Our weekly review of the good, the bad and the odd in Yankeeland
MORE MILESTONES FOR THE CAPTAIN
Derek Jeter’s quest for 3,000 hits was stalled due to a rainout on Friday. But he wasted no time reaching the mark during Saturday afternoon’s 5-4 victory over the Rays, with an improbable 5-for-5 performance, including a game-tying home run for the milestone hit.
The Captain In Photos
With Derek Jeter notching his 3,000th hit, let's look back at his greatest moments in pinstripes. Photo gallery
Jeter’s feat and magical day at the plate has been chronicled numerous times over the past week, but here are a few other things you may not have known about his day in the spotlight:
Jeter not only had one of his best games in pinstripes, but it was also one of the top all-around games, combining power, speed and hitting, by a Yankee in recent years. A search of the Play Index at Baseball-Reference.com gives us this note:
Jeter’s 5-for-5 night, which included a double, a homer and a stolen base, made him the third Yankee since the end of WWII to have a game with at least five hits and no outs, along with two extra-base hits and a stolen base. Rickey Henderson in 1988 and Steve Sax in 1989 are the others.
The game was Jeter’s 38th with at least four hits, moving past Earle Combs into second place on the list of most four-hit games by a Yankee in the last 90 seasons.
Most 3-Hit Games
Yankees Since 1920
It was also Jeter’s 255th game with at least three hits, which moved him ahead of Lou Gehrig for the most three-hit games by a Yankee in the last 90 seasons.
SABATHIA GEM-TASTIC AGAIN
The Yankees finished off the rain-shortened series against the Rays with a 1-0 win on Sunday, as CC Sabathia threw his first shutout in more than two years and the first by a Yankee left-hander at home since David Wells in 2003.
The performance was yet another in a string of gems by Sabathia, who extended his scoreless streak to 23⅔ innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the longest by a Yankee starting pitcher since Tom Underwood had a 24⅔ innings scoreless streak in May 1980.
The game was also his third straight start of at least seven innings, no runs allowed and nine-or-more strikeouts. While four other Yankees have had three starts in a row with at least seven scoreless innings pitched in the Live Ball Era (since 1920), Sabathia is the first one to also have at least nine strikeouts in each start.
Fellow ESPNNY.com blogger Mark Simon chimes in with two fantastic stats about this game, earning him our first Super Guest Yankeemetric of the Week Award:
It was the third time in the Live Ball Era in which the Yankees won a game 1-0 in which they did not record an RBI. The last instance was on May 24, 1968, a 13-inning win over the White Sox in which the game ended with the combination of an infield hit by Horace Clarke and an error by White Sox third baseman Sandy Alomar Sr.
The last time that there were two dueling complete games at Yankee Stadium, in which both pitchers allowed four hits or fewer was June 16, 1985. Bob Shirley beat Randy O'Neal and the Tigers, 2-1, as Shirley allowed four hits while O'Neal yielded three in the loss.
The Yankees had two lefty position players -- Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano -- start in the All-Star Game for the first time since 1997. That year, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill were the honorees, and just like Granderson and Cano on Tuesday night, they combined to go 0-for-4 at the plate.
David Robertson made Yankees fans proud with his one-inning, scoreless effort for the AL. He’s the first Yankees relief pitcher not named Mariano Rivera to pitch at least one inning and allow no runs in an All-Star Game since Goose Gossage in 1980.
GOOD, BAD, AND THE ODD OF THE FIRST HALF
As the Yankees begin the second half of the season, let’s take a look at a few of the statistical achievements of some individuals so far:
• CC Sabathia is the first Yankee to have at least 13 wins and a ERA below 3.00 before the break since Tommy John in 1979 (13-4, 2.59 ERA).
• Sabathia’s 126 strikeouts are the second-most in the first half by a Yankees left-hander since the end of WWII, trailing only Ron Guidry who had 127 in 1978.
• Curtis Granderson is the second Yankee over the last 60 seasons to have at least 20 homers, five triples and 10 doubles before the break, along with Mickey Mantle, who did it in 1955.
• Nick Swisher has eight sacrifice flies, the first Yankee to have that many before the break since Don Mattingly had 11 in 1985.
• Brett Gardner is the first Yankee to be caught stealing at least ten times before the break since Rickey Henderson in 1988. Henderson, however, had 42 steals to go along with the 10 times he was caught.
• A.J. Burnett has 13 wild pitches, which matches the most by a Yankee before the break since the end of WWII ... a mark that he set just two years ago.
• Burnett finished the first half with a .222 opponent batting average and a 4.15 ERA. His .222 batting average allowed is the lowest by a Yankees pitcher in the first half who also had an ERA over 4.00 since Dave Righetti in 1982, who had a .216 opponent average and a 4.23 ERA before the break.