Hiroki Kuroda has a 1.13 ERA since the start of July, the lowest ERA in the majors.The Los Angeles Angels will open a four-game series in the Bronx tonight as they take on the New York Yankees on "Monday Night Baseball" (7 ET on ESPN/WatchESPN). Here's a look at some of the stats our broadcast crew will be talking about during the game.
1. The Yankees have been on a terrible slide since the All-Star break, going 8-13, the fourth-worst record in baseball. New York is looking to win consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight a month ago (July 10-12).
Before taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, the team had not won a series since July 5-7.
Yankees Offense This Season
2. The Yankees are having an offensive season for the ages -- and not in a good way. The franchise hasn’t produced this poorly since 1990.
Since Babe Ruth became a Yankee in 1920, the team has ranked last or second-to-last in slugging just once (1967). The Yankees are currently 29th in MLB in slugging, ahead of only the Miami Marlins.
3. A good sign for New York: Hiroki Kuroda makes his first start at home since July 12 (last four starts have come on the road). He owns the AL’s best home ERA at 1.74 and is 6-2 in 10 starts in the Bronx. He hasn’t allowed a run in his past 13⅔ innings at home.
Kuroda allowed three earned runs in his last start against the Chicago White Sox. He has made six starts this season immediately following an outing in which he gave up at least three earned runs, going 2-1 with a 1.22 ERA in those appearances.
4. Mike Trout has been on an unreal tear at the plate since facing the Yankees earlier this season. That series started June 14 and since then, he has batted .379, with a .502 OBP and .605 slugging percentage, good for a 1.107 OPS in those 49 games. He has reached base by hit or walk in 33 straight games, the longest active streak in MLB.
Josh Hamilton MLB Ranks
Since June 1, 2012
5. After joining the Angels on a lucrative five-year contract this offseason, Josh Hamilton has been a shell of his former self, but his drop-off actually began last year.
He has batted .232 with a .299 OBP in 210 games since June 1, 2012 (he has made over 890 plate appearances over this span).
Odds and Ends
• Alex Rodriguez has hit 70 career homers against the Angels, his most against any team. After hitting a home run yesterday, Rodriguez is looking to homer in back-to-back games for the first time since last September.
• Josh Hamilton has hit just .175 with runners in scoring position this season. Last year he hit .296.
• The Angels are 6-17 in their past 23 games in the Bronx (including playoffs) and 6-15 in the regular season all time at the new Yankee Stadium.