Friday, August 17, 2012
The Series in Yankeemetrics (August 13-16)
By Katie Sharp
AP Photo/Seth WenigStat Of Series
Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira celebrate during the Yankees' win on Tuesday.
Nick Swisher’s grand slam Monday was his 200th career home run, giving the Yankees seven players with at least 200 career homers. The only other team in major-league history to have seven players with at least 200 career homers was the 2008 Yankees.
No Relief Against Texas
All good winning streaks must come to an end, right? Prior to Thursday's loss, the Yankees had won eight straight home games against Texas, tied for their longest home winning streak against the franchise.
The bullpen imploded, allowing a season-high six runs and nine hits. It was the first time the Yankees' relievers combined to allow that many hits and runs against the Rangers since 2002.
And it is just the fourth time they have done that at home versus Texas (1983 and twice in 1998).
Steady Freddy Ropes Rangers
Freddy Garcia continued his solid pitching since returning to the rotation with a win on Wednesday. Garcia threw a season-high 32 splitters, netting him seven outs and no baserunners allowed with the pitch.
Garcia improved to 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Rangers since the start of 2006. During that span, only Zack Greinke has a better ERA against the Rangers (1.26) than Garcia (minimum five starts).
This was the third straight game the Yankees held the Rangers under three runs, the first time they have done that in the same series versus the Rangers since 1985.
Kuroda Is Our Hiro
On Tuesday, Hiroki Kuroda pitched the best game of the season by a Yankee, with a two-hit shutout against the Rangers. It was the first shutout allowing two hits or fewer by a Yankee since Chien-Ming Wang in 2006 against the Rays, and the first against the Rangers since Ron Guidry in 1977.
Kuroda also became the first Yankees right-hander to throw a two-hit shutout against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Seventeen of the 22 balls in play (77 percent) were grounders, Kuroda’s highest rate over the last four seasons. His 17 groundball outs are also his most during that span.
Kuroda’s fastball averaged a season-high 93.2 MPH and he recorded a season-best 14 outs on his heater, with one hit allowed.
Swisher Slams Texas
Swisher hit his sixth career grand slam, and second this season, in the Yankees' series-opening win. He joins Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson with at least two slams this season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the second time in franchise history the Yankees have had three different players with multiple grand slams in one season. In 2010, Alex Rodriguez, Cano and Jorge Posada all did it.
Derek Lowe pitched four scoreless innings in relief in his first appearance in pinstripes to earn the save. Elias also tells us that Lowe is the first Yankee to record a save of at least four innings in his debut with the team.
My blogging colleague Mark Simon chimes in with this great fact: Lowe is the first pitcher to pitch for the Yankees after defeating them in a postseason series-clincher at Yankee Stadium (he won Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS).
Ridiculous Yankeemetric Of Series
On Wednesday, Eric Chavez joined Craig Nettles (1979) and Alex Rodriguez (2009) as the only Yankees third basemen to go 3-for-3 or better against the Rangers since they moved to Texas in 1972.