Stats & Info: Derek Jeter

Top stats to know: Rangers beat Yankees

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29

Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsYu Darvish was able to hold the Yankees offense to 2 solo homers by Brett Gardner in a win Monday.
The Texas Rangers were able to overcome a two-run deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth inning to beat the New York Yankees. Here are the top stats you need to know about Monday’s game.

Gardner owns Darvish
Rangers’ starter Yu Darvish was able to withstand a big game from Brett Gardner, who launched two home runs off of him. After picking up three hits in four plate appearances Monday, Gardner is now 5-11 in his career against Darvish in 12 plate appearances. Four of those five hits are home runs.

Gardner’s four home runs are tied for the most that Darvish has given up to any player in his career. The others to take the Rangers ace deep that many times are Mike Trout and Brandon Moss.

Darvish limits the damage
Darvish improved to 3-1 in his career against the Bronx Bombers. In 31 1/3 innings against Darvish, the Yankees have lived up to that nickname by hitting six home runs. Unfortunately for New York, all six of those home runs have been solo shots.

Monday, Darvish threw a strike on 74 percent of his pitches, the highest strike rate of his career. He also locked in when there were men on. With the bases empty, the Yankees were 7-17 (.412 BA) against him. With men on, Darvish held the Yankees to two singles in 12 plate appearances.

Jeter passes Yaz
Derek Jeter also had a big game, going 3-4 to give himself 3,420 career hits. That allowed him to pass Boston Red Sox Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski for seventh-most all-time in MLB history. Next up, and likely the only other player Jeter will pass on the list, is Honus Wagner who currently has 10 more hits than Jeter.

Did you know?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Dennis Martinez and Mike Morgan are the only two pitchers to allow a hit to both Derek Jeter and Carl Yastrzemski in their careers.

Martinez is the only one to allow a homer to both.

Trout, Jeter enjoy day of statistical bonds

July, 16, 2014
Jul 16
Mike Trout grew up in New Jersey, watching and admiring Derek Jeter.

Little did he know that, in 2014, he’d not only share the field with Jeter, but share some statistical synergy in that year’s All-Star Game.

Trout was the most valuable player of Jeter’s final All-Star Game, and both played an integral role in the American League’s 5-3 win over the National League.

Jeter and Trout were the only two players with two hits for the American League. Trout claimed an MVP honor that Jeter won in 2000, the same year he won the last of three straight World Series titles.

Trout became the third player to have multiple extra-base hits in an All-Star Game before turning 23. The others were Ted Williams (1941) and Ken Griffey Jr (1992).

Griffey is the only player younger than the 22-year-old Trout to win MVP honors, having won that award as a 22-year-old (106 days younger than Trout) in 1992.

Trout also became the second player in All-Star Game history with a double, triple and two RBIs in an All-Star Game, joining Earl Averill of the 1934 Cleveland Indians.

The 40-year-old Jeter became the oldest player with multiple hits in an All-Star Game, passing Carl Yastrzemski (age 39 in 1979). The oldest Yankees player prior to Jeter was the third-oldest with multiple hits all-time, Babe Ruth (age 38 in 1933).

Jeter finished 13-for-27 in his All-Star career. His .481 batting average is second-best in All-Star Game history (perhaps appropriate for a player who wears No. 2). The all-time leader among those with at least 15 plate appearances is second baseman Charlie Gehringer, who hit .500.

Trout may surpass them both someday. In three All-Star Games, he’s 4-for-7 (.571) with two singles, a double and a triple.

Coincidentally, Jeter also had four hits in his first seven All-Star Game at-bats.

One player Trout beat out for MVP honors was two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera became the first Tigers player to homer in an All-Star Game since fan-favorite Lou Whitaker did in 1986.

It was a day for retro-Tigers celebration. Max Scherzer won with a scoreless inning of relief, the first Tigers pitcher to win an All-Star Game since Jim Bunning in 1957.

Twins reliever Glen Perkins, a Minnesota native, became the third pitcher to earn an All-Star Game save in his home ballpark, joining Mickey Lolich (1971 Tigers) and Kaz Sasaki (2001 Mariners).

