New York Yankees: Yankeemetrics

Yankees, Wells, Rivera hit right numbers

June, 22, 2013
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Five has turned out to be the magic number for the Yankees for the last two seasons.

The Yankees have now won their last 37 games when scoring at least 5 runs dating back to September of last season (including 24 this year). That is tied for the fourth-longest such streak in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) by an AL team.

The last time the Yankees had a longer streak in 1961-1962 when they won 40 straight games in which they scored five or more runs. The Yankees won the World Series in each of those seasons.

What else was statistically notable from this game?

•  Zoilo Almonte had his second straight nice game, with three RBI. Almonte now has four hits and four RBI in his first two career starts.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that he's the third player in Yankees history with at least four hits and four RBI in his first two starts. The others: Yankees legend Lou Gehrig (1923) and oft-forgotten prospect Brian Dayett (1983).

•  The Wil Myers grand slam had a lot of nifty statistical components to it. Rays PR was quick to point out that at age 22, he was the youngest to hit a grand slam in Yankee Stadium since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1991.

Elias also chimed in with Myers being the first whose first career homer was a grand slam at Yankee Stadium since Hideki Matsui in 2003.

•  The Bureau also noted that of the five times in which a player has hit his first grand slam against a Cy Young Award winner, four of the pitchers involved were either Yankees or Mets.

The other Yankees-related instance came in 1960 when Senators pitcher Camilo Pascual homered against Yankees former Cy Young winner Bob Turley.

•  The go-ahead hit by Vernon Wells was his first extra-base hit since May 31. it was the second pinch-hit of the season for Wells, who entered 2013 with two career pinch-hits.

Wells' game-winning double in the 7th inning was off a 96-mph fastball. Prior to that hit, was hitless in his last 12 at-bats ending in a fastball of 95+ mph and didn't have a hit on pitch like that since April 27.

•  Lastly, Mariano Rivera closed out the game with his 634th career save.

To put that total in historical perspective consider this: It's the same number of saves as Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley (390) and star-of-the-80s Dan Quisenberry (244) combined for in their careers.

Rivera is now 27-for-27 in save chances against the Rays at home for his career. His 26 saves this season are his second-most by June 22 in his career. He had 27 in 2004.

Katie Sharp, Mark Simon, John Fisher and Scott Beaman compiled the information for this post

Yankeemetrics: ALDS Edition

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Rich Pilling/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesRaul Ibanez etched his name in the record books with this swing.
CC Aces the O's
CC Sabathia tossed a gem in Game 5 to send the Yankees to the ALCS for the 15th time in franchise history. He is the third Yankee to throw a complete game in a winner-take-all matchup, along with Johnny Kucks in the 1956 World Series and Ralph Terry in the 1962 World Series.

Sabathia is now undefeated in his past eight postseason starts, the fifth longest streak in Yankees history.

He is also the first Yankee to pitch at least 8⅔ innings and allow two runs or fewer in consecutive postseason games since Whitey Ford threw two shutouts in the 1960 World Series.

Not Extra Special
The Yankees couldn't overcome Orioles Magic in their 13-inning Game 4 loss. Robinson Cano became the third Yankee to go hitless in six at-bats in a postseason game, joining Mickey Rivers in the 1977 World Series and Chuck Knoblauch in the 1998 ALCS.

The team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, their most RISP at-bats without a hit in a postseason game since going 0-for-10 in Game 1 of the 1950 World Series.

The Legend of Raul
Three pitches. Two swings. And one place in baseball history.

Raul Ibanez delivered perhaps the greatest single-game performance in Yankees postseason history in Game 3 with his game-tying homer in the ninth inning and game-winning blast three frames later.

Ibanez’s name now stands alone in the baseball record books as the only player ever to hit two homers in a postseason game with both coming in the ninth inning or later.

He is also the first player in major-league history to hit two homers off the bench in a postseason game, and the first ever with exactly two plate appearances and two homers.

Finally, at the age of 40, Ibanez became the oldest player to hit a walk-off homer in the postseason and the oldest with a multi-homer game as well.

Not bad for a guy who saw three pitches all night.

A-Goat Whiffs Again
In an at-bat that surprised few Yankees fans, Alex Rodriguez struck out to end Game 2 as the Yankees lost 3-2. It was his fourth career game-ending strikeout in a postseason game, the most of any player in major-league history.

It was also the second time he's struck out to end a postseason game with his team trailing by a run. The only other player in baseball with two career postseason game-ending strikeouts in a one-run loss is Dick Sisler.

Martin, Maris and DiMaggio
Russell Martin was the hero in Game 1 but Sabathia delivered the performance of the night.

Sabathia threw 8⅔ innings of two-run ball to notch his fifth career Game 1 win, matching John Smoltz and Red Ruffing for the most all time.

Martin provided the muscle with his game-winning ninth-inning homer. The only other Yankees catcher to hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game was Jim Leyritz in Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS.

Stat of the Series
The Yankees are now 93-0 when leading after eight innings at home in the postseason. That is by far the most wins without a loss in that situation by any team in MLB history. The Orioles are second at 21-0.

