The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees combined to win 208 games in 2018. Both entered 2019 as legitimate World Series contenders.
Through nearly three weeks of the MLB season, they've been anything but.
The Red Sox enter their two-game series against the Yankees with a 6-11 record, tied for last in the American League East with the lowly Baltimore Orioles and ahead of only the Kansas City Royals in the AL.
New York hasn't been much better: The Bronx Bombers are 6-9 and have lost five of their last six games while dealing with a rash of injuries.
Put it all together, and you have one of the worst Red Sox-Yankees series of the last three decades.
The Red Sox (6-11) and Yankees (6-9) are 57-57 against each other in the regular season since the start of 2013.
Tonight will mark the first time in 27 years these teams will both have a losing record when playing each other at least 15 games into a season (last: 1992).
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) April 16, 2019
So much for that renewed rivalry.
The first Sox-Yankees series of the season still has plenty of juice -- ace Chris Sale gets the start against new Yankee hurler James Paxton on Tuesday -- and the bitter AL East rivals have ample time to turn things around.
But as the above note proves, we're getting to the point where this isn't exactly a small sample size for either team.