The losing pitcher would have a Minnesota connection too -- former Twins reliever Pat Neshek, who grew up in Minnesota. He became the first Cardinals pitcher to lose an All-Star Game since Mort Cooper in 1943.

Top stats to know: 2014 MLB All-Star Game

July, 15, 2014
Jul 15

Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports The last time the All-Star game was held in Minneapolis, there were no home runs hit.

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game marks the return of the Midsummer Classic to Minnesota for the first time since 1985, when it was held at the Metrodome.

While the National League leads the series with a 43-39-2 record and has won each of the last three, the American League is 19-6-1 over the last 26 games.

Here are some of the top stats to know on the 85th MLB All-Star Game.

World Series home-field advantage
Home-field advantage in the World Series is on the line tonight, which has been fairly significant in determining the World Series champion recently.

Since 1985, the team with the home-field advantage has won 23 of the last 28 World Series, including the last five. Also, the last nine times the World Series has gone to a Game 7, the home team has won each game. The last road team to win a Game 7 was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

The captain
Derek Jeter was elected by the fans as the AL starting shortstop in Tuesday's All-Star game. It would be his ninth career All-Star start at shortstop, breaking a tie with Luis Aparicio for third-most all-time. His ninth start at short stop would also tie him with Joe DiMaggio for third-most by a Yankee.

Jeter has two three-hit performances in the All-Star Game. Carl Yastrzemski and Willie Mays are the only others to also have two such games.

Jeter is 11-for-25 (.440) in the All-Star Game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, among the more than 100 players with at least 15 plate appearances in the Midsummer Classic, Jeter is tied with Ken Griffey Jr. (who also had 11 hits in 25 at-bats) for the second-highest career batting average. The two legends trail only Hall-of-Famer Charlie Gehringer, who was 10-for-20 (.500).

Only 11 players have started in the All-Star game after turning 40 (the last was Barry Bonds in 2007). Only one of them did so at shortstop - Cal Ripken Jr., who was actually elected to start at third base.

Starting pitchers
Adam Wainwright has the lowest earned run average in the majors this season (1.83) and Félix Hernández has the second-lowest (2.12). According to Elias, this is the first time since the current ERA qualifier was created in 1951 that the pitchers with the two lowest ERAs in the majors started the All-Star Game.

Wainwright will be the first St. Louis Cardinals pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Chris Carpenter in 2005. Carpenter and Wainwright would be the only two Cardinals pitchers to start an All-Star Game in the last 40 seasons.

Hernández is the second pitcher in Seattle Mariners history to start an All-Star Game, the other being Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997.

The table on the right shows that King Félix's 2014 has been strikingly similar to that enjoyed by the Big Unit leading up to the game played at Jacobs Field in Cleveland in 1997.

Top stats to know: Yankees at Indians

July, 7, 2014
Jul 7

AP Photo/Kyndell HarknessNext week, Derek Jeter will make his ninth All-Star start at shortstop for the American League.
The New York Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians on Monday night as both clubs look to make up ground in their divisional races heading into the All-Star break.

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.

Top stats to know: All-Star selections

July, 6, 2014
Jul 6
The American League and National League All-Star rosters for next Tuesday’s contest in Minnesota were announced on Sunday. Here’s a look at some of the notable statistical storylines from Sunday’s selections.

Jeter’s All-Star Finale
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is slated to make his ninth All-Star start at shortstop. That would be third-most in major-league history, trailing only Cal Ripken Jr. (14) and Ozzie Smith (11).
Derek Jeter
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Jeter would be the second player to start an All-Star Game at shortstop after turning 40 years old. Cal Ripken, Jr. was the AL’s starting shortstop in the 2001 All-Star Game at age 40, after a position switch on the left side of the infield that was orchestrated by Alex Rodriguez.

The only other non-pitcher who represented the Yankees in an All-Star Game at age 40 or older is Johnny Mize (age 40 in 1953).

Jeter will tie Joe DiMaggio for third-most All-Star starts by a Yankee. Only Mickey Mantle (13) and Yogi Berra (11) have more.

