Yankeemetrics: The Epic Edition
April, 26, 2012
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information
Elsa/Getty ImagesRaul Ibanez, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson celebrate after the Yankees rallied from a nine-run deficit to beat the Red Sox 15-9 last Saturday.Our weekly look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in Yankeeland. Many thanks to the wonderful Play Index at Baseball-Reference.com for several of these notes.
GREATEST COMEBACK EVER
So maybe cats are not the only things that have nine lives. In one of the most stunning comeback wins in franchise history, the Yankees scored 15 unanswered runs to erase a sixth inning nine-run deficit and beat the Red Sox 15-9 on Saturday afternoon.
The nine-run comeback matched the largest deficit overcome in a victory in Yankees history, a feat achieved four times previously. Three of the team's five 9-run comebacks have now come against the Red Sox.
How unlikely was this win? After Andruw Jones struck out for the first out in the seventh inning, the Yankees had a .04 percent chance of winning, according to fangraphs.com.
The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that the Yankees are just the second team in in the Modern Era to trail by at least nine runs and ended up winning the game by at least six runs.
It also happened on June 12, 1938 when the Tigers trailed the Washington Senators, 11-1, but rallied to win, 18-12.
The Yankees scored seven runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to complete the comeback.
Elias as tells us that it was only the second time in team history that the Yankees scored seven or more runs in consecutive innings of one game. They also did that against the Red Sox on June 19, 2000, in a 22–1 win.
Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher each had six RBI to lead the offense. This was the fifth time Yankee teammates had at least six RBI in a game and the first time since Alex Rodriguez and Tino Martinez did so against the Rays in 2005.
Swisher joined Johnny Blanchard in 1963 as the only Yankee right-fielders to hit a grand slam against the Red Sox in the last 65 seasons. This was the second time Teixeira had at least 10 total bases at Fenway Park (had 13 in 2010). Only Babe Ruth, with three such games, had more as a Yankee.
One day earlier, on the 100th anniversary of the first game at Fenway Park, the Yankees crashed the party on Landsdowne Street with a 6-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday afternoon.
Ivan Nova continued his incredible run since last June, improving to 15-0 in his last 19 starts. Only Roger Clemens, won 16 straight decisions in 2001, has a longer win streak in Yankees history.
The only offense the Yankees needed in this game was the longball. They hit five home runs, the sixth time in franchise history the Yankees have hit five homers in a game against the Red Sox.
Eric Chavez led the Bronx Bombers homer barrage, with his first multi-homer game since 2006. He is just the fourth Yankee third baseman in the last 90 seasons to hit at least two home runs in a game at Fenway Park. The others were Andy Carey (1958), Graig Nettles (1976) and Alex Rodriguez (2007 and 2010).
HITTING LIKE ITS 1999
After the series finale with the Red Sox was rained out on Sunday, the Yankees opened a three-game set with the AL-leading Rangers in Texas. The Yankees lit up Rangers starter Derek Holland in the first game, winning 7-4.
Derek Jeter continued to defy Father Time, notching his second four-hit performance of the season. This is the first time in his career he’s had two four-hit games in April. It was also his 54th multi-hit game against the Rangers, passing Don Mattingly for the most by any Yankee.
Jeter, who raised his batting average to .411 after the game, reached 30 hits on the season. That is the fewest games needed to reach 30 hits in franchise history, according to Elias. Only one Yankee in the last 50 seasons has had a batting average above .400 in April: Paul O’Neill hit .448 in 1994.
YU CAN’T TOUCH HIM
The Yankee bats went cold in the Texas heat on Tuesday night, falling 2-0 as Yu Darvish tossed 8⅓ scoreless innings for the win. This was just the fourth time the Yankees had been shut out at Rangers Ballpark and the first time since 2000.
Darvish, who also struck out 10 Yankees, is the first Rangers pitcher to throw at least eight scoreless innings with double-digit strikeouts against the Yankees since the team moved to Texas in 1972.
Joe Nathan came on for the save in the ninth and needed just one pitch to get Raul Ibanez to ground into a double play to end the game.
The only other reliever since 1988 (when pitch data is available) to get a 2-out save with exactly one pitch against the Yankees was Red Sox closer Jeff Reardon in 1992.
RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF THE WEEK
Phil Hughes had another awful pitching line on Wednesday night against the Rangers: 2⅔ IP, 4 ER, 2 HBP, HR, 2 2B, 5 H, 2 K, 0 BB.
Putting together all of the bad things in that performance
Hughes is the second Yankee starter in the last 90 seasons to allow at least four earned runs, hit at least two batters, and give up at least three extra-base hits in fewer than three innings pitched. The other? Al Leiter in a 12-0 loss to Oakland in 2005.