Saturday, October 13, 2012
Yankeemetrics: ALDS Edition
By Katie Sharp
Rich Pilling/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesCC Aces the O's
Raul Ibanez etched his name in the record books with this swing.
CC Sabathia tossed a gem in Game 5 to send the Yankees to the ALCS for the 15th time in franchise history. He is the third Yankee to throw a complete game in a winner-take-all matchup, along with Johnny Kucks in the 1956 World Series and Ralph Terry in the 1962 World Series.
Sabathia is now undefeated in his past eight postseason starts, the fifth longest streak in Yankees history.
He is also the first Yankee to pitch at least 8⅔ innings and allow two runs or fewer in consecutive postseason games since Whitey Ford threw two shutouts in the 1960 World Series.
Not Extra Special
The Yankees couldn't overcome Orioles Magic in their 13-inning Game 4 loss. Robinson Cano became the third Yankee to go hitless in six at-bats in a postseason game, joining Mickey Rivers in the 1977 World Series and Chuck Knoblauch in the 1998 ALCS.
The team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, their most RISP at-bats without a hit in a postseason game since going 0-for-10 in Game 1 of the 1950 World Series.
The Legend of Raul
Three pitches. Two swings. And one place in baseball history.
Raul Ibanez delivered perhaps the greatest single-game performance in Yankees postseason history in Game 3 with his game-tying homer in the ninth inning and game-winning blast three frames later.
Ibanez’s name now stands alone in the baseball record books as the only player ever to hit two homers in a postseason game with both coming in the ninth inning or later.
He is also the first player in major-league history to hit two homers off the bench in a postseason game, and the first ever with exactly two plate appearances and two homers.
Finally, at the age of 40, Ibanez became the oldest player to hit a walk-off homer in the postseason and the oldest with a multi-homer game as well.
Not bad for a guy who saw three pitches all night.
A-Goat Whiffs Again
In an at-bat that surprised few Yankees fans, Alex Rodriguez struck out to end Game 2 as the Yankees lost 3-2. It was his fourth career game-ending strikeout in a postseason game, the most of any player in major-league history.
It was also the second time he's struck out to end a postseason game with his team trailing by a run. The only other player in baseball with two career postseason game-ending strikeouts in a one-run loss is Dick Sisler.
Martin, Maris and DiMaggio
Russell Martin was the hero in Game 1 but Sabathia delivered the performance of the night.
Sabathia threw 8⅔ innings of two-run ball to notch his fifth career Game 1 win, matching John Smoltz and Red Ruffing for the most all time.
Martin provided the muscle with his game-winning ninth-inning homer. The only other Yankees catcher to hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game was Jim Leyritz in Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS.
Stat of the Series
The Yankees are now 93-0 when leading after eight innings at home in the postseason. That is by far the most wins without a loss in that situation by any team in MLB history. The Orioles are second at 21-0.