The final regular-season edition of the good, the bad and the odd in Yankeeland
BEST OF THE BEST: GRANDERSON IS ONE OF A KIND
Curtis Granderson stole his 25th base of the season in the final game on Wednesday night. He is the first Yankee to have 25 stolen bases, 25 doubles and 40 homers in a season. He also becomes the first player in major-league history with 25 stolen bases, 25 doubles, 10 triples and 40 homers in a season.
JESUS RISES AGAIN
The Yankees began their final week of games with – what else? – a rainout on Friday night in the opener of their series vs. the Red Sox. The sun was out on Saturday, however, and the Yankees pounded their rival 9-1, winning their first game in the Bronx against Boston this season.
Jesus Montero stole the show, falling a triple shy of the cycle, while driving in a career-high four runs. His sixth inning homer gave him four home runs in his first 15 games.
A search of the Play Index at Baseball-Reference.com reveals that Montero is the fifth Yankee with at least four homers in his first 15 career major-league games. He joins this list of (not) Yankee Legends: Steve Whitaker, Oscar Azocar, Kevin Maas and Shelley Duncan.
POSADA CLEANS UP
The Yankees took the first game of the Sunday day-night doubleheader, 6-2, thanks to a three-hit day by Derek Jeter and a third inning homer by cleanup hitter Jorge Posada.
Most Hits vs Red Sox
Posada became the second Yankee in the Live Ball Era to homer in the cleanup spot at the age of 40. The other was Johnny Mize in 1953. Jeter's three hits gave him 296 career hits vs. Boston, matching Mickey Mantle for the fifth-most by a Yankee against the Red Sox.
The Yankees finished their season 44-12 in day games. That's the most wins during the daytime by a Yankee team since they went 48-30 in 1974. Their .786 win percentage is not only the highest in franchise history, it's also the best all-time day record by any major-league team since 1900, according to Elias.
UNLUCKY NUMBER 14
The Red Sox took the second game of the doubleheader, winning an extra-inning marathon, 7-4, on a three-run homer by Jacoby Ellsbury in the 14th inning. With that blast, Ellsbury became the first Red Sox player to homer in the Bronx in 14th inning or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Our perennial Guest Yankeemetrician, Mark Simon, also tells us that it was the latest a Red Sox player had homered against the Yankees in a regular season game since a 16th-inning home run by Jim Gosger on June 4, 1966.
This was the first time the Yankees lost a regular-season game of at least 14 innings against the Red Sox since August 2, 1978 in the Bronx. Bob Stanley was the winning pitcher that day, while Ken Clay got the loss.
It was the Red Sox 12th win against the Yankees this season, their most in a season since they won 14 in 1974. And it was their seventh win in the Bronx, marking the first time the Red Sox won seven games at Yankee Stadium in a single season.
CANO CHASING DONNIE BASEBALL
The Yankees final series of the season began in Tampa with a 5-2 loss to the Rays. Robinson Cano was the lone offensive spark for the Yankees with a homer, a single and two RBI.
He now has 81 extra-base hits, which is the most by a Yankee left-handed batter in a season since Don Mattingly had 86 in 1986. His 118 RBI this season are just three shy of the most by a Yankee second baseman, a record set by Tony Lazzeri in 1930.
THREE'S NOT A CHARM FOR MARTIN
The penultimate game of the regular season was another loss for the Yankees, who fell 5-3 at Tropicana Field. Russell Martin homered but also hit into the Yankees first triple play since May 29, 2000 against the Athletics.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Martin is the first player in Yankees history to hit into a triple play in the same game he also hit a home run.
Bartolo Colon allowed two runs in 5⅔ innings but received a no-decision. He finished the season winless in his last 10 starts. The last Yankee pitcher to finish the season with a winless streak of 10-or-more starts was Jim Beattie in 1979.
AN EXTRA BAD LOSS
The Yankees ended the regular season with four losses in a row, the final one a 12th-inning 8-7 defeat by the Rays. The last time the Yankees finished a season with a losing streak of at least four games was 2000, when they lost their final seven games. That season had a happy ending, though, with a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October.
The Yankees actually led the game 7-0 in the eighth inning before the bullpen imploded. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that, entering Wednesday, the Yankees had won 925 consecutive regular season games in which they had a lead of at least seven runs at any point in the eigth inning or later. Their last loss of that kind prior to yesterday was August 18, 1953 to the Washington Senators.
This was the 12th extra-inning loss for the Yankees this season. That's the second-most extra-inning losses in team history. In 1964, they went 11-15 in extra-inning games, in a season that they won 99 games and lost the World Series in seven games to the Cardinals.
Most Extra-Inning Losses in Season
The Yankees used 11 pitchers in the game, which matches the most pitchers used by a single team in any game in major-league history, according to Elias. It's the most used by the Yankees in franchise history.
Mark Teixeira drove in five of the seven runs with a grand slam and a solo homer. It was the Yankees 10th grand slam of the season, matching the club record done previously in 1987 and 2010.
Granderson finished the season leading the league in RBI and runs scored. The only other Yankees to lead the league in both RBI and runs scored were Babe Ruth (five times), Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Alex Rodriguez.
Katie Sharp is a researcher with ESPN Stats & Information