A very Athletic team
The Oakland Athletics had the most players selected to the All-Star team with six (not including Jeff Samardzija, who was picked as a representative of the Chicago Cubs). It is their most All-Star selections since 1975, when they also had six.

The Athletics will only have one starting position player- third baseman Josh Donaldson (who will join Sal Bando as the only Athletics third basemen to ever start an All-Star Game). In fact, the American League’s eight starting position players will come from eight different teams, the first time that has happened for the American League in All-Star Game history (which dates back to 1933).

You don’t have to be a closer
Three relief pitchers who are not closers were selected as All-Stars—Dellin Betances of the Yankees, Tony Watson of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pat Neshek of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Betances ranks second in the American League in opponents’ batting average (.129), trailing only Wade Davis (.120) of the Kansas City Royals.

Neshek and Watson are the only two pitchers in the majors (minimum 30 innings) who have a sub-1 ERA and WHIP this season.

Neshek ranks second in the NL in opponents' batting average (.134), trailing only Jonathan Broxton (.114). Neshek’s .343 opponents’ OPS is the lowest in the majors among those who have faced at least 100 batters this season.

Home-team reps
The Minnesota Twins will have two All-Star representatives, though neither one is six-time All-Star Joe Mauer.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki and closer Glen Perkins were both selected. Perkins will enjoy the honor as a St. Paul, Minnesota native. The last player to win All-Star Game MVP honors in his home ballpark was Pedro Martinez in 1999.

Neshek, who went to Park Center Senior High School just outside Minneapolis (and who previously pitched for the Twins) will also be well-received by the home-team fans.

Who starts on the mound?
The All-Star Game starting pitchers will not be named until next week, but the managers for both leagues will have interesting dilemmas.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright are separated in ERA by only .04 (Kershaw is at 1.85, Wainwright at 1.89), with Johnny Cueto right behind them at 1.99.

The last Dodgers pitcher to start the All-Star Game was Brad Penny in 2006. The last Cardinals pitcher to start it was Chris Carpenter in 2005.

Mariners starter Felix Hernandez leads the AL with a 2.11 ERA, but there figures to be some clamor for Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka (2.27 ERA) to get the start. The only Mariners pitcher to start an All-Star Game is Randy Johnson (1995 and 1997). The last Yankees pitcher was Roger Clemens in 2001.

Top stats to know: Yankees at Twins

July, 4, 2014
Jul 4

Andrew Fielding/USA TODAY SportsDerek Jeter has 24 career hits on July 4, most among active players.
The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins play the second game of their four-game series this afternoon (3 ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN). We take a look at some of the things the broadcast crew will talk about.

The Shift Report
New York has shifted 503 times so far this season, trailing only the Houston Astros, who have shifted 764 times.

Last season, the Yankees shifted a total of 475 times. In fact, since 2010, the Yankees have increased their use of the shift.

As for Minnesota, it has used the shift 202 times this season. While that’s near the middle of the pack (16th overall), it’s already more shifts than they had in the last four seasons combined (189).

Pitching Matchup
The Twins are the second team that Chase Whitley will face for the second time this season.

When he faced the Toronto Blue Jays for a second time (June 23), he allowed 8 runs in 3⅓ innings.

Whitley has thrown five or fewer innings in seven of his nine starts this season.

That has helped tax the bullpen - only two teams – Tampa Bay (4,883) and Miami (4,800) - have had more pitches thrown by relievers this season than the Yankees (4,706).

For Minnesota, Kyle Gibson will take the mound at Target Field, a place he has enjoyed pitching. This season, Gibson is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA at home, compared to 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA on the road.

Among qualified starters this season, Gibson’s home ERA is the second-lowest in the majors, trailing only Julio Teheran (1.22).

Gibson has been able to get opposing hitters to chase nearly a third of the pitches he throws outside the strike zone.

That’s fourth best among qualified starters in the American League.

• Derek Jeter is 24-for-69 (.348) in his career on July 4. That’s the most Independence Day hits by any active player.

