Top stats to know: Yankees at Indians
July, 7, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Kyndell HarknessNext week, Derek Jeter will make his ninth All-Star start at shortstop for the American League.
Here's a look at some of the top storylines for both teams entering the day, including All-Star selections, a recent trade and an absent offense.
Jeter an All-Star again
Fans elected Derek Jeter a starter in next week’s All-Star Game. It will be his ninth career All-Star start at shortstop. Only Mickey Mantle (13) and Yogi Berra (11) will have started more All-Star Games as a Yankee. (Joe DiMaggio also has nine starts.)
Jeter hit his 2,542nd single Sunday, which moved him into fourth place in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Pete Rose leads the league with 3,215 singles all time.
Yankees bring in McCarthy
On Sunday, the Yankees traded Vidal Nuno to the Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy entered Sunday with a 1.22 run difference between his ERA (5.01) and fielding independent pitching (3.79), the largest of any pitcher who was qualified for the ERA title. FIP is an ERA estimator based on strikeouts, walks and home runs allowed.
With McCarthy arriving, the Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment. Soriano ranked 1,020th out of 1,022 position players in wins above replacement this season.
Offense Absent for Free Agents
When New York brought in Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, it added proven veterans who had delivered consistently over their careers. However, both have struggled this season.
McCann is hitting line drives at a higher rate, up to 23 percent from 21 percent this past season. But he’s not hitting the ball as hard as he did in 2013, and his hard-hit average has fallen from .209 to .155. McCann's lack of power has led to one of the worst offensive seasons of his career.
For Beltran, his power has also disappeared. Dips in his line-drive rate (19 percent) and hard-hit average (.170) have Beltran on pace for career lows in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Beltran's offensive difficulties have the new Yankee on pace for his first season with negative wins above replacement (minus-0.6).
Masterson's ups and downs
Since shifting to primarily a starter role in 2010, Justin Masterson has seen his year-to-year ERA fluctuate wildly.
Masterson has especially struggled against left-handed batters this season and has seen his opponents' batting average jump from .248 in 2013 to .315 this year.
But Masterson has been remarkably steady for the Indians at home since 2010. His home ERA has been between 3.09 and 3.62 in each of his past four seasons.