Finish on the Plus Side

By being the first major league team to 82 victories, the Phillies will finish their ninth consecutive season with a record over .500. Only the Yankees (18 and counting) and the Red Sox (13 and counting) currently have more. And no one else is even close.

In fact, only six major league teams entered 2010 with a streak of three or more working:

Team     Yrs. 2011 Seasons      Last Non-Winning Yr.
Yankees 18 77-48      1993-2010 1992 (76-46)
Red Sox 13      77-50 1998-2010 1997 (78-84)
Phillies 9 82-44 2003-2011 2002 (80-81)
Rays 3 69-57 2008-2010 2007 (66-96)
Twins 3 55-72 2008-2010 2007 (79-83)
Cardinals     3 67-61 2008-2010 2007 (78-84)

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