The New York Yankees went from the most unstoppable team in all of baseball to a complete shell of themselves that is unable to do anything right on the diamond.
After dropping two of three to the lowly Orioles, could they use a home series against the Toronto Blue Jays to gain momentum?
The answer was an emphatic no, as the Yankees not only lost all four games against Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the white-hot Jays, but they didn’t even hold a lead during any part of that series.
It’s been literally a century since we have seen this franchise look so feckless during a homestand, it’s almost unprecedented for it to happen this late in the season during the middle of a playoff race. You have to go back to the beginning of the 1900s to find the last time this happened.
The Yankees haven’t been swept in a four-game series at home without leading since 1908, when the team was known as the New York Highlanders and baseball was so fundamentally different from how it looks today.
Any time you’re breaking marks for offensive futility set in the Dead Ball Era, something has gone horribly wrong.
The New York Yankees haven’t lost like this since 1908.
The 1908 Highlanders won just 51 games and finished last in the American League. Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Chesbro was supplemented by the likes of Wid Conroy at third, Slow Joe Doyle in relief, and a bench featuring players like Queenie O’Rourke, Birdie Cree, Kid Elberfeld, and Irish McIlveen. What a squad this was.
This was the first time in any four-game series that the Yankees didn’t hold a lead since 1924 against the Washington Senators. The combination of some horrid bullpen management and a shocking lack of aggression at the plate has helped Toronto leap right back into the playoff hunt.
The last time the Yankees dropped four straight at home without a lead, Teddy Roosevelt was the president, the game’s highest player (Nap Lajole) made $8,500, a loaf of bread cost 88 cents, America only had 46 states, and the modern zipper was not invented yet. Calling that series unacceptable is the understatement of the year.
It’s hard to diagnose what the biggest problems on this team are when quite literally everything has fallen off a cliff just weeks after they were beyond reproach on the mound, in the field, and at the plate. If Aaron Boone doesn’t give this team the kick in the rear that it needs, we might see more dubious records like this one get broken.