Remembering two notable Yanks’ winning streaks

Gammons: Yankees bid $25-30M for Jorge Soler
David Aardsma to begin minor league rehab stint tomorrow

With a victory over Washington yesterday afternoon the Yankees swept their third straight series, extending their winning streak to nine games. After an uninspiring start to the season, this is just the jolt that they needed. They now come home with the best winning percentage in the AL, and the second best win percentage in the majors. The best part: the streak is still going.

The current win streak harkens back just three years to 2009, when the Yankees also got off to a relatively poor start. After losing a pair of two-game series to Boston and Tampa Bay, the Yanks sat at 13-15. They got the ball rolling the next game, when Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer on his first swing of the season and CC Sabathia shut out the Orioles. They won that series, but then lost the first game against Toronto. After that, however, they started to turn around the season.

Against Toronto, Minnesota, and Baltimore they rattled off nine straight wins, improving to 24-17. After the losses to Boston and Tampa Bay they were 5.5 games back in the East. Two weeks later, after the nine-game streak, they were just 1.5 games back in the East and had moved a whopping four games ahead of Tampa Bay. There were fits and starts after that, but that win streak got them moving in the right direction. A seven-game streak in late June turned them around for good.

Yet that might not have been the most season-altering streak in recent memory. In 2005 the Yankees got off to their now infamous 11-19 start. They were nine games back in the East at that point, but things would turn around quickly. Tino Martinez fueled the ensuing 10-game winning streak, going 12 for 38 with a double and eight home runs on his way to 19 RBI. The Yankees went from nine back in the East to five back. Though it took two months for them to finally reach first place, it’s the win streak that got them moving.

The Yankees started this current streak in quite a different position. They were already 31-25 before it started, and were just a half game back in the AL East. That’s because they rattled off a five-game win streak in late May, after dropping to .500 against Kansas City. So while the streak is only at nine, it’s really 19 of 23. The best part about this stretch is that during it they’ve played just three teams below .500: Kansas City, Oakland, and Detroit. The entire nine-game streak has been against teams above .500.

In 2005 and 2009, the Yankees absolutely needed those streaks. In 2005 they were at a low point and needed an immediate turnaround. In 2009 the expectations were so high that the constant losses to Boston stung that much more. During those streaks they made up lost ground and got themselves back in the picture. This year is a bit different. They had started playing well before the streak, and this surge sent them to to the top. If the aftereffect is anything like those years, though, we can expect dominance from here on out.

Gammons: Yankees bid $25-30M for Jorge Soler
David Aardsma to begin minor league rehab stint tomorrow
  • nsalem

    One of the greatest and underrated Yankee winning streaks occurred at the end of the 1960 season.
    Baltimore came into NY a 1/2 a game or a game behind the Yankee’s. Yankee’s swept the Orioles and didn’t lose a game for the rest of the rest of the season closing out with a 14 game winning streak. The streak probably has been lost in time due to the controversy surrounding the 1960 WS where the Yankee’s dominated play (almost outscoring the Pirates by 30 runs) but still losing in 7 games. So much for momentum. Wonder what the PYTHAG would have been for that series.

  • mt

    Hard to believe but ESPN stats said this is Yankees first nine game winning streak against teams with a wining record in their long history. Think about that.

  • mt

    Hard to believe but ESPN stats said this is Yankees first nine game winning streak against teams with a winning record in their long history. Think about that.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Can the Yankees move to the NL?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Only if they’re allowed to use the DH. I hate having at least 3 auto-outs in the line up every night, it’s incredibly frustrating.

    • Havok9120

      AL West = NL with the DH. Just switch us and LA.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        That works too, but that would be a little boring…that’s at least 98 wins every season, and winning the division every season…I’d find it hard to get excited about regular season baseball.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          10:05 start times every night!

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  • Incitatus

    My personal favorite winning streak: the five-game sweep in… 2005? usually called “Boston Massacre II.” I really wish that shit was on DVD, I could watch Boston choke for five games in a row at least once a year. It would really warm me up some chilly January weekend.

    • jjyank

      That was 2006, but yeah, it was awesome. It happened right as I moved intro my freshman college dorm (in Red Sox territory). I was able to smack talk from day one haha.

    • gc

      I don’t normally care one way or another about “the rivalry,” and think it’s been blown entirely out of proportion by fans on both sides (far more by Boston fans), but I seriously couldn’t stop laughing during that whole 5 game series.

  • Will The Thrill

    I love how writers are trying to trash the Yanks by saying their winning streak was against weak competition.

    Yeah Silverman. We only swept a team with a top 5 offense and another team with a top 5 pitching staff. Everyone just loves to hate the Yankees don’t they.

  • fin

    LOL that was an awful article. Those teams are so afraid of the Yankees that, it is worth at least a run a game. I also liked that because the Reds took 2 of 3 from the Yankees to start the season, they will make a big run in the playoffs. Yet the Yankees arent that good? He’s judging the potential of a team based on waht they did against the Yankees over a month ago.

  • Brad G.

    Fucking moron…