The Series in Yankeemetrics (Aug. 6-9)
August, 10, 2012
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information
US PresswireThe Yankees celebrate following their 12-8 win on Wednesday.
Thursday's 4-3 win snapped the Yankees' streak of eight straight losses in games decided by one run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest single-season streak for the Yankees since they lost nine such games in a row in 1944.
This is the One
The Yankees ended their losing streak in one-run games on Thursday in dramatic fashion when Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit homers in consecutive at-bats in the eighth inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.
The last time the Yankees hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning or later on the road, with the first one tying the game and the second one giving them the lead, was 1955 when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle went back-to-back in a 3-2 win also in Detroit.
A Detroit Dozen
The Yankees 12-8 win Wednesday snapped their two-game losing streak but extended their stretch of poor pitching.
It was the third time in three games versus the Tigers they allowed at least six runs and 13 hits.
The last time they allowed at least six runs and 13 hits in three straight games to the same opponent was 1993 against the Indians. It's the first time they've done it against the Tigers in the Live Ball Era.
Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the year for his second straight 30-homer season. The only other Yankee center fielders with multiple 30-homer seasons were Mickey Mantle (9) and Joe DiMaggio (7).
Coming up short
The Yankees' ninth-inning rally wasn’t enough in their 6-5 loss on Tuesday. Granderson popped out to end the game with two men on. It’s the second time this season he has made the last out in a one-run game with runners on base. No other Yankee has done that more than once this season.
Nick Swisher hit his 25th double of the season in the loss. It’s the fourth-straight season he’s reached that mark in pinstripes. The only other Yankees to have at least four consecutive seasons of 25-plus doubles while starting at least half the games in right field are Babe Ruth (5) and Paul O’Neill (9).
Feelin’ the breeze in Motown
Justin Verlander dominated the Yankees on Monday as Detroit won 7-2. His 14 strikeouts matched the most ever by a Tigers pitcher against the Yankees, also done by Hal Newhouser (1943) and Jim Bunning (1958).
He is also the third major-league pitcher since 1913 to strike out 14 batters with no earned runs allowed against the Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The others were Jim Shaw (1914) and Chuck Finley (1995).
Ivan Nova had his second straight disaster start. He is the ninth Yankee in the Live Ball Era to allow at least seven earned runs and 10-plus hits in back-to-back starts, and the first since Monk Dubiel in 1944.
However, none of the previous eight guys did that with fewer than six innings pitched in each start, like Nova did.
Ridiculous Yankeemetric of Week
On Wednesday, for the fourth time in the Live Ball Era, the Yankees scored at least 12 runs and had 18 hits but only two or fewer extra-base hits in a game. It also happened in 1922, 1950 and 2005.