Did you think we were being hyperbolic when we said there's a new doomsday stat for the 2023 New York Yankees almost every 24 hours? Even if you fell asleep for three weeks and just woke up, the trend hasn't stopped. On Tuesday, the Bombers dropped their ninth straight game to the Washington Nationals.
That's their longest losing streak since 1982. Forty-one years. And they put an exclamation point on it with two (2) hits on the evening, both coming from their No. 9 hitter. They left seven runners on base. They went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. They made an error for the fourth straight game. They wasted another quality outing from their starting pitching staff (Carlos Rodón's best of the 2023 season).
To repeat once again: the Yankees are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and finishing with a losing season for the first time since 1992. This was supposed to be a World Series contender coming off a 99-win 2022 campaign.
All of a sudden, this could end up being one of the most disappointing teams in franchise history. The bloated payroll. The injuries. The player regressions. The lagging prospects/young talent. The failure to hit with runners in scoring positon. The inability to execute basic baseball fundamentals. The nonexistent clutch gene.
The fans knew it was bad. But this bad? Not even the most pessimistic fan saw this coming.
What are the longest losing streaks in New York Yankees franchise history?
As of now, this is tied for the longest Yankees losing streak in 100 years. One more loss makes it the undisputed longest in 100 years. And then it gets dicey.
The Yankees are in dangerous territory, as they could match the franchise's horrific days from 1903-1919 when they had just five winning seasons, zero playoff berths, and the worst losing streaks to date.
Did we mention that the nine-game losing streak in 1982 marked the beginning of a 13-year playoff drought? As for the losing streaks from 1908-1913 (that's pre-World War I!), their best players on those infamous teams were Charlie Hemphill, Russ Ford, Jack Warhop and Ray Caldwell. They went through five managers over that span.
If you're wondering if it can worse, it sure can! Luis Severino pitches on Wednesday and there's no scheduled starter for Thursday. That 12-game losing streak is in very realistic striking distance.
If that happens, somebody needs to go before the season ends, without question.