• Brian Dozier has 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases in the Twins first 84 games, putting him just off pace for a 30-30 season. He’s the only player in the majors to reach 15-15 so far this season. No Twins player has ever recorded a 30-30 season.

Top stats to know: Blue Jays win on error

June, 25, 2014
Jun 25

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesJose Reyes scored the winning run after Yankees 3B Yangervis Solarte
The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays played one of the more exciting games of the night at Rogers Centre. Here are the top three stats to know about the game.

Buehrle settles for no decision
Early in the game, it looked like Mark Buehrle would coast to his 11th win of the season, which would tie Masahiro Tanaka for most in the majors. Through five innings Buehrle gave up four hits and no runs, but things fell apart in seventh inning as the Yankees would eventually tie things up at 6-6.

The no decision leaves Buehrle's lifetime record against the Yankees at 1-11. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his .083 win percentage against the Yankees is the second-worst by any pitcher all-time (minimum 15 starts). The only pitcher who had less luck against the Bronx Bombers was Red Ruffing (1-16).

The Captain goes yard
Derek Jeter homered for the second time this season to get the Yankees on the board in the sixth inning.

Jeter’s two home runs have come on nearly identical pitches. Both were on the inside part of the plate, both were against left-handers (Buehrle and Hector Santiago) and both were on cutters.

Both of Jeter's home runs have also come on the road. He hasn't hit a home run at Yankee Stadium since July 28, 2013, his only homer last season.

Blue Jays walk-off win via error
Toronto walked off in the ninth inning when Yangervis Solarte fielded Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt and threw wildly, allowing Jose Reyes to score. It marked the second time this season the Blue Jays won a game on a walk-off due to the opposition committing an error after fielding a bunt.

The other occurrence came on May 28 when the Tampa Bay Rays Juan Carlos Oviedo fielded an Anthony Gose bunt and threw wildly, allowing Kevin Pillar to score.

Top stats to know: Angels vs. Yankees

April, 27, 2014
Apr 27
The star power will be out in full force as the New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday Night Baseball. That starts on the pitchers mound, as the Yankees will start rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Let’s take a look at some of the statistical storylines our broadcast crew will be following.

Trout and Pujols may not be the biggest concern
The biggest Yankees-killer among the Angels hitters is not one of their big-time stars, but second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Kendrick is hitting .351 in 211 career at-bats against the Yankees, including a 20 for 47 stretch over the last three seasons.

The only active player with at least 150 plate appearances and a better batting average is Miguel Cabrera, .373.

Kendrick has swung a hot bat recently regardless of opponent. He’s 17 for 44 (.386) with a pair of opposite-field home runs over his last 10 games.

What to Watch for from Tanaka: First Time Through
Buster Olney walked you through the Tanaka-Mike Trout matchup, as it relates to Trout’s issues with splitters (hitters chase the Tanaka splitter 61 percent of the time).

One other thing to keep an eye on is how long it takes Tanaka to get going.

Opponents are hitting .306 with an .852 OPS the first time through the order against Tanaka, but only .151 with a .436 OPS the rest of the game.

Worth noting along those lines: Trout is hitting .455 with five homers in the first inning of games this season. His only other homer this season came in the ninth inning.

What to Watch for from Richard: Two-Strike Success
Garrett Richards is facing the team against whom he made his major league debut a few seasons ago, but he’s come a good ways since then. Richards has a 2.52 ERA in four starts this season. In two of those games, he pitched at least six innings and allowed one hit.

Opponents are hitting .155 against Richards this season. They are 2 for 41 against him in two-strike situations.

Richards’ premier two-strike pitch of choice is a slider that drops below the knees, against which opponents are 0 for 15 (with two walks).

Jeter streaking
Derek Jeter is 3 for 6 in this series and carries a note of distinction into tonight’s game. His current 15-game hitting streak against the Angels is his longest active one versus any opponent.

His career-long hitting streak against the Angels is 16 games, from 1998 to 2000. His longest hitting streak versus any team is a 25-gamer against the Tigers from 1999 to 2001.

