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Friday, September 3, 2010
Yankeemetrics good for Nunez, Sabathia


From Eduardo Nunez’s three-hit four-RBI career night on the South Side of Chicago to CC Sabathia’s dominating one-hitter in the Bronx, with the help of Baseball-Reference.com, here’s a look back at the best in “Yankeemetrics” from this past week:

AUGUST 28 at WHITE SOX
Nunez had three hits and four RBI in his ninth career game. He is just the fourth Yankee since 1920 with at least three hits and at least four RBI in a game within his first 10 career games with the team. The others were Brian Dayett on September 18, 1983; Tommy Henrich on May 16, 1937; and Jesse Hill on April 25, 1935.

AUGUST 29 at WHITE SOX
Francisco Cervelli was 4-for-4 while batting in the #9 spot in the order. He became the first Yankee #9 batter to go 4-for-4 or better since Miguel Cairo on June 9, 2004 vs Rockies. But he is the first Yankee catcher to do it since Joe Girardi on August 23, 1999 in a 21-3 win vs the Rangers.

AUGUST 30 at WHITE SOX
Marcus Thames has homered in five straight starts. That is tied with seven others for the fourth-longest homer streak in starts by a Yankee since 1920. The last one to do it was Alex Rodriguez in 2007. The only Yankees with longer such streaks since 1920 are Don Mattingly (eight in 1987), Roger Maris (seven in 1961), Lou Gehrig (six in 1931).

AUGUST 31 vs ATHLETICS
Jorge Posada tripled, and now has 10 career triples as a catcher. Since 1925, that is the fifth-most triples as a catcher by a Yankee behind Bill Dickey (68), Yogi Berra (42), Thurman Munson (30) and Elston Howard (27).

On the downside, my Stats and Info colleague Mark Simon noted that Derek Jeter finished the month of August hitting .239, his worst calendar month since April, 2004.

SEPTEMBER 1 vs ATHLETICS
A.J. Burnett allowed a stolen base to Rajai Davis. He now has now allowed 34 stolen bases this season, matching the franchise record set by Roger Clemens in 2001.

SEPTEMBER 2 vs ATHLETICS
Sabathia got his 19th win in the Yankees 134th game. The last Yankee to reach 19 wins within the team's first 134 games was Andy Pettitte in 1996. The last Yankee to reach 19 wins in fewer than 134 team games was Tommy John in 1980 (132 team games).

Sabathia is the first Yankee pitcher to throw at least eight innings while allowing one hit or fewer since Andy Pettitte on August 3, 2003 vs the A's. He is the sixth lefty to do it since 1984. The others (besides Pettitte): Ted Lilly in 2002 vs the Mariners, David Wells in 1998 vs the Twins (perfect game), Jim Abbott in 1993 vs the Indians (no-hitter) and Jimmy Key in 1993 vs the Angels.

Sabathia won his 16th straight decision at home, tying Ron Guidry and Johnny Allen for the longest home win streak in Yankees history. He also is undefeated in his last 21 starts at home, matching Whitey Ford for the most consecutive home starts without a loss in Yankees history.



From Simon: This was the fifth time in Yankees history that the Yankees pitched a one-hitter on September 2. The others were in 2001 at Red Sox, 1996 at Athletics, 1955 vs Senators and 1942 vs Browns.

The Yankees win the season series with the A's 9-1. That matches the best season series record against the A's by a Yankees team in franchise history. The 1919 Yankees were 18-2 against the Philadelphia A's.