Friday, August 27, 2010
Yankeemetrics abound this week
For whatever reason, there have been an abundance of interesting statistical nuggets to come out of Yankees baseball over the last seven days. Here at ESPN, we like to fiddle around late at night through Baseball-Reference.com, and ask our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau to help in checking them all out
For those who have missed it, here's a sampling of what we've found, both for better and for worse. Curious to see what will come up tonight in Chicago.
AUGUST 20 • Felix Hernandez is the third pitcher since 1920 with three games of an 8/9/1 line (eight or more innings, nine or more strikeouts, no runs, or one run allowed) against the Yankees.
The others are Hall of Famers Lefty Grove in 1926 and Bob Feller in 1941 (both with three such games).
•A.J. Burnett allowed three stolen bases vs the Mariners and now has now allowed 32 stolen bases this season. That is the second-most in a single season by a Yankees pitcher since 1920. Roger Clemens has the most by a Yankee in the Live-Ball Era, with 34 in 2001.
•CC Sabathia has won 15 straight decisions at home. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the third-longest home win streak by a Yankees pitcher in franchise history, trailing only Johnny Allen (1932-33) and Ron Guidry (1985-86), with 16.
Most Consecutive Quality Starts
>> Source: Elias Sports Bureau
•Sabathia is now undefeated in his last 20 starts at home. Via Elias, that is the second-longest streak without a loss at home by a Yankees starter in franchise history, trailing only the 21 by Whitey Ford (1964-65).
• To complete our statistical triple crown -- Sabathia now has pitched 16 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak by a Yankees starter in franchise history (earned runs became official in 1913).
AUGUST 25 • Jorge Posada had his 17th four-hit game as a catcher for the Yankees. That is now tied with Thurman Munson for the second-most four-hit games by a Yankees catcher since 1920. Hall of Famer Bill Dickey paces all Yankees backstops -- he had 36.
AUGUST 26 •Phil Hughes went just 3 2/3 innings but threw 102 pitches on Wednesday vs the Blue Jays. That is the most pitches thrown by a Yankees starter in less than four innings since Tim Leary threw 104 pitches on May 1, 1991 vs the A’s.
•Javier Vazquez has now allowed a home run in eight straight games. That is the longest single-season streak by a Yankee since Andy Pettitte allowed a HR in eight straight games in 1999 (19 straight, combining 1999-2000).
Katie Sharp is a researcher for ESPN's baseball game telecasts