Yankeemetrics: The Final Series

The final hit of The Captain's career. (Photo: Steven Senne/AP)

The final hit of The Captain’s career. (Photo: Steven Senne/AP)

A rare meaningless Red Sox-Yankees game
Following Thursday’s dramatic Yankee Stadium finale, the Yankees rested most of their regulars on Friday night at Fenway Park in the opener of the final series of 2014, but still managed to beat the Red Sox, 3-2.

This was the first time since October 2-4, 1992 that the Yankees and Red Sox played a series with both teams eliminated from playoff contention; that date was also the last time both teams entered a head-to-head series at least 13 games out of first place in the division.

The Yankees started five rookies and all five got at least three at-bats. Since rookie rules were established in 1958, the only other time the Yankees had five rookies get at least three at-bats in a game vs Red Sox was on Sept. 10, 1966, a 5-1 Yankees win at Fenway Park.

Chris Capuano finished his season with a strong outing, allowing just one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.…

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Yankeemetrics: Captain Clutch edition

Captain Clutch does it again. (Photo: John Munson/NJ.com)

Captain Clutch does it again. (Photo: John Munson/NJ.com)


We’re leading this one off with The Captain, Derek Jeter

Captain Clutch’s last stand
You could not have scripted a better sendoff for The Captain in his final game at Yankee Stadium. His life really is a Hollywood movie, no joke.

Derek Jeter played his first and only game at Yankee Stadium with the Yankees eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday night, and he made sure that it would be a historic one.

Jeter came to bat in the ninth inning with the score tied and Antoan Richardson on second base, and lined a single to right field that scored Richardson for the game-winning run. It was his seventh career walk-off hit and first since 2007. Since his rookie season in 1995, no other Yankee has more walk-off hits than Jeter.

Four of those seven walk-off hits came in the ninth inning with the score tied. In the last 75 years, the only Yankees with more such hits than Jeter’s four are Mickey Mantle (6) and Graig Nettles (6).…

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 18-21 (Blue Jays)

Derek Jeter is on fire in his last homestand. (Photo: NY Times)

Derek Jeter is on fire in his last homestand. (Photo: NY Times)

Chasing the hero
The Yankees started Derek Jeter‘s final homestand with a dramatic walk-off win against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.

In the bottom of the ninth inning with the scored knotted at 2-2, Chase Headley hit a groundball to Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind, who let it go through his legs, allowing Antoan Richardson to score the winning run from third base.

If you remember, the Yankees also lost a game via a walk-off error in Toronto on June 24. Hmmm… This is the first time in at least the last 75 years that the Yankees lost via walk-off error and won via walk-off error against the same team in a season.

Shane Greene held the Blue Jays without a run into the seventh inning, the second time he’s had a scoreless start at home this year. He is the first Yankee rookie with at least two scoreless starts at Yankee Stadium in a season since Orlando Hernandez in 1998.…

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 15-17 (Rays)

Brandon McCarthy etched his name in the Yankee record books on Wednesday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon McCarthy etched his name in the Yankee record books on Wednesday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

No runs, no win
A 1-0 loss to the Rays in the series opener on Monday dug the Yankees into an even deeper hole in the playoff race, as they fell to six games out in the wild card standings with 13 games left.

It was the second time in the last two days that the Yankees lost in walk-off fashion after Sunday’s heartbreaking 3-2 loss in Baltimore, the first time they’ve suffered consecutive walk-off losses since Sept. 14 (Mariners) and 16 (Blue Jays, 2011.

The Rays won it on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the ninth inning off Shawn Kelley, who became the first Yankee pitcher to allow a two-out, walk-off hit in a 0-0 game since Ryne Duren on July 26, 1959 at Detroit.

The game took three hours and 28 minutes despite the fact that only one run was scored and it lasted only nine innings.…

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 12-14 (Orioles)

Shane Greene was the only Yankee pitcher that won this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Shane Greene was the only Yankee pitcher that won this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nightmare on Eutaw Street, Part I
The baseball gods can be cruel sometimes. One day after arguably the Yankees most improbable win of the season, they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Orioles in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

After both teams were scoreless through nine innings, the Yankees struck first in extra innings when Chris Young hit a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning.

