The Series in Yankeemetrics (May 28-30)
May, 31, 2012
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information
Kirby Lee/US PresswireNick Swisher and Curtis Granderson collided while trying to catch a flyball in Monday's loss.MILESTONE YANKEEMETRIC OF THE WEEK
Andy Pettitte started his 400th game for the Yankees on Tuesday night, joining Whitey Ford (438) as the only Yankees to reach that mark.
Pettitte allowed five runs but did a good job keeping the ball down, getting 12 of his 21 outs on the ground, one shy of his most groundball outs since 2009. However, he hung two off-speed pitches on the inner-third of the plate, and Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo sent those mistakes over the left-field wall.
RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF WEEK
Robinson Cano on Tuesday night was the poster child for the Yankees’ struggles to hit in the clutch, striking out twice with the bases loaded.
It was the second time in his career that he has struck out with the bases loaded to end a game.
The only other Yankees in the last 60 seasons to have multiple bases-loaded strikeouts in a career are Steve Sax and Dave Winfield, who both also had two each.
BOMBS AWAY IN ANAHEIM
The Yankees avoided a sweep by the Angels with a 6-5 win Wednesday night, hitting two homers to overcome a poor outing by Ivan Nova. Nova allowed five runs on eight hits, including his 13th home run this season.
Nine of those 13 longballs have come this month, matching Lefty Gomez (1930) and Jim Bouton (1965) for the most allowed by a Yankee pitcher in May.
Overall, the staff has allowed 65 homers this season. Only twice before has a Yankees team allowed more in the first 50 games: 1995 (70) and 2009 (70).
However, the blasts by Cano and Curtis Granderson gave the Yankee bats a total of 76 homers. Only twice before have they hit more in the first 50 games: 2009 (80) and 2011 (78).
EIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH
A 3-0 lead in the first inning, along with an injury to Angels ace Jered Weaver that knocked him out of the game after 12 pitches, was not enough to propel the Yankees to a win on Monday night against the Halos.
While the offense exploded for eight runs, Phil Hughes was awful, allowing seven runs on a career-high 11 hits in the 9-8 loss. Hughes threw several regrettable pitches in the game, among them a home run to Mike Trout in the fourth inning.
It was the 10th straight start he’s given up a longball, matching Jack McDowell for the longest such streak by a Yankee right-hander in the Live Ball Era.
How unlikely was this loss? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees had been 29-0 in games in which they had given Hughes a lead of at least three runs at that point in the game.
Trumbo won the game on a walk-off homer off Cory Wade. The last Yankee pitcher to allow a walk-off homer to an Angels player was Jim Abbott, who gave one up to Tim Salmon in 1993.