The Series in Yankeemetrics (August 13-16)

August, 17, 2012
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AP Photo/Seth WenigNick Swisher and Mark Teixeira celebrate during the Yankees' win on Tuesday.
Stat Of Series
Nick Swisher’s grand slam Monday was his 200th career home run, giving the Yankees seven players with at least 200 career homers. The only other team in major-league history to have seven players with at least 200 career homers was the 2008 Yankees.

No Relief Against Texas
All good winning streaks must come to an end, right? Prior to Thursday's loss, the Yankees had won eight straight home games against Texas, tied for their longest home winning streak against the franchise.

The bullpen imploded, allowing a season-high six runs and nine hits. It was the first time the Yankees' relievers combined to allow that many hits and runs against the Rangers since 2002.

And it is just the fourth time they have done that at home versus Texas (1983 and twice in 1998).

Steady Freddy Ropes Rangers
Freddy Garcia continued his solid pitching since returning to the rotation with a win on Wednesday. Garcia threw a season-high 32 splitters, netting him seven outs and no baserunners allowed with the pitch.

Garcia improved to 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Rangers since the start of 2006. During that span, only Zack Greinke has a better ERA against the Rangers (1.26) than Garcia (minimum five starts).

This was the third straight game the Yankees held the Rangers under three runs, the first time they have done that in the same series versus the Rangers since 1985.

Kuroda Is Our Hiro
On Tuesday, Hiroki Kuroda pitched the best game of the season by a Yankee, with a two-hit shutout against the Rangers. It was the first shutout allowing two hits or fewer by a Yankee since Chien-Ming Wang in 2006 against the Rays, and the first against the Rangers since Ron Guidry in 1977.

Kuroda also became the first Yankees right-hander to throw a two-hit shutout against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

Seventeen of the 22 balls in play (77 percent) were grounders, Kuroda’s highest rate over the last four seasons. His 17 groundball outs are also his most during that span.

Kuroda’s fastball averaged a season-high 93.2 MPH and he recorded a season-best 14 outs on his heater, with one hit allowed.

Swisher Slams Texas
Swisher hit his sixth career grand slam, and second this season, in the Yankees' series-opening win. He joins Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson with at least two slams this season.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the second time in franchise history the Yankees have had three different players with multiple grand slams in one season. In 2010, Alex Rodriguez, Cano and Jorge Posada all did it.

Derek Lowe pitched four scoreless innings in relief in his first appearance in pinstripes to earn the save. Elias also tells us that Lowe is the first Yankee to record a save of at least four innings in his debut with the team.

My blogging colleague Mark Simon chimes in with this great fact: Lowe is the first pitcher to pitch for the Yankees after defeating them in a postseason series-clincher at Yankee Stadium (he won Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS).

Ridiculous Yankeemetric Of Series
On Wednesday, Eric Chavez joined Craig Nettles (1979) and Alex Rodriguez (2009) as the only Yankees third basemen to go 3-for-3 or better against the Rangers since they moved to Texas in 1972.

First Pitch: Yankeemetrics (Aug. 10-12)

August, 13, 2012
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AP Photo/Chris YoungRobinson Cano hit his 25th homer of the season on Sunday.
Cano Crushes Canada
The Yankees finished their road trip with a 10-7 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Robinson Cano hit his 25th homer of the season and 169th of his career. With that longball, he tied the Yankees record for most career home runs by a regular second baseman, originally set by Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri.

He also became the fourth second baseman in major-league history with four straight seasons of at least 25 homers.

Dan Uggla tops the list with six seasons in a row while Alfonso Soriano and Ryne Sandberg also had four consecutive seasons of 25-plus homers.

Derek Jeter had three hits but he lined out against Casey Janssen in the ninth inning. Jeter is now 0-for-13 against Janssen, his second-most hitless at-bats against any pitcher, behind only Jorge Julio (14).

Nova Hooks The Birds
Ivan Nova broke out of his second-half slump on Saturday, striking out 10 with two runs allowed. He is the fifth Yankee in the Live Ball Era to have four career 10-strikeout games at the age of 25 or younger. The others are Al Downing (14), Lefty Gomez (8), Bob Turley (7), Hank Johnson (4).

He went to his curveball often, throwing it a career-high 44 percent of the time. The Blue Jays went 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in at-bats ending in a curve.

The nine curveball outs are his most in any start and his six curveball strikeouts are one shy of his career-best.

Nova used his hook to get ahead of batters (career-high 16 first-pitch curveballs) and to finish them off. The Blue Jays failed to put a two-strike curveball in play, striking out in all six two-strike at-bats ending in the hook.

Freddy Holds Steady
The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak in Toronto with a 10-4 win Friday. By the third inning they had scored more runs (3) than they had in their previous 27 innings at the Rogers Centre (2).

Freddy Garcia also ended his personal five-start losing streak north of the border, which was tied for the longest losing streak in road starts against the Blue Jays by any major leaguer.

Garcia relied on his slider (33 of 78 pitches) and the pitch was most effective against righties, who were hitless in six at-bats ending in a slider. In his previous two starts, righties had four hits in nine at-bats ending in a slider from Garcia.

Ichiro Suzuki drove in half of the Yankees' runs, becoming the second Yankee age 38 years or older to have five RBIs in a road game for the Yankees. Ruben Sierra did it twice in 2004, against the Mariners and Blue Jays.

