Stats & Info: Chris Tillman

5 stats to know: Yankees at Orioles

June, 30, 2013

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Chris Tillman looks to be just the sixth AL pitcher since 1990 to go 6-0 in June.

The Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees at Camden Yards Sunday at 8 ET on ESPN2/WatchESPN. Here are five stats to keep an eye on during the game.

1 - Chris Davis (HR) and Manny Machado (2B) are on track to be the second pair of teammates to lead the MLB outright in home runs and doubles. In 1927, Lou Gehrig led in doubles, while Babe Ruth led in home runs.

With his two homers Saturday, Davis matched Brady Anderson club record for HR in the first half with 30 -- and the Orioles still have 14 games left before the All-Star break.

Machado is on an incredible doubles pace at a young age.

His 37 doubles before the All-Star break are the most for a player in his age-20 season or younger in MLB history. He is on pace for 73 doubles, which would break Earl Webb’s major-league record of 67 in 1931.

2 - Chris Tillman takes the mound looking to close out a successful month for the Orioles.

Tillman is 5-0 in June. He could be the franchise’s first pitcher to win six games in June since Urban Shocker went 6-1 for the St. Louis Browns in 1923.

He’d also have the ninth month with a record of 6-0 or better by an Orioles pitcher in the live-ball era.

3 - Tillman has struggled against the Yankees. He is 2-3 with an 8.16 ERA against the Bronx Bombers. Only Jeremy Affeldt has a higher ERA among active pitchers with 25+ career innings against the Yankees.

For Tillman’s winning streak to continue, he will have to get past Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano.

Ichiro holds the highest career batting average at Camden Yards (min. 150 PA),.382.

Cano could also pose a threat to Tillman at the plate. Cano’s .338 BA is the highest for a Yankees player against the Orioles since Joe DiMaggio, who hit .363 in his career against Baltimore (min. 500 PA).

4 - Barring a surge tonight, this will go down as the Yankees’ worst offensive June in years.

The Yankees are averaging 3.3 runs this month. It would be their lowest in June since 1967 (3.0).

One reason for the offensive struggles could be that the Yankees have more payroll on the disabled list (more than $97M) than the entire Opening Day payroll of 16 teams, including the Orioles.

5 – Hiroki Kuroda’s 2.77 ERA would be among the lowest by an AL pitcher his age in the past 50 years. It would be the lowest for a qualifying Yankees starter 38 or older since Spud Chandler’s 2.10 in 1946.

He’s been tough on right-handed hitters…

Kuroda is tied with Justin Masterson with a .514 Opp OPS against right-handed batters, the lowest among AL starting pitchers.

…and with runners in scoring position.

He has held opponents to a .182 BA with runners in position, the fifth-lowest among AL starters.

Tillman cuts Sox; Orioles need no magic

August, 28, 2012
The Baltimore Orioles this season have been known for their “magical” record in one-run games –- a .800 winning percentage that would rank as the best all-time. But Tuesday night they posted a rare blowout win, beating the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 6-0 at Camden Yards.

Chris Tillman was brilliant for the home team, pitching one of the best games of his young career with 7⅓ scoreless innings and just one hit allowed. It was the first time he went at least seven innings and didn’t allow a run in his 46 career starts.

Tillman had great command of his fastball and cutter Tuesday night. Those pitches netted him 14 outs, including three of his five strikeouts. He threw a season-high 61 percent of his fastballs and cutters in the strike zone, with 71 percent of them going for strikes.

Prior to this start, Tillman's fastball/cutter combination had been a liability for him. Opponents had hit .345 with seven homers in at-bats ending in those pitches in his first nine outings of the season.

His 1.051 OPS allowed on fastballs and cutters before Tuesday was the third-highest in the majors entering the games of August 28.

He held the White Sox left-handed batters hitless in eight at-bats thanks to an efficient changeup. He threw just seven of those pitches to lefties, but those seven changeups got him three of those eight lefty outs.

Not only did he allow a mere infield single among the 26 batters faced, but Tillman gave up just one line drive or a "well-hit" ball during his outing, as judged by scouting service Inside Edge. He had allowed an average of nearly six hard-hit balls over his previous five starts.

Tillman's gem on Tuesday continues a run of great pitching by the Orioles starters during the team's four-game win streak. They have thrown at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs in each game, posting a 1.75 ERA in this span. Before this four-game stretch, the Orioles starters had compiled an ERA close to five in their first 20 games of August.

Brian Matusz finished off the shutout, allowing just one hit in two innings. With only two hits allowed in the entire game, this was a rare win for the Orioles. It is the fewest hits the Orioles have allowed to the White Sox in a game played in Baltimore since May 5, 1976, when Jim Palmer beat Rich Gossage and the White Sox, 2-0.