Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Series in Yankeemetrics (June 18-20)
Getty ImagesSWINGING FOR THE FENCES
CC Sabathia and Chris Stewart celebrate Monday after the Yankees' 10th straight win.
Following a 10-5 loss to the Braves Wednesday, the Yankees head into the Subway Series with their first losing streak since May 28-29. Phil Hughes was hit hard, allowing four home runs in 4⅓ innings.
Only two other Yankee pitchers in the last 20 seasons allowed that many home runs and got 13 outs or fewer: Carl Pavano (2005) and Chase Wright (2007).
BRONX BOMBER YANKEEMETRIC OF WEEK
Wednesday's game was just the fourth home game in Yankees history in which both teams each hit four home runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It also happened in 1994 vs. Boston, 1998 vs. Philadelphia and 2005 vs. Seattle. Elias also tells us that the nine combined homers matches the most ever in a Yankees home game, done most recently in 2007.
RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF WEEK
Tommy Hanson and Hughes each allowed four homers Wednesday, marking the first Yankee game in franchise history that both starting pitchers allowed at least four homers, according to Elias.
The Yankees extended their win streak to 10 games on Monday with a 6-2 win over the Braves. This was the first time the Yankees won 10 straight games, allowing four or fewer runs in each game, since 1968.
CC Sabathia, who had struggled in recent weeks, got back on track with a complete game, 10-strikeout gem.
He now has pitched at least six innings and had four or more strikeouts in each of his first 14 starts this season, matching Mike Mussina in 2006 for the longest such streak to start a season by Yankee in the last 90 seasons.
Sabathia got all 10 of his strikeouts with his slider, his highest total in any start since 2009, and held the Braves hitless in 12 at-bats ending in a slider. He also generated 16 groundballs, matching his most in a start over the last four seasons.
Sabathia threw a season-high 80 percent of his fastballs for strikes and got a season-best 16 called strikes on his heater. The Braves' lefties had just two hits in 14 at-bats ending in a fastball; in his previous two starts, lefties were 11-for-22 against his fastball.
TEN IS ENOUGH
The Yankees' longest win streak since 2005 ended at 10 games on Tuesday night in a 4-3 loss to the Braves. The Yankees still have not had a win streak longer than 10 games since 1985.
During that span, there have been 47 different win streaks of 11 or more games by 24 different teams. The other five teams that haven't had one are the Angels, Reds, Marlins, Nationals/Expos and Indians.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs and struggled to pitch from the stretch, as the Braves were 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position. In his previous five starts, Kuroda had allowed just three hits in 27 at-bats with RISP.