Jeter’s next run scored will be the 1,882nd of his career, matching Hall-of-Famer Tris Speaker for 11th-most all-time.

Watch the Shift
The Yankees have had 149 shifts against batted balls in play this season, which ranks second-most in baseball entering Sunday, behind only the Astros (243) and well ahead of the third-place Indians, 102.

The Angels have several hitters who figure to see shifts today, most prominently Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez.

Pujols has been shifted the third-most often of any right-handed hitter since the start of last season (Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista rank 1-2).

He’s hitting .250 when hitting a ground ball or short line drive against the shift this season. That’s considerably better than Ibanez who has hit 25 grounders and short liners against shifts this season, but has only two base hits.

Jeter's milestone done via usual approach

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6

Derek Jeter gets a lot of his hits by going to the opposite field.
Derek Jeter passed Paul Molitor into eighth place on baseball’s all-time hit list, and the two hits he recorded Sunday to give him 3,320 for his career were in true Jeterian fashion.

Jeter has four hits in 2014, all opposite-field singles. In fact, all 11 of the balls that Jeter has put into play this season have been hit to the right of the second-base bag.

That’s not surprising.

Over the last five seasons, 37 percent of Jeter’s hits have been to the opposite field; that’s the higher percentage by any right-handed hitter over that time The average right-handed hitter over that same timespan had slightly less than one-fourth of his base hits (23 percent) to the opposite field.

It will be awhile before Jeter’s next "catch" on the all-time hits list. He’s 99 hits shy of Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place. Yastrzemski and Stan Musial (3,630 hits) are the only players with more hits, all for a single team, than Jeter has for the Yankees.

The next milestone for Jeter will be in doubles. His next double will give him one more than Ted Williams. He needs nine to catch Lou Gehrig’s Yankees record of 534. He’s also 11 runs shy of catching Gehrig for the second-most runs scored in Yankees history, behind only Babe Ruth.

Jeter and the Yankees return home for their first game at Yankee Stadium this season against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Jeter's 341 hits against the Orioles are second-most against the franchise since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954, behind only Carl Yastrzemski (363).

Top stats to know: Jeter to retire after 2014

February, 13, 2014
Feb 13

AP Photo/Ed BetzDerek Jeter will call it a career after 2014. How does he rank among the all-time greats?

Derek Jeter said he will retire after this season. Jeter posted a long letter on his Facebook account Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his last year of playing professional baseball.

Hit machine

Jeter has 3,316 career hits, ninth-most all time. He's only three behind Paul Molitor for the eighth spot.

Even more impressive, all of those hits have come for one team. Jeter currently has the sixth-most hits for one franchise in MLB history.

With 104 more hits with the Yankees, Jeter would surpass Carl Yastrzemski for fourth-most on that list. Only Ty Cobb (Tigers), Stan Musial (Cardinals) and Hank Aaron (Braves) would have more with one franchise.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jeter needs only 115 more hits to surpass Honus Wagner for most hits by a shortstop.

Since becoming a full-time player in 1996, Jeter has averaged about 184 hits per year (including an injury-shortened 2013 in which he played in only 17 games). If Jeter maintains that pace this season, he will finish his career with exactly 3,500 hits. Only five players would have more.

But Jeter's greatest accomplishments might have come when it mattered most.

Jeter has hit .308 in his postseason career. No one has more games played (158), hits (200), runs (111) and total bases (302) in the postseason.

Yankees legend

Jeter has played more games in pinstripes than anyone else. He ranks first in Yankees franchise history in games (2,602), hits (3,316), at-bats (10,614) and stolen bases (348).

Only four players have more wins above replacement in Yankees history than the Captain's 71.6: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. To catch DiMaggio, Jeter would have to put up a 6.7 WAR season this year, something he has accomplished only twice and most recently in 1999, when Jeter posted an 8.0 WAR.

Jeter's final season as a player will be his 20th with the club, another franchise record.


There's little doubt that Jeter will be headed to Cooperstown when he is eligible in 2020.

He could become the sixth player elected in his first year of eligibility who predominantly played shortstop, joining an illustrious list.

