Yankeemetrics: Captain Clutch edition

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).

It was also his third walk-off hit in September, matching Don Mattingly, Yogi Berra and Elston Howard for the most September walk-off hits by a Yankee in the last 75 seasons.

Jeter finished his home career as the Yankees all-time leader at home in hits, doubles, runs scored and steals. We'll miss you, Jeets.

...and now for the rest of the series

(Almost) Perfect Pineda The Yankees opened the final series at Yankee Stadium of Derek Jeter's career with a 5-0 win against the Orioles on Monday night. Michael Pineda pitched a gem, allowing just two baserunners (one hit, one walk) in 7 1/3 scoreless innings. He became the first Yankee with at least eight strikeouts and two or fewer baserunners allowed at Yankee Stadium since David Cone's perfect game in 1999.

The Yankees held the Orioles to one hit in a game for the first time since April 26, 1958 at Baltimore, and the first time in a game at Yankee Stadium since Sept. 2, 1942.

Jose Pirela had a historic debut, going 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. He etched his name in the record books even before taking a swing as the franchise-record 57th player used by the Yankees this season.

With a triple and a single in the third and fifth inning, he became the first Yankee to get a hit in each of his first two at-bats in his MLB debut since Mike Pagliarulo in 1984. He is also the first Yankee to triple in his first career MLB game since Steve Balboni in 1981.

And then there was one Brandon McCarthy picked the wrong time to have his worst start in pinstripes. McCarthy allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday in the Yankees 5-4 loss, which left them with a tragic number of one with less than a week remaining in the season.

The Yankees were lucky to lose this game by only a run, as the Orioles piled up 17 hits but scored just five times. It was the first time they allowed that many hits and gave up that few runs in a nine-inning game since Sept. 20, 1925 against the St. Louis Browns.

Brian McCann's two-run homer in the seventh inning was his 23rd of the season and 19th at home. He is the first Yankee catcher with at least 19 homers at Yankee Stadium in a season since Yogi Berra also had 19 in 1956.

That's all folks The Yankees were officially eliminated from the postseason race with another loss to the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon. This is the first time the Yankees will miss the playoffs in consecutive season since doing so 12 years in a row from 1982-93.

The O's battered the Yankees pitching once again, knocking out 15 hits and scoring runs. It is the first time the Yankees have allowed at least 15 hits in back-to-back games vs the Orioles since 1962 and the first time doing so at home since 1932.