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.… Click here to read the rest

Yankeemetrics: June 3-5 (Athletics)

Three times is not a charm
The Yankees hit the trifecta in Tuesday’s loss to the A’s, losing their third straight game against their third different opponent in as many days (Twins, Mariners).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time they had lost three straight games to three different opponents on consecutive days since 1990, and the first time they did all that at home since September 1915!

Mark Teixeira drove in both of the Yankees runs with a first-inning single and a sixth-inning homer. The longball was the 351st of his career, tying Dick Allen for 89th on all-time list. It also moved him past Chili Davis and into sole possession of sixth place among switch hitters.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched his best game of the season, allowing just one run on two hits. It was his second straight start against Oakland giving up two hits or fewer, becoming only the second Yankee in the last 100 years with a streak like that against the A’s.… Click here to read the rest