Mark Teixeira homered on a 94 mph fastball in the eighth inning. It was his 27th home run on a pitch 94 mph or faster since 2009, tied with David Ortiz for the most such homers during that span.

Ridiculous Yankeemetric of Series
My colleague Doug Kern notes that Ichiro is the fifth Yankee to have at least five RBIs on two or fewer hits, without either hit being a home run. The others were Bob Shawkey (1921), Al Downing (1966), Tino Martinez (1997), Bernie Williams (2005).

The Series in Yankeemetrics (Aug. 6-9)

August, 10, 2012
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US PresswireThe Yankees celebrate following their 12-8 win on Wednesday.
Stat of The Series
Thursday's 4-3 win snapped the Yankees' streak of eight straight losses in games decided by one run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest single-season streak for the Yankees since they lost nine such games in a row in 1944.

This is the One
The Yankees ended their losing streak in one-run games on Thursday in dramatic fashion when Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit homers in consecutive at-bats in the eighth inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

The last time the Yankees hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning or later on the road, with the first one tying the game and the second one giving them the lead, was 1955 when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle went back-to-back in a 3-2 win also in Detroit.

A Detroit Dozen
The Yankees 12-8 win Wednesday snapped their two-game losing streak but extended their stretch of poor pitching.

It was the third time in three games versus the Tigers they allowed at least six runs and 13 hits.

The last time they allowed at least six runs and 13 hits in three straight games to the same opponent was 1993 against the Indians. It's the first time they've done it against the Tigers in the Live Ball Era.

Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the year for his second straight 30-homer season. The only other Yankee center fielders with multiple 30-homer seasons were Mickey Mantle (9) and Joe DiMaggio (7).

Coming up short
The Yankees' ninth-inning rally wasn’t enough in their 6-5 loss on Tuesday. Granderson popped out to end the game with two men on. It’s the second time this season he has made the last out in a one-run game with runners on base. No other Yankee has done that more than once this season.

Nick Swisher hit his 25th double of the season in the loss. It’s the fourth-straight season he’s reached that mark in pinstripes. The only other Yankees to have at least four consecutive seasons of 25-plus doubles while starting at least half the games in right field are Babe Ruth (5) and Paul O’Neill (9).

Feelin’ the breeze in Motown
Justin Verlander dominated the Yankees on Monday as Detroit won 7-2. His 14 strikeouts matched the most ever by a Tigers pitcher against the Yankees, also done by Hal Newhouser (1943) and Jim Bunning (1958).

He is also the third major-league pitcher since 1913 to strike out 14 batters with no earned runs allowed against the Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The others were Jim Shaw (1914) and Chuck Finley (1995).

Ivan Nova had his second straight disaster start. He is the ninth Yankee in the Live Ball Era to allow at least seven earned runs and 10-plus hits in back-to-back starts, and the first since Monk Dubiel in 1944.

However, none of the previous eight guys did that with fewer than six innings pitched in each start, like Nova did.

Ridiculous Yankeemetric of Week
On Wednesday, for the fourth time in the Live Ball Era, the Yankees scored at least 12 runs and had 18 hits but only two or fewer extra-base hits in a game. It also happened in 1922, 1950 and 2005.

Series in Yankeemetrics (August 3-5)

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US PresswireIchiro Suzuki has a hit in his first 12 games as a Yankee.
The Vitamin "I" Brothers
The Yankees beat the Mariners 6-2 on Sunday, as Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 12 games -- matching Don Slaught in 1988 for the longest hitting streak to begin a Yankees career.

Suzuki also has exactly one hit and zero strikeouts in 12 straight games. That is the longest streak of "one-hit" games with no strikeouts by any major-league player in the Live Ball Era. The second-longest streak is 10 games, by Enos Slaughter (1939) and Yogi Berra (1953).

Raul Ibanez had two hits, and now has 68 hits this season, passing Deacon McGuire (67 in 1904) for the most by a Yankee in their age 40 season or older.

King of the Bronx
Felix Hernandez threw a two-hit shutout Saturday as the Yankees lost 1-0. It was his second shutout allowing two hits or fewer on the road against the Yankees, joining Jim Palmer and Billy Hoeft as the only pitchers to do that in the Live Ball Era.

His 1.13 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium is the lowest by any pitcher (minimum two starts), and only Jon Lester (five) has more wins at the ballpark as a visitor.

My colleague John Fisher notes that Hernandez has two shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium, as many as all Yankees pitchers combined.

This was the first time the Yankees had two hits or fewer in a 1-0 loss at Yankee Stadium since June 1, 1978 against the Orioles. The last time the Yankees lost 1-0 at home to the Mariners was May 17, 1991.

Ichiro extended his “one-hit” streak to 11 games, becoming the longest by any Yankee in the Live Ball Era. The previous record was shared by Joe Gordon (1943), Yogi Berra (1953), Bobby Richardson (1962), Danny Cater (1971) and Steve Sax (1990).

Hiroki Kuroda allowed just one run, and it was the first run he allowed in his five daytime starts this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first major-league pitcher since 1900 to start a season with four straight scoreless daytime starts.

