Archive for March 31st, 2011

vs. Justin Verlander PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Brett Gardner LF 7 0.400 0.500 0.400 0 0
Derek Jeter SS 26 0.364 0.462 0.409 0 0
Mark Teixeira 1B 20 0.059 0.200 0.059 0 0
Alex Rodriguez 3B 19 0.188 0.316 0.375 1 4
Robinson Cano 2B 22 0.190 0.227 0.238 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 48 0.186 0.271 0.442 3 7
Jorge Posada DH 20 0.333 0.500 0.467 0 3
Curtis Granderson CF 2 0.500 0.500 2.000 1 1
Russell Martin C 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 164 0.246 0.338 0.377 5 15
vs. CC Sabathia PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Austin Jackson CF 7 0.143 0.143 0.571 1 1
Will Rhymes 2B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Magglio Ordonez RF 72 0.266 0.333 0.516 3 17
Miguel Cabrera 1B 15 0.538 0.600 1.077 2 9
Victor Martinez DH 24 0.227 0.292 0.545 2 3
Ryan Raburn LF 18 0.176 0.222 0.294 0 3
Jhonny Peralta SS 15 0.083 0.267 0.167 0 0
Brandon Inge 3B 61 0.151 0.262 0.208 1 2
Alex Avila C 1 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0
Total 213 0.269 0.328 0.500 9 35


Yankees vs. Tigers    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
TIED: 0-0 TIED: 4-4 NYY: 5-1 NYY: 1039-923

Random Notes:

  • Magglio Ordonez’ 17 RBIs are tied for the most by any player versus C.C. Sabathia. Torii Hunter also has the same amount.
  • The Yankees are 2-3 in home openers against the Detroit Tigers.
  • Derek Jeter is making his 15th Opening Day start, tying Bill Dickey for second most in franchise history. Mickey Mantle is the leader with 18.
  • Jeter is also one hit behind Al Simmons for 35th place on the all-time list.
  • With a home run, Jorge Posada can join Babe Ruth with five on Opening Day, the most in franchise history.

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For a few years in the 1990s, Opening Day wasn’t exactly a time of new hope and great expectations for Yankees fans. Younger followers of the team probably can’t fathom the idea of a season beginning with the Yankees staring down the barrel of last place, but such was the case two decades ago.

Considering the team’s extended run of success, it’s easy to lose perspective, which for today’s Yankee fan means overlooking a potent offense, deep bullpen and rotation fronted by a genuine ace to instead fret about the fifth starter. However, 20 years ago, the team’s Opening Day pitcher was a fifth starter, and it only went down hill from there.

TYA has a nice breakdown of the Yankees’ last 20 opening day games. Included on the list is a three year period in which the Yankees trotted out the likes of Dave LaPoint, Tim Leary and Scott Sanderson for the first game of the season. Clearly, optimism is a relative term.

Thanks in large part to a new young manager named Buck Showalter, 1992 would be the last time the Yankees started a year without a reasonable expectation for success. This year, Showalter will try to work the same magic for the Baltimore Orioles, who have suffered through an extended period of futility that makes the Yankees’ previous drought seem like a small island in the ocean.

So, in case you’ve forgotten what it was like to get ready for a season of discontent, here’s a friendly reminder from Dewayne Staats.

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Opening Day is always a joyous occasion, but if Jorge Posada’s afternoon is tinged with a touch of remorse, it’ll be easy to understand. For the first time in 12 years, Posada will be watching the first pitch of the season from the dugout instead of catching it behind the plate.

With Posada’s string of consecutive Opening Day starts at the same position coming to an end at 11, Bill Dickey can now rest easy because the Hall of Fame catcher’s franchise record of 14 is safe for the foreseeable future. Posada’s installation as the DH also prevented the Yankees from fielding the exact same starting nine on consecutive Opening Days for the first time ever, dating back to 1919.

If not for a strained thigh muscle in 2001, Jeter would be making history with his 16th consecutive Opening Day start at the same position. Instead, he’ll have to settle for matching Dickey for the second most Opening Day starts with 15. If Jeter cracks the lineup in each season of his new deal, the Captain would match Mickey Mantle’s franchise record of 18. Whether he can do that playing short stop remains to be seen, but it’s worth noting that the Mick’s last two openers came at first base.

Listed below is an assortment of team and player Opening Day facts and figures to keep you busy until the start of this afternoon’s game.

Yankees Opening Day Starters, 1919-2010

Most Opening Day Starts   Most Common Opening Day Lineup
Players G   Po  Player G
Mickey Mantle 18   C Bill Dickey 15
Bill Dickey 15   1B Lou Gehrig 14
Lou Gehrig 14   2B Willie Randolph 13
Derek Jeter 14   SS Derek Jeter 14
Bernie Williams 14   3B Graig Nettles 11
Willie Randolph 13   LF Roy White 9
Babe Ruth 13   CF Mickey Mantle 13
Yogi Berra 12   RF Hank Bauer 8
Graig Nettles 11   SP Whitey Ford 7
Jorge Posada 11   SP Ron Guidry 7
Phil Rizzuto 11   SP Mel Stottlemyre 7

Source: Baseball-reference.com


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