Yankeemetrics: August 15-17 (Rays)

Derek Jeter had the game-winning hit on Saturday. (Photo: Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Derek Jeter had the game-winning hit on Saturday. (Photo: Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Yankees got Cobb-ered
There are not many things you can predict about baseball except this one: You can’t win if you don’t score any runs. The Yankees proved that statement to be true in a 5-0 loss to the Rays on Friday night.

It was their fifth straight loss in the season series against Tampa Bay, their longest single-season losing streak vs the Rays in franchise history.

It was also their fifth straight loss overall, with a total of just seven runs scored in the five losses. The last time they had a five-game stretch with five losses and no more than seven total runs was in May 1995.

Derek Jeter had two hits for his 1,007th career multi-hit game, breaking a tie with the Braves’ Hank Aaron for the third-most multi-hit games with one team. The only players with more are the Cardinals’ Stan Musial (1,059) and the Tigers’ Ty Cobb (1,211), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 11-13 (Orioles)

Michael Pineda pitched well in his first start since April 23, but the Yankees still lost. (Photo: New York Daily News)

Michael Pineda pitched well in his first start since April 23, but the Yankees still lost. (Photo: New York Daily News)

Nightmare in Charm City, Part I
A 3-1 lead is never safe, especially when you are facing the team that leads the majors in home runs and your team leads the league in home runs allowed. That’s the lesson learned after Monday’s 11-3 loss to the Orioles.

Brett Gardner had his usual hot start, hitting a triple in his first at-bat. That was his third triple leading off a game this season, becoming the first Yankee to do that in a single season since Roy White in 1974.

The Yankees scored two runs in the second inning on an error-filled play that simply has to be watched, or heard, to appreciate it. The Orioles ended up committing three errors in the game, which normally would mean a win for the Yankees – except this is not a normal season.

The only other game the Yankees have lost in Baltimore when the Orioles made at least three errors came more than 50 years ago on September 21, 1961.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 8-10 (Indians)

Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list on Saturday. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list on Saturday. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Grand Beltran
The Yankees opened their weekend series against the Indians with a 10-6 win on Friday night. Carlos Beltran drove in half of the Yankee runs with an RBI single and a grand slam.

It was his 11th career grand slam and first since 2012. The only switch-hitter in major-league history with more grand slams than Beltran is Eddie Murray (19).

Beltran, who hit five of those with the Mets, became the third player to hit a four-run homer with the Mets and Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined Darryl Strawberry and Robin Ventura in this exclusive club.

He also recorded his 15th career game with five or more RBIs, tying Eddie Murray and Lance Berkman for the fourth-most such games among MLB switch hitters.

Dellin Betances pitched the ninth inning, striking out two of the five batters he faced.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 4-7 (Tigers)

The Yankees are 5-0 with Brandon McCarthy on the mound this season. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Yankees are 5-0 with Brandon McCarthy on the mound this season. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

One down, two to go
The Yankees faced the first of three straight Cy Young winners on Monday night vs the Tigers and somehow emerged with a 2-1 win against the reigning winner Max Scherzer in the series opener.

Brett Gardner entered the game 0-for-14 in his career vs Scherzer, but that didn’t faze the red-hot Gardner, who got two hits in three at-bats against Scherzer and scored the game-winning run.

Brandon McCarthy went 5 2/3 innings and allowing only one run (unearned), improving to 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts since joining the team in mid-July. He now has more wins in those five starts as a Yankee than he did in his 18 starts with the Diamondbacks earlier this season.

Prior to McCarthy, the last Yankee to go at least five innings in each of his first five starts in pinstripes – with the team winning each game – was Joe Cowley (10 straight) in 1984.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 1-3 (Red Sox)

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Jeter conquers the Green Monster
New faces, new places, same result for the Yankees in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night.

The Yankees traded for Martin Prado and Stephen Drew just before the deadline on Thursday, but neither could replicate Chase Headley‘s heroics from last week as they went a combined 0-for-6.