Cal Ripken received 98.53 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote in 2007, the third-highest percentage all time. Tom Seaver has the highest percentage with 98.84 percent.

Jeter could make a run at that record, adding another to his collection.

--Katie Sharp contributed to this article

Andy Pettitte’s career leaves lasting mark

September, 20, 2013

Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesAndy Pettitte helped lead the Yankees to 5 World Series titles during his career.
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte announced his retirement today. His last home start is scheduled for Sunday against San Francisco, a day when the Yankees are honoring Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium.

His last start of the season will likely come next weekend in Houston against the Astros, near his home.

Here are the top five things to know about Pettitte’s 18-year major league career.

1. Originally selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Pettitte is 255-152 (.627) with a 3.86 ERA in 529 appearances (519 starts) with the Yankees (1995-2003, '07-10 and '12-13) and Astros (2004-06).

He is the franchise leader in strikeouts (2,009) and is on pace to finish his career tied with Whitey Ford (438) for the most starts in Yankees history.

His 255 career wins are the most by a left-hander since 1995 (his first season in the majors). Randy Johnson (222), Jamie Moyer (218) and CC Sabathia (204) round out the top four.

2. Pettitte will become the third member of the Yankees "Core Four" to retire in the last three seasons, joining Mariano Rivera after this season and catcher Jorge Posada, who retired following the 2011 season.

That will leave shortstop Derek Jeter as the only active member.

3. Currently 103 games over .500 in his career, Pettitte is the only active pitcher (and one of just 26 pitchers in MLB history) to post a record of 100-or-more games over .500.

Of the 25 other pitchers to accomplish the feat, 18 have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

4. Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, going 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 44 career starts. He also ranks first all-time in postseason starts and innings pitched (276.2) and is second with 183 strikeouts.

His 19 postseason wins are more than that of eight other franchises (Royals-18; Diamondbacks-17, Mariners-15, Brewers-14, Padres-12, Rays-11, Rockies-9 and Expos/Nationals-7).

5. Pettitte has earned the win in a game in which Rivera also earned a save 72 times in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the highest win-save combination for any pair of pitchers since saves became an official statistic in 1969.

Jeter and Soriano end Yankees drought

July, 28, 2013
Linda Cataffo/Getty ImagesAlfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter both homered for the Yankees on Sunday.
The New York Yankees’ power outage is officially over.

Alfonso Soriano arrived via trade, Derek Jeter returned from the disabled list, and now the Yankees can forget about the recent issues that plagued them at the plate.

Jeter homered in his first at-bat since being activated from the DL to snap the Yankees’ streak of nine straight games without a home run, which was their longest streak since 1984.

It also snapped the Yankees’ streak of 28 straight games without a home run by a right-handed batter. Their last homer by a right-handed batter before Jeter’s long ball was by Jayson Nix on June 25.

Additionally, Jeter’s homer was only the third by a Yankees shortstop all season. Nix has the other two.

In Soriano’s third game with the Yankees, he hit his first home run as a Yankee since 2003. After lacking power from right-handed batters, they all of a sudden had two right-handed homers in the same game for the first time since May 15.

But Soriano wasn’t finished. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Soriano’s game-winning single was his 13th career walk-off hit and fourth walk-off hit as a Yankee. His last walk-off hit as a Yankee (June 2003) also came against the Rays (then known as the Devil Rays).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Soriano is the first Yankee with at least four hits, including a walk-off hit, since Johnny Damon (6-for-6, walk-off single in ninth inning) on June 7, 2008, against the Royals.

5 stats to know: Yankees at Rangers

July, 22, 2013

Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsYu Darvish, who makes his return from the DL, struck out an MLB-leading 157 batters prior to the All-Star break, the most since Curt Schilling (186) and Randy Johnson (171) in 2002.
The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers will meet Monday night in the first game of a four-game series in Texas at 7 ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.

Here are five stats our broadcast crew will likely be talking about during Monday night’s game.

1. The American League’s strikeout leader, Yu Darvish, makes his return from the DL after missing just one start.

He’ll hope to get back on track after failing to complete seven innings in each of his past four starts, a stretch over which he’s posted a 4.50 ERA.

