Losing streaks are nothing new for Showalter
Should the Orioles lose on Tuesday night, Buck Showalter will match his career-worst losing streak as a manager at nine games. Showalter has already established a unique mark in that he has posted eight-game losing streaks with four different clubs: the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers, and Orioles. Two of those streaks came in his first year with the team (Diamondbacks and Rangers).
Showalter's Rangers lost nine straight games in the early part of 2003, a streak that ran from May 30 to June 8. It was Showalter's first season with the club, and Texas finished with a 71-91 record.
This is the fourth time that Showalter has experienced an eight-game losing streak as a manager. Most recently, he lost eight straight with the Rangers in 2005. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, had an eight-game losing streak from May 5 to May 13, 1998, under Showalter, and the Yankees lost eight straight from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 1995.
Of all the teams to experience eight-game losing streaks under Showalter, only the 1995 Yankees posted a winning record. The '95 Yankees finished 79-65 during that strike-shortened season. The '05 Rangers went 79-83 while the '98 Rangers had a 65-97 mark.
Showalter's longest losing streak during his abbreviated tenure with the Orioles in 2010 was four. The Birds dropped a game to the Red Sox on Sept. 22 followed by three straight losses to Toronto. The 2010 Orioles played 12 games under Showalter before experiencing back-to-back losses on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.