Yankees Lose 9th Straight, And Could Be Headed Towards First Sub .500 Season Since 1992
On June 7, 2023, the New York Yankees placed team Captain, Aaron Judge, on the 10-day DL with a right toe sprain after the 6’7″ right fielder, ran into the bottom of the right field fence at Dodger Stadium, causing him to miss time on the field.
Judge had just come off a terrific month of May, where he hit .342 (26 for 76), scoring 23 runs, hitting five doubles, 12 home runs, while driving in 25 runs, with a .882 Slugging percentage.
On May 31st, the Bronx Bombers were 10 games over .500 at 34-24, six games out of first, but .5 games up in the Wild Card. From Judge’s departure up to his return on July 28th, the Yankees went 24-25, putting their record at 54-49. In prior seasons, that may have had them close to the top of the division, but in 2023, all five teams in the AL East division are playing above .500 ball. The AL East is probably one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball.
Since July 28th, the Yankees are 6-17, and have fallen five games under .500. Yankee fans have not seen such a losing streak at this time of the year in years, let alone a nine game losing streak since 1982. What is worse is the Yankees have not had a sub .500 season in over 30 seasons, last one in 1992 when they finished at 76-86. Since 1992, the Yankees have not lost more then 78 games and the last time they did lose 78 games was in 2016, when they finished in 4th place for the first time since 1992.
The team can turn this around and save face and not make history as they are just five games under .500 on August 23rd.
The losing streak started with a loss to above .500 teams in the Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox, but the low blow came on Tuesday, when they dropped a 2-1 game to the lowly Washington Nationals, who currently sit at 58-68 and last place in the NL East.
But the case for the Yankees don’t get any better, as the Nats are playing winning baseball after winning eight of their last 10 games. If the Yankees don’t turn the losing around in the next two games against Washington, the next team is not an easy task, as travel to Tampa Bay to take on the division rivals, the Rays, who are 76-51 and just two games out of first.
Before Judge went down, the Yankees looked to be the team to beat behind the Rays, but since he return the team has not done enough to turn the tide. The Captain has struggled to get back on track, as he has only five home runs since his return and is batting just .200 in August.
But it’s not fair to lay all the pressure of winning on only Judge, he is only one man and can’t do it all, as no one is batting better than .269 over the last 30 days and even the pitching has struggled to keep up.
So a major change is needed and maybe it starts with the manager, maybe they play out the season and look to make major changes in the fall. At this point a late postseason run looks like it’s not in the Yankees favor as they sit 17 games out of first and 10.5 out of a Wild Card spot with a little more than a month of baseball to be played. The odds are not really in the Yankees favor.
Injuries happen, teams struggle and some don’t even show up, but the Yankees have the tools to get back on top, it will just take time to figure out what will work. But it looks highly unlikely all of that figuring out will happen in 2023.
Too bad for Judge’s injury, as it was looking like a great run to another historic home run chase. The hope is that the Yankees still have one more run in them to avoid a historic finish as thirty years is a long time to provide winning baseball, no reason to stop now.
“The Yankees last 10 game losing streak occurred before World War I”
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— ZT🗽 (@NY_EvilEmpire) August 23, 2023