STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

The Twins on Saturday lost their eighth consecutive game to the Yankees, with another game Sunday and three more next weekend in New York. The Yankees already own two of the longest winnings streaks in Twins history. The Twins’ longest losing streaks against one team:

Games Opp., Years

13       Tex    1998-99

13       NYY  2001-02

12       Bal    1979-80

12       Oak   2013-14

11       Det    2010-11

11       TB     2012-13

10     NYY   1972-73

10     Bos    1977-78

10     Tor     1986-87

10     Tor     2007-09

The lack of clutch hits has been a theme during the past five seasons, but it’s reaching new extremes in 2016. Some data:

Worst season averages with runners in scoring position in Twins history:

.220    2016

.225    2013

.233    1968

.238    1964

.240    1966

It gets much worse with bases loaded. Only once, in 1982, have the Twins batted below .200 with bases loaded. This season? .109. No Twins player has more than one bases-loaded hit. And with bases loaded and two outs, the Twins are 0-for-20.