Winning Streaks

August 20, 2010 – 4:33 pm

OK, I got to thinking about winning streaks and how it sure would be a good time to go on one about now, and it occurred to me that it seemed like last year we saw a lot of long winning streaks.  So I did a little bit of research and sure enough — last year at this point in the season the Yankees’ record was pretty much identical to this year’s record — 75-46 this year vs. 76-45 last year.  But at this point last year, they had put together eleven (!) distinct winning streaks of six games or more.  And this year?  Only three streaks that long.  Now of course, given that the overall records are the same, that implies there were a lot of losing streaks last year as well.  And sure enough, last year they had losing streaks of three or more games nine times, whereas this year they’ve only had four such streaks.  In fact, the longest losing streak this year is just three games which I suspect is pretty remarkable.  Bottom line is that the 2010 Yankees are a heckuva lot more consistent than last year’s team, but the end result so far has been the same.

I have no idea what any of this means.  But I’d still like to see a 7- or 8-game winning streak!

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