Derek Jeter hit a solo homer to left field in the eighth inning, becoming the first Yankee age 40 or older to homer at Fenway Park since Enos Slaughter in 1959. That was Jeter’s first home run over the Green Monster since he hit one off Curt Schilling on Sept., 16, 2007.

Red Sox rookie Anthony Ranaudo – pitching in his first major-league game – allowed two runs over six innings. He is the first Red Sox pitcher to make his MLB debut vs the Yankees and get the win since Vaughn Eshelman in 1995, and first to do it at Fenway Park since Mike Garman in 1969.…

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Yankeemetrics: July 21-24 (Rangers)

Chase Headley celebrates his game-winning hit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Chase Headley celebrates his game-winning hit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Comedy of Errors
The Yankees lost in embarrassing fashion on Monday, committing five errors en route to a 4-2 loss against the worst team in baseball, the Texas Rangers.

It was the first time they had at least five errors in a nine-inning game since August 20, 1998 at Minnesota, and the first time at home since October 1, 1989 vs the Tigers.

Shane Greene was responsible for three of the miscues, the first Yankee pitcher with at least three errors in a game since Tommy John on July 27, 1988.

Somehow Yankee pitchers were not charged with any unearned runs despite the five errors. This is the only time in the last 100 years that the Yankees made at least five errors without allowing an unearned run in a nine-inning game.  It has happened twice in extra-inning games in that span: on August 9, 2002 vs the A’s and August 18, 1927 vs the White Sox.…

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Yankeemetrics: June 20-22 (Orioles)

(Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

(Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

Beltran earns his pinstripes
Entering Friday night’s game against the Orioles, the Yankees were one of two teams (along with the Royals) that had yet to have its fans celebrate a walk-off win this season.

Carlos Beltran removed the Yankees from that list with one swing of the bat, hitting a three-run walk-off home run to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his sixth career walk-off homer and first since 2008 with the Mets. The last Yankee before Beltran to hit a walk-off homer against the Orioles was Nick Swisher in 2010.

Beltran is just the second player to hit a walk-off homer with the Mets and the Yankees, according to friend of IIATMS and ESPN New York writer Mark Simon. The only other player to do it was Darryl Strawberry, who hit three with the Mets and one with the Yankees.

Beltran also joined an exclusive list with his dramatic blast, becoming just the second Yankee designated hitter to hit a two-out, walk-off home run with his team trailing.…

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Yankeemetrics: June 13-15 (Athletics)

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Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America

Phelps is Phenomenal
The Yankees 7-0 win on Friday in the opener of the series was meaningful in many ways for the Yankees, who won in Oakland for the first time since May 27, 2012. That snapped a seven-game road losing streak vs the A’s, which was the Yankees second-longest such streak since the A’s moved to the west coast in 1968.

It also was the first time the Yankees scored more than four runs against the A’s (regardless of location) since September 22, 2012. That snapped a 10-game streak of four or fewer runs vs the A’s, which was tied for their second-longest streak vs the Athletics franchise in last 100 years and the longest since 1989.

Staying with the theme of snapping streaks… the win was the first for the Yankees on the road in six games started by David Phelps this season. That five-game losing streak in his road starts to begin the season was the longest such streak since the team lost the first seven road starts by Scott Kamieniecki in 1992.…

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Yankeemetrics: June 6-8 (Royals)

The Chase is On
The Yankees started their 10-game road trip with a 4-2 win over the Royals, getting a timely hit from the struggling
Brian McCann and a strong outing from rookie Chase Whitley.

Whitley earned his first major-league win, allowing two runs in seven innings. Prior to this outing he had four no-decisions in four career starts, which made him the first Yankees pitcher to make a start in each of his first four major-league games and record a no-decision in each of them, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Two key stats have made Whitley successful so far in his rookie campaign: zero home runs allowed and just three walks in 26 innings.

He is one of two Yankees in the last 30 years to not allow a homer in each of his first five major-league starts. The other is Chien-Ming Wang, who also started his career with five homer-free starts in 2005.

Whitley is one of 37 Yankees in the last 100 years to make a start in each of his first five career games.…

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