New York Yankees: Nestor Cortes Jr. and the Yankees look to number 14

The New York Yankees are looking forward to their 14th consecutive win in today’s 4:07 pm EDT game at Oakland Coliseum. It would be the third win over the Oakland Athletics and another series win. If they can reach 14, it will be the first time the Yankees have had 14 consecutive wins since 1941.

The Saturday matinee will pit Nestor Cortes Jr. against Frankie Montas. Cortes has been a blessing for the Yankees since taking over for the injured Corey Kluber. The Yankees won 6 of his 8 starts as he was stretched from a reliever to a starter. His last win was against the Twins when he threw 104 pitches, getting seven strikeouts giving up only 2 runs. Half of the A’s have never seen Cortes pitch. Only Matt Olsen has been successful off him.

Cortes will face Frankie Montas, 9-9, with an ERA of 3.84 and 161 strikeouts. Only the ex-Ranger Yankees have faced Montas, Rougie Odor, and Joey Gallo have hit well off of him.  Montes is coming off two straight losses, one against the White Sox and one against the Giants.

Last night the New York Yankees won their 13 straight games in an already historic road trip. The Yankees have won over the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, and the Athletics during their winning streak. The last time the Yankees won 13 in a row was back in 1961. Then, it was a 4-3 win over the White Sox at Comiskey Park with a team with such famous names as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Elston Howard, Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Bill Skowron, Hector Lopez, Clete Boyer, and Ralph Terry pitching.

Going for their 14th consecutive win is a feat that has only been done six times in the Yankee’s 120-year history, from when they were the Baltimore Orioles. The last time the feat was accomplished was 70 years ago, from June 28 -July 13, 1941. This was completed during Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. It was his 40th to 53rd game with a hit.  Consecutive win number 14 resulted from Red Ruffing pitching an 11th inning shutout 1-0 win.

The New York Yankees had a 15 consecutive game win in 1906 and 1960, a 16 game streak in 1926, and an 18 in a row streak in 1953. the most consecutive win in Yankees history was 19 from June 29th to July 17th back in 1947. That feat is even more incredible because the Yankees had to play four doubleheaders in three cities across a six-day span. They swept them all, including two in Cleveland on July 17th, to stretch to 19 wins.