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Archive for April 26th, 2011

vs. Gavin Floyd PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 16 0.214 0.200 0.214 0 1
Curtis Granderson CF 34 0.276 0.382 0.448 1 2
Mark Teixeira 1B 7 0.167 0.143 0.167 0 1
Alex Rodriguez DH 8 0.125 0.125 0.125 0 0
Robinson Cano 2B 13 0.077 0.077 0.154 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 6 0.167 0.167 0.167 0 0
Eric Chavez 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 6 0.600 0.667 0.800 0 1
Gustavo Molina C 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 90 0.222 0.283 0.309 1 5
             
vs. Ivan Nova PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Juan Pierre LF 3 0.333 0.333 0.333 0 1
Alexei Ramirez SS 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Carlos Quentin RF 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Paul Konerko 1B 3 0.500 0.667 0.500 0 0
Adam Dunn DH 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Alex Rios CF 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
A.J. Pierzynski C 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 0 0
Gordon Beckham 2B 2 1.000 1.000 1.500 0 0
Brent Morel 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 15 0.357 0.400 0.429 3 14

 

Yankees vs. White Sox    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
CHI: 1-0 NYY: 4-2 NYY: 4-3 NYY: 1047-826
       
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Yankees 7-3 8-4 9-5
  Last 10 Away vs. RHP
White Sox 2-8 5-8 7-11

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ record setting 61 homeruns in 1961, The Captain’s Blog will be tracking his pursuit of Babe Ruth by listing each home run in the sidebar on the anniversary of the day on which it was hit. Details about each blast will be provided along with a running tally and a comparison to both Ruth and Mickey Mantle.

Commissioner Ford C. Frick presided over an era of expansion in major league baseball, but his career is often defined by an asterisk.

Long before Roger Maris took his first at bat in 1961, the baseball world was obsessed with Babe Ruth’s single season homerun record. Although no one had really challenged the mark since Hank Greenberg hit 58 long balls in 1938, everyone was talking about the possibility that the upcoming season would bring with it a new single season home run champion.

The impetus for the great debate was the American League’s decision to increase its schedule to 162 games (the National League would follow suit in 1962). The added games were needed to facilitate the league’s expansion to 10 teams, but that didn’t stop many in and around the game from fretting about the impact more contests would have on the record book.

There can be little doubt that with 388 games tagged onto the major league schedules each year due to the expansion, many records will be toppling faster than managerial jobs.” – UPI, October 27, 1960

Although concern was expressed about all of baseball’s individual and team records, only one was really on most people’s mind: the 60 homers belted by the Babe in 1927. Ironically, however, the general consensus among the informed was that although other marks might fall, Ruth’s home run record would persevere.

Everyone worries most about Ruth’s record of 60 in 1927, but adding eight games to the schedule wouldn’t threaten that mark, according to the recent trend.”Seymour Siwoff, Elias Baseball Bureau, quoted by UPI, January 21, 1961

Even Commissioner Ford C. Frick directly addressed the prospect of Ruth’s record falling as a result of the expanded schedule. “My opinion on that is almost a conviction,” Frick told Arthur Daley of the New York Times. “I don’t think the Babe’s record is vulnerable.”

At the time, Frick did hedge his bet by stating that he might decide to use a separate category to list records set during the extra eight games, but no definitive ruling was established at the time. After all, Frick didn’t expect there to be an issue. Before too long, however, Maris would throw the controversy right back into his lap.

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Last night the Yankees were shut down, and nearly no hit, by former Mets’ prospect Philip Humber. Because it was the first time the Bronx Bombers faced the 28-year old right hander, the unexpected domination inspired the usual lament about the Yankees being unable to handle pitchers whom they’ve never seen before.

Last August, after Bryan Bullington and Max Scherzer shutdown the Yankees on consecutive days, I did some investigating into this widely perceived notion and discovered that it was, in fact, a myth. Judging by the reaction to Humber’s gem, however, it seems as if word hasn’t yet gotten around. So, provided below is updated data to help quell the latest round of misinformation.

Record of Pitchers Facing the Yankees for the First Time*

Span
W L IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Avg GSc
2011 1 0 7 1 0 0 2 5 0 0.00 78
2010 7 4 62 /23 44 23 23 17 41 4 3.30 56.7
2008-2010 31 39 377 1/3 377 201 188 151 235 44 4.48 48.3
2000-2010 94 141 1251 2/3 1392 800 747 563 833 194 5.37 44.9

*Based on first appearance against the Yankees within the first 60 starts of a pitcher’s career. Pitchers facing the Yankees for the first time after 60 career starts were not included in this analysis.
Source: Baseball-reference.com

Best and Worst Games By Pitchers Facing the Yankees for the First Time 

Pitcher Date Team GSc
Billy Traber 7/8/2003 CLE 90
Jon Lester 7/3/2008 BOS 83
Bryan Bullington 8/15/2010 KCR 82
4/25/2011 CHW 78
Blake Stein 8/2/2000 KCR 73
       
Pitcher Date Team GSc
Mark Mulder 8/10/2000 OAK -4
Doug Davis 8/15/2000 TEX 9
Nick Bierbrodt 8/8/2001 TBD 9
Mark Hendrickson 4/2/2003 TOR 9
Alay Soler 7/2/2006 NYM 9

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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