First Pitch: Yankeemetrics (Aug. 10-12)
August, 13, 2012
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Chris YoungRobinson Cano hit his 25th homer of the season on Sunday.
The Yankees finished their road trip with a 10-7 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Robinson Cano hit his 25th homer of the season and 169th of his career. With that longball, he tied the Yankees record for most career home runs by a regular second baseman, originally set by Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri.
He also became the fourth second baseman in major-league history with four straight seasons of at least 25 homers.
Dan Uggla tops the list with six seasons in a row while Alfonso Soriano and Ryne Sandberg also had four consecutive seasons of 25-plus homers.
Derek Jeter had three hits but he lined out against Casey Janssen in the ninth inning. Jeter is now 0-for-13 against Janssen, his second-most hitless at-bats against any pitcher, behind only Jorge Julio (14).
Nova Hooks The Birds
Ivan Nova broke out of his second-half slump on Saturday, striking out 10 with two runs allowed. He is the fifth Yankee in the Live Ball Era to have four career 10-strikeout games at the age of 25 or younger. The others are Al Downing (14), Lefty Gomez (8), Bob Turley (7), Hank Johnson (4).
He went to his curveball often, throwing it a career-high 44 percent of the time. The Blue Jays went 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in at-bats ending in a curve.
The nine curveball outs are his most in any start and his six curveball strikeouts are one shy of his career-best.
Nova used his hook to get ahead of batters (career-high 16 first-pitch curveballs) and to finish them off. The Blue Jays failed to put a two-strike curveball in play, striking out in all six two-strike at-bats ending in the hook.
Freddy Holds Steady
The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak in Toronto with a 10-4 win Friday. By the third inning they had scored more runs (3) than they had in their previous 27 innings at the Rogers Centre (2).
Freddy Garcia also ended his personal five-start losing streak north of the border, which was tied for the longest losing streak in road starts against the Blue Jays by any major leaguer.
Garcia relied on his slider (33 of 78 pitches) and the pitch was most effective against righties, who were hitless in six at-bats ending in a slider. In his previous two starts, righties had four hits in nine at-bats ending in a slider from Garcia.
Ichiro Suzuki drove in half of the Yankees' runs, becoming the second Yankee age 38 years or older to have five RBIs in a road game for the Yankees. Ruben Sierra did it twice in 2004, against the Mariners and Blue Jays.
Mark Teixeira homered on a 94 mph fastball in the eighth inning. It was his 27th home run on a pitch 94 mph or faster since 2009, tied with David Ortiz for the most such homers during that span.
Ridiculous Yankeemetric of Series
My colleague Doug Kern notes that Ichiro is the fifth Yankee to have at least five RBIs on two or fewer hits, without either hit being a home run. The others were Bob Shawkey (1921), Al Downing (1966), Tino Martinez (1997), Bernie Williams (2005).