Thursday, August 2, 2012
Series in Yankeemetrics (July 30-Aug 1)
Robinson Cano hits his ninth career grand slam on Wednesday against the Orioles.
Stat of the Series
With their loss Tuesday, the Yankees finished July at 13-13, snapping their streak of 19 straight seasons with a winning record in July. That was the longest streak of winning “Julys” in major-league history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Cano Slams the Birds
The Yankees avoided a sweep with a 12-3 win on Wednesday. Robinson Cano hit his ninth career grand slam, and his second against the Orioles. He is the only Yankee to hit two grand slams at home against the Orioles since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.
Curtis Granderson's first-inning homer extended the Yankees' streak of consecutive home games with at least one home run to 20, tied for the second-longest in franchise history. The longest such streak is 23 games, in 1963.
In a nice twist of fate, the Orioles went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
It was third time in the last 40 seasons the Yankees held an opponent without a hit in at least 15 at-bats with RISP. The other two games were against the Red Sox, who went 0-for-19 on April 24, 2004, and 0-for-16 on Aug. 18, 2006.
Five is Not Enough
For the first time since the All-Star break, a Yankees loss was decided by more than two runs, as they were routed 11-5 on Tuesday. The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but then the Orioles answered back with seven runs in the top of the second.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in franchise history the Yankees led by at least five runs at the end of the first inning and then trailed in the second inning.
Ivan Nova (9 ER, 10 H, 5 IP) had the worst start of his career. He joined Bob Turley in 1962 as the only Yankees to allow at least nine earned runs and 10 hits against the Orioles in the Live Ball Era.
Nova allowed a career-high five hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Entering the game, he had held hitters to a .194 batting average with RISP, the fifth-lowest among AL starters.
Close But No Cigar
The Yankees' 3-2 loss on Monday dropped them to 6-11 against rookie starting pitchers this season. According to Elias, that is the worst record among AL teams.
Ichiro Suzuki provided one of the highlights, hitting his first homer with the Yankees, and the 100th of his career. No surprise that it was a 363-foot shot to right field; since 2009, all 27 of his homers have been to right field.
This marked the seventh time in seven games in pinstripes that Ichiro had exactly one hit. He is the first player in the Live Ball Era to start his Yankees career with exactly one hit in his first seven games with the team.
Ridiculous Yankeemetric Of Week
Casey McGehee went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in his first game in pinstripes on Wednesday. The only other Yankee in the Live Ball Era to have at least two walks and two runs scored but no hits in his Yankees debut was Jack Saltzgaver in 1932.