The Buehrle Curse Lives
Mark Buehrle is the gift that keeps on giving for the Yankees.
Following Friday’s 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, Buehrle dropped to 1-12 in 19 career starts against the Bronx Bombers. The only pitcher with a worse record against the Yankees (min. 15 starts) is Red Ruffing, who was 1-16 vs them from 1924-47.
Buehrle’s only win vs the Yankees came on April 10, 2004, and since then he is 0-10 with a 7.34 ERA in 15 starts.
The 15-start winless streak is the longest by a left-hander vs the Yankees over the last 100 years, and the longest by any pitcher since Sidney Ponson went winless in 15 starts vs New York from 1999-2003.
He is 0-6 in eight starts at the new Yankee Stadium, by far the most starts without a win there by any pitcher and the most losses without a win.
The Streak Ends
All good things must come to an end, right? The Blue Jays 6-4 win on Saturday was their first victory in the Bronx since August 29, 2012, snapping a streak of 17 straight home wins by the Yankees over the Blue Jays.
It was the Yankees longest win streak at home against an opponent since they won 19 in a row at Yankee Stadium against the Indians from 1960-62, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Chris Capuano had a solid first start with the Yankees, throwing six innings of two-run ball. He is the first Yankee lefty to pitch at least six innings and allow no more than two runs in his debut with the team since Randy Johnson in 2005.
When Capuano took the mound, he became the 28th pitcher used by the Yankees, matching the team record for a single season… and we are not even in August yet. The Yankees also used 28 pitchers in 2005, 2007 and 2011.
The Elias Sports Bureau also tells us that Capuano was the first pitcher since Ray Scarborough in 1952 to start for the Yankees after playing in the same season for the Red Sox.
Birds own the Bronx
Beating the Blue Jays in New York used to be so easy… until this weekend.
The Blue Jays took the third game of the series on Sunday, marking the first time they have won consecutive games on the road against the Yankees in a single season since August 2-3, 2010.
Carlos Beltran had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning before David Robertson allowed the game-winning run in the top of the next frame. It was the Yankees eighth loss this season when tied after eight innings; the only AL team with more such losses is the Red Sox.
Chase Headley continues to swing a hot bat, and with his homer on Sunday he now has a hit in each of first six games as a Yankee. He is the third switch-hitter over the last 20 seasons to start his career in pinstripes with a hit in his first six games, joining Tim Raines in 1996 and Nick Swisher in 2009.