Go Giants! Can you lose 19 in a row?!

Good morning everyone,

It's looking like today is going to be nice and then we can expect rain tomorrow and clouds on Monday and Tuesday-it's also going to be a bit cooler than it has been, starting tomorrow. From Wednesday, it'll both warm up and clear up and the nice weather will continue till the end of the week.

In their 83 years of existence, the Yomiuri Giants have never had a stretch quite this bad.

The rapidly sinking Kyojin reached new depths on Wednesday night after Shingo Ishikawa struck out to end a 3-0 loss to the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome. It was the 12th straight defeat for the Giants, the worst losing streak in team history.

The lossess kept coming on Thursday. The Giants fell for a 13th straight game, going down 13-2 against the Lions, the worse loss of their current slide, which began with a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Hanshin Tigers on May 25.

Almost any and everything that could’ve gone wrong has during the team’s record cold spell. Some of their fans, weary of the losing, showed up on both Wednesday and Thursday nights with large white banners emblazoned with black exhortations for the team to right the ship. Instead, it was more of the same, another defeat.

“Everyone is struggling,” first baseman Shinnosuke Abe told Sports Hochi after Wednesday’s game.

The last time the Giants were in a rut like this was in 1975, the first year NPB legend Shigeo Nagashima managed the club. Nagashima oversaw a then-record run of 11 straight decisions without a win in September of that year. Those Giants had a tie mixed in, with their longest slide in terms of consecutive games reaching nine.

Manager Yoshinobu Takahashi has tinkered with his lineup, brought Luis Cruz up from the farm and on Tuesday finally got Daikan Yoh, who was acquired as a free agent over the offseason and has missed most of the season while recovering from injuries, into the lineup. Nothing has worked.

The team has been held to two or fewer runs in nine of the 13 games of the losing streak, and have been shut out three times over that period. The Giants have hit just four home runs — three by Shuichi Murata and another from Hisayoshi Chono — during the losing streak, with all four coming in a three-game period from June 1-3.

On the pitching side, ace Tomoyuki Sugano allowed eight runs in five innings against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on May 30, and gave up five in six innings against the Lions on Tuesday. Yomiuri’s starters had just three quality starts — pitched by Miles Mikolas, Ryosuke Miyaguni and Kazuto Taguchi — over the 13-game period, and the bullpen failed to hold leads on a few occasions.

No team with a losing streak of 11 games has ever finished in the top half of the standings. The best finish was by the 2015 Lions, who finished fourth in the Pacific League after losing 13 in a row during that season.

On the other hand, it’s only June, and even in their current downturn, the Giants were only 3½ games out of third place in the Central League Thursday morning.

In purely historical terms, the Giants still have time to avoid sinking to an all-time low. The Chiba Lotte Marines own the longest losing streak in NPB history, dropping 18 straight in 1998.

Only 6 more losses and then the Giants will have the record for losses in a row. Am I happy because they're losing? No, I'm not that mean. But I certainly don't feel sorry for them-it's about time they learned that you can't buy a championship every year anymore.

Call me a cynic, but I'm sure that the Giants' owner will implement some new rule next year that will give them an unfair advantage again...ha ha!

Have a great day!


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