Friday Afternoon Open Thread: Ain’t That Peculiar?

One of my favorite things to do is to look at old boxscores on Baseball Reference to see what happened on specific dates. A lot of times I’ll go way back and look at games from the 40′s and 50′s but today I thought I’d look back at June 27 to see what happened 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

It just so happens that 20 years ago today, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-1 up in Fenway and as the late, great Mel Allen would say, “How about that?” I thought it was a cool coincidence and that it would definitely help with the discussion in this afternoon’s open thread. So I went back even further and took a look at 1984, 1974 and 1964. I looked in that order and was typing out some information about the games until I got to 1964 which is when I discovered something very peculiar and actually pretty wonderful.

On June 27, 1964, Yogi Berra was manager when the Yankees beat the Tigers 5-4 at the Stadium.…

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Can Tanaka match Guidry’s 1978 season?

Masahiro Tanaka's first 15 starts are comparable to Ron Guidry's in 1978.

Masahiro Tanaka’s first 15 starts are comparable to Ron Guidry’s in 1978.

Only two Yankees in the last 100 years have started a season with 15 straight quality starts: Masahiro Tanaka and Ron Guidry in 1978.

Guidry’s first 15 starts that year foreshadowed what would become one of the great pitching seasons in franchise history, culminating in a well-deserved Cy Young Award.

While it’s still early to predict the Cy Young race this season, there is no doubt that Tanaka is one of the favorites. How do his first 15 starts compare to Guidry’s in 1978?

Tanaka vs the Gator
Although a quality start can hardly be considered a dominant outing (with a single-game ERA of 4.50), both Tanaka and Guidry pitched far above the quality-start threshold during their streaks.

As you can see in the table below, Guidry’s first 15 starts were more dominant than Tanaka’s in terms of run prevention and length. He pitched 13⅓ more innings, had three times as many complete games and allowed five fewer runs than Tanaka.…

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This weekend: The rivalry continues!

The Yankees and Red Sox are playing a three-game set at the Stadium this weekend and I thought it would be fun to take a brief look back at a game from four years ago that, of course, ended with the boys in pinstripes triumphantly celebrating a victory in dramatic fashion.

The night was May 17, 2010 and it was your typical New York-Boston game. It was one of those back and forth contests where the Yankees started off the game by scoring five runs off Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox slowly clawed back into the game against Phil Hughes. The Red Sox eventually took a 9-7 lead in the eighth inning against Chan Ho Park thanks to back-to-back home runs by Victor Martinez and Kevin Youkilis.

With the Yankees still down 9-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the stage was set for a comeback.

Boston’s closer Jonathan Papelbon came in to relieve Daniel Bard and finish the game.…

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Prospect Stock Watch: June 2014

Luis Severino

Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com

There’s still a few days left in June, but everybody’s level of success for the month has already been decided.  The midway point of the season has been reached, All Star Games have been played, and a lot of midseason moves have been made, both up and down the ladder.  While the success of the Yankee farm system as a whole continues to be up for debate and interpretation, there’s no doubt who the biggest individual stars of this season have been.  Some names will be popping up on this report for the second time this year, the names that have now separated themselves as the head of the 2014 prospect class.  Here are the biggest prospect stock movers for June:

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Stock Up- Rob Refsnyder

He was in this position last month for Double-A Trenton and now he’s in it again after less than a month at SWB.  That pretty much tells Refsnyder’s story this year.  …

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Off Day Open Thread: Happy Birthday, Derek Jeter!

As you all know it’s Derek Jeter‘s 40th birthday and I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane today and to revisit some of the key moments in his illustrious, Hall of Fame career.

His firsts

Hit:

RBI:

Yankee Stadium hit:

Home run:

First walk-off hit, which makes me miss when they used to play ‘Shout’ at the Stadium:

First of many playoff hits:

First (and so far only) grand slam:

Passing people

Jeter passes Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ All-Time hit list:

He passes Mickey Mantle on the all-time All Star hit list:

He passes Willie Mays on the MLB All-Time hit list:

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Jeter’s place in history on his 40th birthday

(Getty Images/SI)

Jeter hasn’t aged at all since being drafted by the Yankees in 1992.(Getty Images/SI)

Derek Jeter reached another milestone today, but this one has nothing to do with any baseball stat. He reached his 40th birthday, and as he told Mark Feisand of the New York Daily News, it means nothing to him:

“A lot of people always dread turning 30, 40, 50, 60; for me, it doesn’t make a difference. I go by how I feel. Age is just something I’ve never stressed.”

Despite the indifference about his age, turning 40 does mean something in the annals of major-league baseball history. Let’s take a stat-based look at what Jeter has accomplished thus far and what it means for him to be in the lineup nearly every day as a 40-year-old shortstop.

In the company of one
Jeter passed the 3,000-hit mark (in dramatic fashion) nearly three years ago and currently sits in eighth place on the all-time list behind Carl Yastrzemski.…

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Yankeemetrics: June 23-25 (Blue Jays)

David Robertson saved the Yankees win on Wednesday to avoid the three-game sweep.

David Robertson saved the Yankees 5-3 win on Wednesday to avoid the three-game sweep.

Oh, Canada
We’re not in the Bronx anymore. The Yankees have won 16 in a row at home vs the Blue Jays but it’s a different story when they play in Canada.

On Monday night the Yankees started their three-game series north of the border with an 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays. The game was a disaster from the beginning, as Chase Whitley gave up eight runs on 11 hits and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Whitley became just the fourth Yankee starter in the last 100 years to allow at least eight earned runs and 11 hits in fewer than four innings pitched. The last Yankee to do that was Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez in 1998 against the Angels.

On the other side of the dugout, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was fantastic, holding the Yankees to only three hits and one run in eight innings.…

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Game 77: More of Good Hiroki, Please

Just for fun, take a look at last year’s Game 77 lineup. For those of you that are disinclined to make an extra click or two, you are missing out on the wonders of Alberto Gonzalez, Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix, Lyle Overbay, and the festering remains of Travis Hafner. There are some holdovers, to be sure, and Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson sure don’t feel much better than some of those guys … but tonight’s lineup has the look of something more potent, at the very least.

And then, while you wait (and if you still have clicks to spare), read Katie’s piece on Kuroda’s impressive month of June … and hope that he ends the month with style.

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, LF Jose Reyes, SS
Derek Jeter, SS Melky Cabrera, LF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Lind, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Carlos Beltran, DH Dioner Navarro, C
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Juan Francisco, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B Colby Rasmus, CF
Kelly Johnson, 3B Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
Francisco Cervelli, C Anthony Gose, RF
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Drew Hutchison, SP
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