CC Almost Perfect
The Yankees improved to an MLB-best 24-11 in series openers with a 6-3 win on Friday. CC Sabathia won his eighth straight start against the Mariners, tossing a 10-strikeout, complete-game gem. That’s the most consecutive starts won by a Yankee against the Mariners.

Since 1988 when pitch data is available, Sabathia is the third Yankee to throw a 10-strikeout complete game in 103 pitches or fewer. David Cone (1999) and Mike Mussina (2001) are the others.

Sabathia held the Mariners hitless in 15 at-bats ending in a slider, including eight strikeouts. The 15 outs are his most with the pitch in pinstripes.

The Mariners also were 1-for-19 on pitches in the lower third of the zone. The 18 low-pitch outs are a single-game high by any pitcher in 2012.

Ichiro extended his streak of exactly one hit to 10 straight games. According to Elias, he is the first player since 1900 to have exactly one hit in his first 10 games with any franchise.

Ridiculous Yankeemetric of the Series
Boone Logan pitched two perfect innings with no strikeouts to get the hold on Sunday. The only other Yankees lefty to earn a hold with at least two innings pitched, no baserunners and no strikeouts was Phil Coke on Sept. 3, 2008 at Tampa Bay.

Series in Yankeemetrics (July 30-Aug 1)

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Getty ImagesRobinson Cano hits his ninth career grand slam on Wednesday against the Orioles.

Stat of the Series
With their loss Tuesday, the Yankees finished July at 13-13, snapping their streak of 19 straight seasons with a winning record in July. That was the longest streak of winning “Julys” in major-league history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Cano Slams the Birds
The Yankees avoided a sweep with a 12-3 win on Wednesday. Robinson Cano hit his ninth career grand slam, and his second against the Orioles. He is the only Yankee to hit two grand slams at home against the Orioles since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Curtis Granderson's first-inning homer extended the Yankees' streak of consecutive home games with at least one home run to 20, tied for the second-longest in franchise history. The longest such streak is 23 games, in 1963.

In a nice twist of fate, the Orioles went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

It was third time in the last 40 seasons the Yankees held an opponent without a hit in at least 15 at-bats with RISP. The other two games were against the Red Sox, who went 0-for-19 on April 24, 2004, and 0-for-16 on Aug. 18, 2006.

Five is Not Enough
For the first time since the All-Star break, a Yankees loss was decided by more than two runs, as they were routed 11-5 on Tuesday. The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but then the Orioles answered back with seven runs in the top of the second.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in franchise history the Yankees led by at least five runs at the end of the first inning and then trailed in the second inning.

Ivan Nova (9 ER, 10 H, 5 IP) had the worst start of his career. He joined Bob Turley in 1962 as the only Yankees to allow at least nine earned runs and 10 hits against the Orioles in the Live Ball Era.

Nova allowed a career-high five hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Entering the game, he had held hitters to a .194 batting average with RISP, the fifth-lowest among AL starters.

Close But No Cigar
The Yankees' 3-2 loss on Monday dropped them to 6-11 against rookie starting pitchers this season. According to Elias, that is the worst record among AL teams.

Ichiro Suzuki provided one of the highlights, hitting his first homer with the Yankees, and the 100th of his career. No surprise that it was a 363-foot shot to right field; since 2009, all 27 of his homers have been to right field.

This marked the seventh time in seven games in pinstripes that Ichiro had exactly one hit. He is the first player in the Live Ball Era to start his Yankees career with exactly one hit in his first seven games with the team.

Ridiculous Yankeemetric Of Week
Casey McGehee went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in his first game in pinstripes on Wednesday. The only other Yankee in the Live Ball Era to have at least two walks and two runs scored but no hits in his Yankees debut was Jack Saltzgaver in 1932.

The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 27-29)

July, 30, 2012
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Getty ImagesMark Teixeira admires the game-tying home run he hit off Vicente Padilla on Saturday.
Stat of Series
The Yankees entered this series in first place in the AL East, while the Red Sox sat in last place in the division.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Yankees and Red Sox faced each other this late into the season (by calendar date) when the Yankees sat at the top of the standings and the Red Sox at the bottom was a three-games series at the end of 1932.

Boston Blues
The Yankees lost a second straight heartbreaker on Sunday night, 3-2, as Pedro Ciriaco was the Red Sox hero again with a go-ahead hit in the 10th inning. According to Elias, the last player with a go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning or later in consecutive games against the Yankees was the Angels' Wally Joyner on September 12-13, 1989.

The Yankees turned five double plays in the game, the most ever by the team against the Red Sox in the Live Ball era.

Four of them were induced by Hiroki Kuroda, matching the most GIDP by a Yankees pitcher against the Red Sox since 1920. The others were Eddie Lopat (1951), Bud Daley (1961), Fred Beene (1973) and Joba Chamberlain (2009).

Century of Bronx Bombers
The Yankees' rally came up short on Saturday as well, as they lost 8-6 on a game-winning triple by Ciriaco in the ninth inning. The only other Red Sox player since 1950 with a go-ahead triple in the ninth inning or later against the Yankees was Dave Stapleton in 1982 off Mike Morgan.

