Monday, June 21, 2010
Not a Yankee-killer...yet
Could tonight's Diamondbacks starter, Rodrigo Lopez, be the next pitcher to stymie the Yankees in the postseason?
Check out this funky stat: Lopez ranks as having the fifth-highest ERA against the Yankees, among the 177 pitchers whose careers have started in the last 50 years.
Highest Career ERA vs. Yankees
Career Began in Last 50 Years
>> Among 177 pitchers with 100+ IP
But check out the other names with whom Lopez has company. Three of the four others -- Josh Beckett, Derek Lowe , and Kenny Rogers -- all share the distinction of having shut the Yankees down in a noteworthy posteason performance (Beckett and Lowe for the Red Sox, Rogers for the Tigers).
So if Lopez gets traded to a contending team, the Yankees might want to be a little wary.