The worst 20 game skids in Padres history

USA TODAY Sports

Over the weekend I wrote about how the Padres had gone 3-17 in their last 20 games. I knew things were bad, but I just didn't realize how bad until I actually counted the number of losses. I figured with a record like that it must be one of the worst 20 consecutive games the Padres had ever played. I was wrong.

As it turns out a 3-17 streak actually isn't that rare for the Padres. It's happened bunches of times, in 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1999, 1996, 2003, 2009, 2011 and 2013. That kind of makes you feel better about things, right?

In 1969, the inaugural year of the Padres, they lost more than 17 in 20 games on quite a few occasions. There's a lot of overlap but that season ended really poorly. Which is why those summer months of June, July and August are the worst in franchise history.

Most losses in a 20 game span

Start Date

End Date

Losses

Jul 26 1969

Aug 17 1969

19

Jun 6 1969

Jun 24 1969

18

Jun 7 1969

Jun 25 1969

18

Jun 12 1969

Jun 30 1969

18

Jun 13 1969

Jul 1 1969

18

Jun 14 1969

Jul 2 1969

18

Jul 28 1969

Aug 20 1969

18

Jun 17 1969

Jul 6 1969

18

Jul 20 1969

Aug 16 1969

18

Jul 24 1969

Aug 16 1969

18

Jul 25 1969

Aug 17 1969

18

Jul 27 1969

Aug 19 1969

18

Jun 15 1969

Jul 4 1969

18

Their 19 losses in 20 games was awful and ended with back-to-back double headers on August 16th and August 17th, in which they lost all four games. The only win in that span was their 110th game where they barely beat St. Louis 3-2 after being tied most of the game. They needed a walk-off homer in the 9th to win it. Otherwise it would have been 20 straight. Oof!

On the bright side, the Padres have gone 17-3 twice in a 20 game span. Once in 1989 and once in 2005.

Most wins in a 20 game span

Start Date

End Date

Wins

Apr 29 2005

May 20 2005

17

Aug 23 1989

Sep 13 1989

17

Now you know.

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