Mark Teixeira did his best to keep the Yankees alive with a two-run homer in the eighth inning to tie it at 6-6.

Since 1950, he is the fourth Yankee to hit a two-out, game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later versus the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Tony Kubek (1960), Roy White (1977) and Johnny Damon (2009) also did it.

The Yankees hit three homers in this game, bringing their total to 159 for the season -- the most hit through 100 games in franchise history and the sixth-most for any team in MLB history.

They also allowed a homer, their 112th of the season, which is tied for the third-most allowed through 100 games by a Yankee team.

Perfect Ten
The Yankees opened the series with a 10-3 win over Boston, blasting three home runs in the blowout. Raul Ibanez went deep first, joining Enos Slaughter and Jorge Posada as the only Yankees age 40 or older to homer against the Red Sox.

Russell Martin followed with a fourth-inning two-run shot, his fourth homer as a No. 9 batter against the Red Sox.

In the last 50 seasons, the only Yankee with as many homers from the No. 9 spot against the Red Sox is Scott Brosius, who also had four.

Finally, Curtis Granderson delivered the biggest blow with a grand slam to make it 10-3. My colleague in Stats & Information, Dan Braunstein, noted that it was the 10th homer Granderson hit against a pitch 93 MPH or faster this season, the most in baseball.

The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 23-25)

July, 26, 2012
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Getty ImagesIchiro Suzuki celebrates his first win as a Yankee on Monday.
Stat of the SeriesIn a stunning move before Monday's game in Seattle, the Yankees traded for Ichiro Suzuki. That gave the Yankees three players with at least 2,500 hits on the roster.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are the third team in major-league history to have three 2,500-hit players on the team at the same time, joining the 1927 Athletics (Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Zack Wheat) and the A's again in 1928 (Cobb, Collins, Tris Speaker).

Waking up in Seattle
In the series finale on Wednesday, the Yankees avoided another one-run loss with a comeback win thanks to the late heroics of Jayson Nix. Nix had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning, a double that drove in three runs to give the Yankees a 4-2 cushion.

The only other Yankee in the last 60 years to do what Nix did -- smack a three-run, pinch-hit double in the eighth inning or later to give the Yankees the lead -- was Dan Pasqua in 1986 against the Blue Jays.

As my ESPNNY.com colleague Mark Simon noted, Nix was 1-for-20 in two-strike counts against right-handed pitchers this season before that hit.

Derek Jeter hit his eighth homer of the year and his 135th as a No. 2 batter. Only Ryne Sandberg has more homers batting second during the Live Ball Era.

Broken Bats
Another West Coast game, another loss for the Yankees on Tuesday. The biggest news from this game was the injury to Alex Rodriguez, who will miss at least a month due to a broken hand.

Rodriguez hits the DL with 299 home runs as a Yankee. With one more blast, he will become the sixth Yankee to reach 300 homers with the team. The last to reach that milestone was Mickey Mantle on July 4, 1960.

Clay Rapada allowed his first earned run in nearly six weeks, snapping his streak of appearances without one at 21.

That tied Mike Myers (2006) for the second-longest such streak in the Live Ball Era by a Yankees lefty, behind only a 25-game streak in 2010 by Boone Logan.

Kuroda is our Hiro
Ichiro was obviously the biggest story of Monday's game, but Hiroki Kuroda (7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9 K) was the star in the Yankees' 4-1 win.

Kuroda threw more than half his pitches in the lower third of the zone, and the Mariners went 1-for-11 in at-bats ending with those low pitches.

Eleven of the 15 balls in play (73 percent) allowed by Kuroda were grounders, his highest ground-ball rate in a game over the last four seasons.

He also excelled in getting ahead of hitters with season-high 72 percent first-pitch strike rate, and got 14 outs and allowed just one hit after reaching an 0-1 count. Finally, Kuroda finished the Mariners off, holding them hitless in 15 two-strike at-bats.

Ridiculous Yankeemetric of Series
On Monday, Yankees pitchers totaled 12 strikeouts and one walk, nearly matching their effort on Sunday when Yankees pitchers struck out 14 with only one walk.

This is the first time in the Live Ball era Yankee pitchers have combined for at least 12 strikeouts and no more than one walk in back-to-back games.

The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 19-22)

July, 23, 2012
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AP PhotoRussell Martin can't make the tag on Yoenis Cespedes, who scores the winning run on Friday.
Stat of Series
The Yankees lost each game of this series by one run. According to Elias, this is the first time in franchise history they were swept in a four-game series with each loss by one run.

Swept Away By The Bay
The A's completed the sweep against the Yankees on Sunday, their first four-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers since 1972. It was also the first time the Yankees were swept in a road series of at least four games against the A's franchise since 1913 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The 1913 Yankees went 57-94; the A's won the World Series in 1913.

Yankees pitchers had 14 strikeouts and issued just one walk during the 12-inning game. It is the first time in the Live Ball era that Yankees pitchers have struck out at least 14 batters and walked no more than one in a game of at least 10 innings.

Say It Ain't So, Cano
The Yankees suffered their third straight loss to the A's on Saturday, 2-1, and walked just once during the first three games of this series. The last time the Yankees lost three games in a row with one walk or fewer in each game was 1992.

