Subway Series Yankeemetrics (June 8-10)
June, 11, 2012
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information
Al Bello/Getty ImagesRussell Martin's walk-off homer on Sunday gave the Yankees a sweep of the Mets.
On Sunday, the Yankees capped off their first sweep of the Mets at Yankee Stadium since 2003 with a dramatic ninth-inning, walk-off homer from Russell Martin.
Martin, who also homered in the seventh inning, is the first Yankee to hit a walk-off homer in the Subway Series.
The only other Yankee catcher since 1950 with at least two homers in a game, including a walk-off home run, was Yogi Berra in 1955 against the Red Sox.
KURODA IS ONE OF A KIND
The Yankees won the Subway Series opener 9-1 as the team backed up a strong pitching performance from Hiroki Kuroda with four home runs.
Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones hit consecutive homers in the third inning, marking the first time in the history of the Mets-Yankees series that the Yankees have gone back-to-back-to-back.
Kuroda tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, losing his no-hit bid with two outs to go in the sixth inning. He fell one out short of the longest no-hit bid in the Subway Series rivalry, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
He did make history, however, becoming the first Yankee with at least seven shutout innings and no more than two baserunners allowed against the Mets.
Kuroda generated grounders on 10 of 15 balls in play, and his groundball rate of 67 percent was his second-highest in any start since 2009. He was rarely under stress, throwing just five pitches with men on base, by far his fewest in the past four seasons.
Same story, same result. The Yankees get a solid outing from their starter and used a couple homers to put some runs on the scoreboard, emerging with another win against the Mets on Saturday, 4-2.
Phil Hughes held the Mets lineup in check, allowing two runs in 6⅓ innings. However, both of the runs came on solo homers, as Hughes extended his dubious streak of allowing at least one home run in each start.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 12-start streak is now tied for the second-longest streak to begin a season in major-league history and is just two starts shy of the record set by Bert Blyleven in 1987.
He relied heavily on his fastball again (81 of 108 pitches), as all six of his strikeouts came with his heater, matching his season-high. He also got 20 called strikes with the fastball, his second-most in any outing since 2009.
RIDICULOUS SUBWAY SERIES YANKEEMETRIC
The Yankees held the Mets to one run on Friday and two runs on Saturday, extending their streak of not allowing more than three runs against the Mets to 10 games.
According to Elias, the 10-game streak was the Yankees' longest streak of that kind against any major-league team since a 10-game streak against the Indians in the 1971 and 1972 seasons. It ended on Sunday in the Yankees' 5-4 win.