Darvish throws a variety of pitches, but his approach against righties and lefties is completely different. He’s mainly a fastball-slider pitcher against righties while lefties can only guess what could be coming.

2. Alex Rodriguez was expected to make his season debut tonight, but instead will remain out of action due to a grade 1 quad strain. This season, Yankees third basemen have combined to hit .220 with only four home runs and 27 RBI, ranking them next-to-last in the majors in each category. In fact, David Adams (now playing in Triple A) was the last New York third baseman to hit a home run, but that came all the way back on May 22.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees have not had fewer than 10 home runs in a season from the third base position since 1996 (six) and they haven’t had fewer than 50 RBI from that position since 1991 (39).

3. Ichiro Suzuki is 7-for-14 in his career against Darvish, with his .500 batting average being the highest of any batter against him (min. 10 at-bats).

Ichiro is two hits shy of becoming the third active player with 2,700 hits, joining teammates Derek Jeter and Rodriguez.

4. The Yankees trail the division-leading Boston Red Sox by seven games entering tonight. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, New York won a league or division title when trailing by seven or more games at any point after the All-Star break only once. That was in 1978 when the team trailed the Red Sox by 14 games and came back to win the AL East.

5. New York has taken the season series from the Rangers in seven of the last nine seasons (tied 4-4 in 2010, lost 4-3 in 2008).

After dropping two of three in the Bronx earlier this year, the Yankees will have to win three of the four games this week to take the season series.

Quick Hitters
• Since rejoining the Yankees rotation, Ivan Nova is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last two starts, completing eight innings in both appearances (the first time in his career he’s gone at least eight innings in consecutive appearances).

• Robinson Cano is hitting .415 with a .519 OBP over a Yankees season-high 12-game hit streak. He’s also driven in 12 runs in that span, including two in each of the last two games.

• Mariano Rivera has 38 career saves against the Rangers, the most against them by any pitcher, a dozen more than Rollie Fingers, who ranks second.

• The Rangers began the season 19-8 at home, but have gone 8-14 since. Fourteen of the team’s first 17 games post-All-Star break are at home. They haven’t started this stretch in a positive manner as the Baltimore Orioles just completed a weekend sweep.

• Adrian Beltre has hit eight home runs this month, tied with Alfonso Soriano for the most in the majors in July.

Records in play as second half starts

July, 18, 2013
AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyChris Davis had a prodigious first half, and he isn't the only player looking to rewrite the record book.
After four days off, all 30 MLB teams are back on the diamond on Friday. We get you ready for the key statistical storylines for the season’s second half.

Chris Davis has had a career year –- and the season isn’t even 100 games old yet. Davis begins his unofficial second half with 37 home runs, 93 RBI and a .315 batting average.

Who else has hit those thresholds in their team’s first 96 games? The list is short -- only Babe Ruth (1921 and 1928) and Jimmie Foxx (1932).

He is on pace to hit 62 home runs, which would break the American League record of 61 by Roger Maris in 1961. And with 64 extra-base hits so far he could threaten Babe Ruth’s record of 119 in 1921.

Davis isn’t the only player tearing things up in the AL. Miguel Cabrera is first in the league with a .365 average and 95 RBI and trails only Davis with 30 home runs.

Entering this season, the only player to finish in the top five in each Triple Crown category a year after winning the Triple Crown was Frank Robinson in 1967. Only four players have led the league in any triple-crown category while defending the Triple Crown, and none have led more than one the following year.

•  Manny Machado has 39 doubles at the break, the most since Edgar Martinez had 42 in 1996. On his current pace, he’ll threaten Earl Webb’s record of 67 two-baggers in 1931. No player has hit 60 doubles in a season since 1936.

•  Raul Ibanez has discovered the fountain of youth. Ibanez has hit 24 home runs this season and only needs six more to pass the 29 that Ted Williams hit in 1960 for the most by a player aged 41 or over.

