Yankeemetrics: Sept. 5-7 (Royals)

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.

Martin our Hero The Yankees kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win a Saturday afternoon, thanks to the return of Martin Prado's scorching hot bat and a solid outing by Brandon McCarthy.

Prado went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in his first game since suffering a mild hamstring injury. He is the first Yankee second baseman with at least two doubles and two runs in a game at home vs the Royals. Two others have done it in Kansas City: Mike Gallego and Pat Kelly, both in 1993.

McCarthy allowed two runs over six-plus innings, improving to 5-1 with a 1.36 ERA in six home starts since joining the Yankees. He is the first pitcher over the last 100 years to allow two or fewer runs in each of the first six home starts of his Yankee career.

The Yankees were scheduled to face one of the American League's best pitchers, Danny Duffy, but Duffy was forced out of the game after throwing one pitch due to shoulder soreness. Duffy is the second starting pitcher in the last 100 years to leave the game before facing an official batter against the Yankees. The other was Red Sox pitcher Vicente Romo on September 13, 1969.

No offense, Yankees stink – Part II The Yankees decided to celebrate Derek Jeter day by.... getting shut out once again vs the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

This was the second time this series that the Yankees lost a game despite allowing no earned runs. Before this weekend, they had not done that since May 28, 1996 vs Angels, and had not done it at home since August 16, 1987 vs Indians.

The last time the Yankees lost two games in the same series without allowing an earned run in each game was July 16-17, 1917 against the Indians.

Prior to this series, the Yankees had never been shut out twice by the Royals in the same series at Yankee Stadium. They had done that once before in Kansas City on June 9 and 11, 1972.

Shane Greene was the hard-luck starter, allowing two unearned runs in five innings. This was the 55th game started by a Yankee rookie pitcher this season, breaking the franchise record of 54 that was set in 1986 and 1991.