He is the first Yankee with a tie-breaking, extra-inning home run in 0-0 game on road since Cecil Fielder on Aug 2, 1996 at Kansas City, and the first to do that in the 11th inning or later since Bernie Allen on July 8, 1972 at Minnesota.

Combined with his walk-off homer on Thursday, Young became the first Yankee to hit go-ahead homers in ninth inning or later on consecutive days since Graig Nettles on April 20-21, 1974 against the Orioles.…

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 5-7 (Royals)

This pretty much sums up the Royals series. (Photo credit: Star-Ledger)

This pretty much sums up the Royals series. (Photo credit: Star-Ledger)

No offense, Yankees stink – Part I
The Yankees wasted another brilliant start by Michael Pineda, losing 1-0 to the Royals in the series opener on Friday night.

It was the first time ever that the Yankees lost a 1-0 game at Yankee Stadium against the Royals. They had done so previously three times in Kansas City (twice in 1972 and in 2010).

Pineda is the first Yankee pitcher to lose a game despite at least seven innings pitched, no earned runs and three-or-fewer baserunners allowed since George Pipgras on August 2, 1931 in a 1-0 loss at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. Before Pineda, no Yankee pitcher had suffered a defeat like that at Yankee Stadium (old or new).

Pineda has now allowed no more than two runs in each of his nine starts this season, which matches Art Ditmar (1959) for the longest such streak at any point in a season by a Yankee pitcher over the last 100 years.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 29-31 (Blue Jays)

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury swung hot bats against the Blue Jays (Photo: AP/Nathan Denette)

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury swung hot bats against the Blue Jays
(Photo: AP/Nathan Denette)


More Buehrle, please
The Yankees beat up on their good friend Mark Buehrle on Friday night in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Buehrle is now 1-13 in 20 career starts vs the Yankees, is winless in his last 16 starts against them and has lost his last 11 decisions vs the franchise. Here’s what that means:

• Buehrle’s 1-13 record vs Yankees is the worst among any pitcher that has at least 20 starts vs Yankees in last 100 years
• His 11 straight decisions lost matches the longest losing streak by a left-handed pitcher vs the Yankees in the last 100 years
• Buehrle’s 16-start winless streak is the second-longest streak against the Yankees in last 100 years, behind only Slim Hariss (19 straight from 1920-25)

Jacoby Ellsbury had another strong offensive game, becoming the first Yankee leadoff batter ever with a triple and a homer in a game at Toronto (Brett Gardner would later match his feat in the series finale).…

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Yankeemetrics: August 25-28 (Royals, Tigers)

The Yankees had a lot to celebrate in Wednesday's win. (Photo: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

The Yankees had a lot to celebrate in Wednesday’s win. (Photo: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Big Game Mike
The Yankees started off their seven-game road trip with an impressive 8-1 win in Kansas City, a game that was a makeup from a rainout in June. Michael Pineda had yet another brilliant outing, allowing just one run on five hits in his third start since coming off the DL.

He is the third American League pitcher in the last 100 years to allow two runs or fewer and five hits or fewer in each of his first seven starts of the season. The others are White Sox pitcher Cisco Carlos in 1967 and Angels pitcher Jered Weaver in 2006.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, including the 1,000th hit of his career, earning our obscure Yankeemetric of the Week:

He is the 11th major-league player from Oregon with at least 1,000 career hits, but just the second one of those to reach the milestone in a Yankee uniform.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 22-24 (White Sox)

Brian McCann gets a Gatorade shower after his walk-off homer on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

Brian McCann gets a Gatorade shower after his walk-off homer on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

The Prado of the Yankees
Martin Prado earned his pinstripes on Friday night with a two-out, bases-loaded game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 4-3 win in the series opener against the White Sox.

It was the Yankees first walk-off win against the White Sox that didn’t go to extra innings since September 22, 1999.

Prado is first Yankee with a bases loaded walk-off hit against the White Sox since Ken Griffey in 1984.

Prado’s clutch hit came on a 3-2 pitch, giving the Yankees their first RBI in a 3-2, two-out, bases loaded situation since Bernie Williams walked with the bags full in a 3-2 win against the Mariners on May 2, 1993.

Jacoby Ellsbury had his 25th double of the season, becoming the fourth Yankee center fielder with at least 25 doubles and 30 stolen bases in a season.…

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