NEW YORK -- One hundred sixty-two games is a full Major League season. In the 2018-19 Yankees’ case, it’s also the length of the team’s active streak without being shut out -- Wednesday’s 8-7 win over the Blue Jays was game 162 of the streak. The streak was extended with
NEW YORK -- One hundred sixty-two games is a full Major League season. In the 2018-19 Yankees’ case, it’s also the length of the team’s active streak without being shut out -- Wednesday’s 8-7 win over the Blue Jays was game 162 of the streak. The streak was extended with Didi Gregorius' second-inning home run, which also extended another active streak -- the Yankees’ MLB-record 29-game home run streak.
The Yankees’ 162-game streak without being shut out in the regular season is the longest in the Majors since the Reds went a span of 208 games in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Reds were also the last team to go 162 games without being shut out. Yankees manager Aaron Boone must know a thing or two about shutout streaks -- he was a player on the Reds during their 208-game streak.
The last team to make it 160 games before the Yankees was the 2001 Rangers, who had a 160-game streak that spanned further into the ‘01 season than the Reds’ streak.
The last time the Yankees were shut out was June 30, 2018, at home against the Red Sox, a game the Sox won, 11-0. Chris Sale, Heath Hembree and Hector Velazquez combined to keep the Yankees off the board -- and no other team has done so since. The Yankees got just two hits in that game, singles by Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres.
Since July 1, 2018, every other team has been shut out at least three times. The Marlins have been shut out the most in that time period -- 19 times entering Wednesday. The Tigers have been shut out 16 times and the Reds 15 to round out the teams to be shut out 15 or more times in that span.
And on the delivering end? The Yankees have shut out their opponents nine times in that same span. The most shutouts pitched by any team since July 1 of last season is 16 by the Indians.
The Yankees still have a way to go to reach the all-time record, which belongs, fittingly, to the Yankees of yesteryear. The 1931-33 Yankees went 308 straight games without being shut out in a streak that began Aug. 3, 1931, and ended on Aug. 3, 1933, when Lefty Grove shut them out all on his own.
Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.