Series in Yankeemetrics (August 3-5)
August, 6, 2012
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information
US PresswireIchiro Suzuki has a hit in his first 12 games as a Yankee.
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.