Robinson Cano's hit streak ended at 23 games in the loss. It was the fourth-longest by a Yankees left-hander in the Live Ball era, and tied for the fourth-longest by a Yankee since Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game streak in 1941.

Jarrod Parker was the third A’s rookie in a row to beat the Yankees. According to Elias, the last team to win three straight versus the Yankees with a rookie getting the win in each game was the 1916 Indians.

Two Is Not Enough
Not only did the Yankees suffer a 3-2 walk-off loss to the A's on Friday, they also ended their near-historic three-run scoring streak at 43 games.

Cano did his best to keep the streak alive with a ninth-inning, game-tying homer.

Cano is the fourth Yankee to hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning in Oakland since the team moved there in 1968. Bobby Brown (1980), Darryl Strawberry (1998) and Alex Rodriguez (2004) are the others.

The Yankees were shut down by rookie Tommy Milone, who became the first A's pitcher since Eddie Plank in 1913 with at least 10 strikeouts and no runs allowed against the Yankees, according to Elias.

Oakland Blues
On Thursday the Yankees lost their first game at Oakland since April 22, 2010, snapping a nine-game win streak there with a 4-3 loss. It was the Yankees' longest road win streak against the A's since a 10-gamer from 1955-56, when the team was based in Kansas City.

David Phelps pitched his second outing this season of at least 2⅓ perfect innings with four strikeouts. The only other Yankee in the Live Ball era to have two relief outings of at least 2⅓ perfect innings and four-or-more strikeouts in each appearance was Ron Davis in 1981.

Ridiculous Yankeemetric Of Week
On Friday, Ivan Nova allowed five or more extra-base hits but gave up two runs or fewer for the third time this season. No other Yankees pitcher in the Live Ball era has more than one such outing in a single season.

The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 16-18)

July, 19, 2012
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US PresswireThe Yankees celebrate after Raul Ibanez's tie-breaking grand slam on Monday.
STAT OF SERIES

The Yankees extended their historic streak of scoring at least three runs to 42 games. Only one team in the Live Ball Era has had a longer streak in a single season: the 1994 Cleveland Indians (48).

RAINY SWEEP

The Yankees finished off a sweep of the Blue Jays with a 6-0 rain-shortened, seven-inning win Wednesday. This was their eighth straight win in the Bronx over Toronto, one game shy of the longest home win streak against the franchise (1979-80).

Robinson Cano extended his hit streak to 21 games, the second-longest in a single season by a regular Yankee second baseman. Only Joe Gordon, who had a 29-gamer in 1942, has a longer one.

Hiroki Kuroda went the distance, tossing his third career shutout. It was the second straight season a Yankee pitcher has thrown a shutout of less than nine innings. Phil Hughes had a six-inning shutout last year in Chicago.

Before that the last Yankee with a shutout of fewer than nine innings was Sam McDowell in 1973. He was also the last Yankee to do it at Yankee Stadium.

ALL CC DOES IS WIN

CC Sabathia tossed six scoreless innings in his first start back from the DL on Tuesday, helping the Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Blue Jays. He has now reached 10 wins in each of his 12 major-league seasons.

He joins Tom Seaver, Don Sutton, Carl Hubbell and Eddie Plank as the only pitchers since 1900 to start their career with 10-win seasons in each of first 12 MLB seasons.

Sabathia threw his curveball a season-high 16 percent of the time (14 of 87 pitches) and the Blue Jays were hitless in five at-bats ending in his hook. All five of the outs with his curve came on pitches in the lower third of the zone or below.

CC also got the Toronto hitters to swing at a season-best 48 percent of his pitches out of the strike zone. All six of his strikeouts came on pitches out of the zone, as the Blue Jays went 1-for-12 in at-bats ending in a pitch to that location.

RAUL SO COOL

Yankees pulled out a 6-3 win against the Blue Jays in the series opener on Monday thanks to a tie-breaking grand slam by Raul Ibanez in the eighth inning. With that blast, Ibanez became the second Yankee aged 40 or older to hit a grand slam. Jose Cruz also went deep with the bases full at age 40 in 1988.

Ibanez also became the third Yankee left fielder since 1950 with a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning or later, joining Tom Tresh against the Tigers in 1964 and Shane Spencer against the Diamondbacks in 2002.

Hughes had another effective outing (7 IP, 2 ER) by battling back after consistently falling behind in the count.

The Blue Jays were 1-for-9 in at-bats that started with a 1-0 count. Since the start of June, opponents are hitting .162 in those situations; before that, they hit .274.

The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 13-15)

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US PresswireRussell Martin had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning on Friday night.
SWEEPLESS IN THE BRONX
The Yankees failed to sweep the Angels thanks to a 10-8 loss on Sunday. The Yankees hit four homers for the sixth time this season and lost for the second time in those six games.

The only other seasons the Yankees had two losses when hitting four homers were 1960, 1996 and 2005.

Although the Yankees lost, they extended their streak of scoring at least three runs to 39 straight games, setting the record for the longest single-season streak by any Yankee team. The only longer streak by the Yankees is 49 games, spanning the 1950-51 seasons, according to Elias.

RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF WEEK
Alex Rodriguez had a chance to win Sunday’s game when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and the Yankees down 10-8, but he popped out to end the game. Sound familiar?

Wrong. This was the first time Rodriguez made a game-ending out with the bases loaded since joining the Yankees in 2004.

EVERYONE’S FAVORITE MARTIN
The Yankees opened the second half of the season with a 6-5 comeback win against the Angels. Russell Martin, who entered the game with a .179 batting average which was the worst ever by a Yankee at the All-Star break, had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.

The only other Yankee catchers with a go-ahead hit in the eighth inning or later against the Angels were Yogi Berra (1962), Elston Howard (1963, 1964, 1966) and Jorge Posada (2009).

Mark Teixeira had five RBI and two homers, including a game-tying three-run shot in the eighth inning.

Since 1950, three other Yankee first baseman have hit a game-tying homer with the team trailing by at least three runs: Eddie Robinson (1955), Don Mattingly (1984), Tino Martinez (1998).

THREE TIMES A CHARM
The Yankees 5-3 win over the Angels Saturday was their third straight win against the Halos. It’s the first time they’ve won three in a row against the Angels in a single season since a four-game win streak in 2003.

Rafael Soriano recorded his third perfect save in July, striking out two of the three Angels. He went to a two-ball count just once and retired all three batters in two-strike counts. After getting Erick Aybar out, lefties are now hitless with five strikeouts in 10 at-bats against him this month.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
On Saturday, Mike Trout became the first opposing player aged 20 or younger to have at least three hits and a stolen base at Yankee Stadium, according to Elias.

He had three multi-hit games in the series, becoming the first opposing player that young to have at least two hits in each game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

On Friday Mark Trumbo homered in his fifth straight game against the Yankees, matching the longest such streak all-time, done previously by Harold Baines (1984-85) and Albert Belle (1994).

Trumbo finished with six homers in eight games against the Yankees this season. He matched the Angels record for most homers in a season versus the Yankees, shared by Lee Thomas (1962) and Brian Downing (1988).

The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 6-8)

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AP PhotoAndruw Jones hit four homers against the Red Sox this weekend.
STAT OF SERIES
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees became the first visiting team to score two or more runs in the first inning in every game of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

THREE OUT OF FOUR AIN'T BAD
With their 7-3 win Sunday, the Yankees head into the All-Star break with baseball's best record (52-33).

Derek Jeter recorded his 48th career multihit game at Fenway Park, tying Babe Ruth for the third-most such games by a Yankee at the ballpark. Jeter's 151 hits at Fenway are the fifth-most all time by a Yankee there.

The Yankees extended their streak of scoring at least four runs against Boston to 12 games, matching the second-longest such streak in the live ball era.

They struck out 15 Red Sox batters, their fifth 15-K game this season, which is the most such games in a Yankee season over the last 90 years.

FIRST THINGS FIRST
You never know what’s going to happen in a Yankees-Red Sox game, and that was true on Friday in the 10-8 Yankee win. Both teams scored five runs in the first inning, the first time that's been done in the history of the rivalry, according to Elias.

The Yankees scored 10 runs without a homer, marking the first time they scored double-digit runs against the Red Sox without a long ball since Aug. 9, 1985.

Mark Teixeira had a triple and also stole a base, becoming the first Yankees first baseman with that combo in the same game since Irv Noren in 1952.

DOUBLE TROUBLE
On Saturday, the Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning in the first game of the doubleheader and cruised to a 6-1 win.

According to Elias, this was the first time the Yankees scored at least four first-inning runs in consecutive games since July 23-24, 1988, against the Royals. The last time they did that against the Red Sox was in a doubleheader in 1940.

The Yankees lost the second game of the doubleheader 9-5, but the result was hardly surprising. The Yankees and Red Sox have now split their last four doubleheaders, with the Yankees winning Game 1 and the Red Sox winning Game 2 each time.

The Yankees were sloppy, committing four errors in a nine-inning game against the Red Sox for the first time since 1972.

It was the second time this season the Yankees allowed at least nine runs and 17 hits against the Red Sox; 1939 was the only other season in the last 90 years when the Yankees had two such games.

RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF SERIES
Hiroki Kuroda on Friday became the third Yankees starter with at least two wild pitches and seven or more runs allowed at Fenway Park in the live ball era. The others were Bullet Joe Bush (1922) and Cliff Markle (1924).

First Pitch: Yankeemetrics (July 2-4)

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AP PhotoMark Teixeira and Derek Jeter celebrate during the Yankees' 4-3 win Wednesday.
STREAK BUSTER
All bad things must come to an end. The Yankees snapped their nine-game losing streak at Tropicana Field with a 4-3 win on July 4. It was the longest road losing streak for the Yankees versus any team since they lost 15 in a row at the Rangers from 1989-91.

Robinson Cano had the game-winning hit, a two-run single in the eighth inning that extended his RBI streak to eight games.

That matches the longest such streak by a second baseman in Yankees history. Tony Lazzeri (1935), Joe Gordon (1940) and Luis Sojo (2000) also had eight-game RBI streaks.

