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A major Boone to Yankees

The second-most famous Boone in Yankees history is making a statistical name for himself.

Lefty reliever Boone Logan, now more valuable with news coming down that Damaso Marte may not pitch again this season, has now made 22 straight appearances without allowing a run. He whiffed the two batters he faced in Wednesday's comeback win.

That scoreless streak, via calculations made on Baseball-Reference.com, is the third-longest streak of scoreless games by a Yankees pitcher in the Live-Ball Era (since 1920).

Now, the naysayer may note that since Logan is a LOOGY (slang for a lefty one-out specialist), and the scoreless streak only totals 14 2/3 innings, that weakens the impressiveness of that note.

Let's counter that with a couple of pieces of information.

For one, Logan has allowed only 13 of the 57 hitters he's faced in this stretch to reach base(a .228 opponents on-base percentage). He's got more strikeouts (17) than baserunners allowed.

Most Consecutive Scoreless Appearances

Yankees since 1920

For another, of those 22 outings, only three of them were of a negative statistical nature. What we mean by this is that based on available historical data, the Yankees "Win Probability" either stayed the same or improved 19 of the 22 times when Logan's work was concluded.

Yes, he's been imperfect this streak, technically speaking. Logan did allow two inherited baserunners to score against the White Sox on August 28. But those are the only two of the dozen he's inherited during this stretch that scored on his watch. For the season, he rates tied for third-best in the American League in limiting the scoring of inherited baserunners (22 inherited, three scored).

The biggest positive to come out of this stretch for Logan is that he's not walking hitters anywhere near as frequently as he was earlier this season. In his last 14 2/3 innings, Logan has issued just four walks. He was averaging 5.4 walks per nine innings prior to this streak.

Highest Miss Percentage

Breaking Pitches (minimum 100 thrown)

Key to that: The effectiveness of Logan's breaking ball, the one he used to strike Luke Scott out on Wednesday. Inside Edge, which tracks every pitch thrown, by type, has 20 of Logan's 30 strikeouts this season coming on breaking balls.

Of the 63 breaking pitches that Logan has gotten opponents to swing at, they've missed on 35 of them, including 3-of-3 Wednesday. That miss rate (55.6 percent) rates third-best in the majors.

That could emerge as a potential difference-maker for Logan and the Yankees as they come down the stretch and head towards the postseason.

It's unlikely that this Boone will supplant the other one (current Baseball Tonight analyst, Aaron) as the most well-known player of that name in Yankees history, but his role in getting the Yankees deep into October may turn out to be something nearly as valuable.