Yankees’ nightmare: 9-Game losing streak hits 40-year low

The Yankees player during the game against the Boston Red Sox, on August, 2023.
Amanda Paula
Wednesday August 23, 2023

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On Tuesday night, the New York Yankees experienced their ninth consecutive loss, bringing their season record to 60-65 after a 2-1 defeat against the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium.

This ongoing nine-game losing streak represents the Yankees’ most significant slump in over four decades. The team’s most recent victory came on August 11 when they played against the Miami Marlins.

None of the current players on the Yankees’ active roster were alive during the last instance when the team suffered a nine-game losing streak, which occurred from September 13 to 21, 1982.

The main culprit for Tuesday’s loss was once again a struggling offense. The Yankees’ hitters managed to produce only two hits during the game, both credited to Ben Rortvedt, including a solo home run. Throughout this challenging stretch, the Bronx Bombers have recorded six hits or fewer in six separate instances.

The Washington Nationals secured their victory with home runs from Carter Kieboom and CJ Abrams.

As a result of this losing streak, the Yankees, a team with 27 World Series championships, have plummeted to the bottom of the American League East standings and are now trailing the final wild-card spot by ten games.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone openly acknowledged the team’s low morale after the game. He stated, “Putting in all that effort to come out with a loss repeatedly, especially during a tough season, takes its toll. However, we need to resist that sentiment and return tomorrow with determination to compete. It’s certainly disheartening to enter that locker room after yet another defeat.”

New York Yankees' rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe hit a 3-run HR against Boston at Yankee Stadium on Aug 20, 2023.

The Yankees’ current sub-.500 record marks the first time they’ve been in such a position this far into a season since 1992.

According to CNN, the Yankees’ most recent ten-game losing streak occurred from May 21 to June 6, 1913, back when they were known as the Yankees for the first time and shared the Polo Grounds with the then New York Giants.

After the game, Yankees starter Carlos Rodón, who limited the Nationals to only one run over six innings pitched, addressed the losing streak. He commented, “It’s undoubtedly unsettling; this isn’t where we want to be. Despite the Nationals being a formidable team, we didn’t execute. It’s been nine consecutive losses, as you mentioned. I believe it’s a situation where we need to focus on the upcoming game tomorrow; we have another chance.”

The Yankees are set to face the Nationals twice more at home on Wednesday and Thursday before embarking on a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida.

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