This was the Yankees' fourth game this season with 15 or more strikeouts by their pitchers. The only other Yankees season in the Live Ball Era with four 15-strikeout games was 1997.

RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF SERIES
David Phelps (4⅓ IP, 8 K, 1 R) on Wednesday became the second major-league starter in the last 90 seasons to get 13 outs or fewer with at least eight strikeouts and no more than one run allowed. The other was Josh Beckett in 2004.

NIGHTMARE BY THE BAY
The Yankees opened the series on Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Rays, their eighth loss in a row at Tropicana Field.

On a positive note, Freddy Garcia (5⅓ IP, 2 R) was impressive in his first start since April, a month during which he posted a 12.51 ERA.

That was the worst April ERA for any Yankees pitcher in the last 90 seasons (minimum four starts).

Garcia had his best slider of the season, getting 10 outs with the pitch (second-most since 2009) with just two hits allowed.

More than half of his 31 sliders were in the lower third of the zone or below; the Rays were hitless in six at-bats ending with a slider to that location.

Derek Jeter singled to lead off the game, ending his 19 at-bat hitless streak against the Rays. According to Elias, that matched the longest hitless streak of his career against one team. He also had 0-for-19 stretches against the Tigers (2009-10), White Sox (2004-05) and another vs Tampa Bay (1999-2000).

NIGHTMARE BY THE BAY II
The Yankees' losing streak in Tampa Bay reached nine games on Tuesday night with a 7-4 loss. Ivan Nova, who was 12-0 in his previous 16 starts away from home, lost his first road start since last June.

His 12-decision road win streak was tied for the fourth-longest in Yankees history, and his 16-start road undefeated streak was the third-longest by a Yankee in the last 90 seasons.

Jeter went 2-for-3, notching his 100th and 101st hits of the season.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the third player in the last 80 years to record 100 hits before July 4 when he was age 38 or older on Independence Day of that year. The others were Pete Rose for the 1979 Phillies and Paul Molitor for the 1996 Twins.

Up now: Wallace Matthews' column on the importance of yesterday's win for the Yankees as they head into Boston for the weekend.

Question of the day: Which of the these AL East teams do you think the Yankees will be battling for the division title two months from now -- the Rays, the Red Sox or the Orioles? Let us know below, and as always, thanks for reading.

Series in Yankeemetrics (June 28-July 1)

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US PresswireRobinson Cano is congratulated by his Yankee teammates during their 4-2 win Sunday.
RIDICULOUS GAME OF THE SERIES
The Yankees' 14-7 loss to the White Sox on Friday was a disaster in so many ways (all of the following are in the Live Ball Era, via baseball-reference.com):

• It was the second time the Yankees have allowed at least 14 runs and four homers versus the White Sox. The other game was in 1930.

• This was the third home game the Yankees allowed at least four homers and five doubles. The others were in 2006 (Rays) and 2009 (Indians).

• Dewayne Wise became the first Yankee position player to pitch since Nick Swisher in 2009, and the first to not allow a baserunner since Alvaro Espinoza in 1991 (thanks, Elias).

• Cory Wade allowed four doubles; only one Yankee reliever allowed more doubles in a game: Art Schallock in 1953.

And finally ... Adam Warren (2⅓ IP, 6 R, 8 H) became the first Yankee to make his MLB debut as a starter, and allow at least six runs and eight-or-more hits in fewer than three innings pitched.

GETTING EVEN
The Yankees earned a split with the White Sox after taking the series finale 4-2. Robinson Cano hit his 20th home run of the season, matching Joe Gordon for the most 20-homer seasons by a Yankee second baseman with four.

Cano also extended his streak of at least one RBI against the White Sox to 11 games, which is the second-longest such streak by a Yankee behind Ben Chapman, who had a 13-game streak from 1930-31.

Phil Hughes (8 IP, 2 R) went to his curveball often, throwing a career-high 32 curves, including 20 in the lower third of the zone or below. The White Sox were 1-for-7 in at-bats ending in a hook to that location.

HIRO-KKKKKKKKKKK-I
In Saturday's 4-0 win, three Yankees went deep for the team’s 40th multi-homer game of the season. Only one major-league team reached 40 multi-homer games quicker than the 77 games it took the Yankees: the 2000 Cardinals (72 games).

Hiroki Kuroda (7 IP, 0 R, 11 K) showcased a nasty slider, with seven of his 11 strikeouts coming on the pitch. Thirty-three of his 38 sliders were on the outer third of the plate or further away, where he got each of those seven strikeouts. He got the White Sox to whiff on 12 sliders, matching his most whiffs on the pitch since 2009.

STUNNING COLLAPSE
The Yankees led 3-1 entering the final frame on Thursday night but fell apart, with David Robertson allowing the game-winning three-run homer in a 4-3 loss.

The last White Sox to hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium was Robin Ventura, who took John Hayban deep on June 26, 1992.

The last White Sox with a multi-run homer in that situation was Tommy Byrne, who hit a game-winning grand slam off Ewell Blackwell in 1953.

Ivan Nova (7⅓ IP, 1 R) now has four straight starts with one run or fewer allowed and at least five innings pitched against the White Sox, becoming the first Yankee to do that since Whitey Ford in 1965.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146