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.…