Derek Jeter has 24 career hits on July 4, most among active players.The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins play the second game of their four-game series this afternoon (3 ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN). We take a look at some of the things the broadcast crew will talk about.
The Shift Report
New York has shifted 503 times so far this season, trailing only the Houston Astros, who have shifted 764 times.
Yankees Team Shifts
By Season Since 2010
Last season, the Yankees shifted a total of 475 times. In fact, since 2010, the Yankees have increased their use of the shift.
As for Minnesota, it has used the shift 202 times this season. While that’s near the middle of the pack (16th overall), it’s already more shifts than they had in the last four seasons combined (189).
The Twins are the second team that Chase Whitley will face for the second time this season.
When he faced the Toronto Blue Jays for a second time (June 23), he allowed 8 runs in 3⅓ innings.
By Times Facing Opponent
Whitley has thrown five or fewer innings in seven of his nine starts this season.
For Minnesota, Kyle Gibson will take the mound at Target Field, a place he has enjoyed pitching. This season, Gibson is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA at home, compared to 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA on the road.
Among qualified starters this season, Gibson’s home ERA is the second-lowest in the majors, trailing only Julio Teheran (1.22).
Gibson has been able to get opposing hitters to chase nearly a third of the pitches he throws outside the strike zone.
That’s fourth best among qualified starters in the American League.
• Derek Jeter is 24-for-69 (.348) in his career on July 4. That’s the most Independence Day hits by any active player.
• Brian Dozier has 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases in the Twins first 84 games, putting him just off pace for a 30-30 season. He’s the only player in the majors to reach 15-15 so far this season. No Twins player has ever recorded a 30-30 season.