A few notes, nuggets and anecdotes to tell the statistical story of Saturday’s Yankees 7-3 win over the Mets.
Play of the Game
The importance of Curtis Granderson’s home run was magnified by the count it came on, 0-2. It was Granderson’s third career home run on an 0-2 count. It was also the first home run of the six that Chris Capuano has given up on an 0-2 count to come against a left-handed hitter.
Of Granderson’s 28 career home runs against lefties, nearly half (12) have come with two strikes, including eight with a 3-2 count (cap-tip to Baseball-Reference.com).
Cheap Home Runs?
At first thought, you might have thought that the two home runs that the Yankees hit in the fifth inning against Capuano were balls that only would have gone out of that ballpark. That’s actually not the case.
The Stats & Info Home Run Tracker team calculated (based on the apex of the fly ball, where the home run landed, and other conditions), that in addition to Yankee Stadium, Granderson’s home run would have also been a home run at four other parks -- Minute Maid Park (Houston), Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati), Safeco Field (Seattle) and Progressive Field (Cleveland).
Alex Rodriguez’s homer actually would have gone out in 26 out of 30 ballparks because it was a little bit more to left center than straight left, even though it barely made it over the fence.
No Walks, But No Wins
Mets pitchers did not walk a batter. It marked only the third time that Mets pitchers went through a game with the Yankees without issuing a walk, the first since 2008. They’ve won one and lost two, but in those other two, they’d only allowed a total of five runs.
Saturday, they yielded seven, the most runs allowed by the Mets in a walk-free game since June 15, 2008 in an 8-7 loss to the Rangers. The Yankees last scored seven or more in a walk-free game on August 23, 2009 against the Red Sox.
The Yankees have actually won 13 of their last 15 walk-free games, indicative of a team that has many ways to win.
Robertson Strikes Again
Bases-loaded specialist David Robertson was awesome again in a different sort of spot, getting two huge outs with runners on the corners in the seventh inning. The strikeout of Carlos Beltran was particularly significant.
Robertson has not given up a base hit with a runner on third base and less than two outs in a while. Of the last 13 hitters he’s faced in such situations, he’s gotten 10 outs (including two sacrifice flies and a run-producing ground out) and issued three walks (all with at least one base free), but yielded no hits.
When the series finale (again, for a series of three games or longer) is held in the Bronx, the Yankees are 10-1, and have won the last nine (cap-tip to ex-ESPN researcher Mark Kelly for the correction here). The lone Mets win was in 1999.