Just how bad are the Yankees right now?
Not only can they not win anymore, these days they can’t even get a lead.
Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Nationals in The Bronx with a nine-game losing streak – their longest since 1982 – the Yankees haven’t even had a lead in the last 61 innings.
The last time they led was when they scored a run in the top of the second inning go up 2-1 in Atlanta on their way to an 11-3 loss Aug. 14.
It’s the third-longest such streak in franchise history, according to Elias, and it’s just two innings shy of the 63-inning record stretch set in 1906.
The 2000 World Series champion Yankees oddly own the second-longest streak with a 62-inning stretch without a lead from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, before they got going again in the playoffs.
That 2000 team also set the franchise record of six straight games without a lead – which it did twice – and the 2023 Yankees team has matched that.
So if the Yankees fail to get a lead versus Washington by the third inning, they’ll have set an unfortunate new record and they could be on their way to more unwelcome milestones.
A loss Wednesday would be the first Yankee losing streak of 10 games or longer since 1913, when they dropped 13 in a row.
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