•  Clayton Kershaw entered the break with a 1.98 ERA. The last pitcher to post an ERA below 2.00 for a full season was Roger Clemens in 2005. The only Dodgers pitcher to do so since the club moved to Los Angeles was Sandy Koufax, who did so three times.

•  So far this season, 19.75 percent of plate appearances have ended in a strikeout. That’s the most ever before the All-Star break, and just a fraction below last year’s full-season record of 19.78 percent.

•  Derek Jeter is 10th on the all-time hit list with 3,305 career hits, but should surpass Eddie Collins (3,313) and Paul Molitor (3,319) to move into eighth place before the season ends.

Jeter could also move into the Top 10 all-time in runs scored. He has touched home 1,869 times in his career, 19 behind Lou Gehrig for 10th all-time and 29 behind teammate Alex Rodriguez for ninth.

•  His power hasn’t been as prodigious since joining the Los Angeles Angels, but Albert Pujols is still climbing up the all-time home run list. He needs 10 home runs in the second half to become the 26th player in major-league history with 500 home runs.

Top stats to know: 2013 All-Star Game

July, 16, 2013
The National League and American League will meet in the All-Star Game for the 84th time on Tuesday night at 8 ET. Let's run through some of the notable storylines for this game.

Statistical overview
The NL leads the all-time series 43-38-2 and has won the past three games, but the AL won the previous seven. The winning league gets home-field advantage in the World Series, which is meaningful when you consider that teams with home-field advantage have won 22 of the past 27 World Series.

The NL has claimed both the All-Star Game and the World Series title in each of the past three years. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, should the NL win both again this year, it would tie the record (the NL also did it from 1979 to 1982).

The past five All-Star Games have been relatively low scoring, with the leagues combining for 32 runs. The AL has managed only two runs combined in the past three games, hitting a combined .189.

The NL will try for its longest All-Star Game winning streak since winning 11 straight from 1972 to 1982.

AL lineup: mashers galore
The AL has the advantage on paper in terms of offensive firepower in its starting lineup, with the top two home run hitters in the sport hitting cleanup and third in Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera.

The NL starting lineup features seven batters with .300-or-better batting averages to the AL's six. But the AL has the advantage in home runs, 185-136, featuring six hitters with at least 19 homers this season.

Starting pitching matchup: Scherzer vs. Harvey
The starting pitchers Tuesday night will be Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers and Matt Harvey of the New York Mets.

Harvey, who at 24 will be the youngest pitcher to start the All-Star Game since 23-year-old Dwight Gooden in 1988, will hope to fare better than the last pitcher to start the All-Star Game in his home ballpark. As a member of the Houston Astros, Roger Clemens allowed six runs to the American League in the first inning of the 2004 All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park.

Scherzer has a statistical connection to Clemens as well. He was the first pitcher to start a season 13-0 or better since Clemens did in 1986. Clemens started and won the All-Star Game that year, taking home MVP honors for his three perfect innings en route to a win in the Astrodome.

Harvey (7-2) and Scherzer (13-1) have a combined .870 winning percentage this season. According to Elias, it's the third-highest percentage for opposing starters in an All-Star Game. Randy Johnson and David Wells combined for an .879 winning percentage in 2000, while Johnson and Hideo Nomo had a combined .882 percentage in 1995.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Harvey has 29 career starts on his résumé, the fewest of any All-Star Game starter since Nomo (13) in 1995.

For more on the pitching matchup, check out our post from Monday afternoon.

Rivera’s last All-Star Game
Mariano Rivera was named to his 13th All-Star Game, the second most for any pitcher in major league history, trailing only Warren Spahn’s 17.

Rivera has actually appeared in eight All-Star Games. The only pitcher with more appearances is Clemens with 10.

Rivera has four All-Star Game saves, the most all time (one more than Dennis Eckersley), with his last coming in 2009. Rivera’s All-Star Game ERA is 0.00, with one unearned run allowed in eight innings. The only pitcher with more career All-Star innings and no earned runs allowed is Mel Harder with 13.

Rivera is tied with Derek Jeter and Joe DiMaggio for the third-most selections in Yankees history. Only Mickey Mantle (20) and Yogi Berra (18) have more.