Friday, September 18, 2015

A Dozen Fun Facts Every Yankees And Mets Fan Should Know About Tonight's Game

Compiled by Barry Millman

1] The Yankees are 17-7 in games started by opposing rookie pitchers this season. In those 24 starts, those rookie pitchers have posted a 6-11 record and 5.23 ERA (127.1IP, 74ER).

2] RHP Masahiro Tanaka is is 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA (28.1IP, 8ER) over his last four starts and 8-3 with a 3.01 ERA (83.2IP, 28ER) in his last 12 starts. 

 3] Tanaka pitched at least six innings over his last 13 consecutive starts. That's the fifth-longest active streak in MLB and tied for the fourth-longest streak by an AL pitcher this season. He's gone  8-3 with a 3.11 ERA (89.2IP, 31ER) with 11 quality starts during the streak.

4] His only  career start against the Mets on May 14, 2014 was a complete-game shutout  in a Yankees' 4-0 win (9.0IP, 4H, 0BB, 8K) making him and Andy Pettitte the only Yankees starters to throw a complete-game shutout against the Mets. Tanaka also recorded his first MLB base hit  in that game, stroking a two-out single off Jose Valverde in the ninth inning.

5] The Yankees are 10-6 at Citi Field since it opened and have won 4-of-6 series there.

6] The Yankees threw shutouts in both games at Citi Field in 2014 (May 14th and 15th) and carry an 18-inning scoreless streak into tonight’s game. They were the first visiting team to throw back-to-back shutouts at Citi Field and the first to blank the Mets at their home field in consecutive games since the Atlanta Braves did it in 1999 (July 2nd and 3rd). 

7] Yankee starters have allowed 1ER or fewer in five straight starts at Citi Field for a 0.54 ERA (33.1IP, 2ER)  and in 10 of 16 starts since the stadium opened in 2009 for an all-time ERA there of  2.09 ERA (99 IP, 23ER).

8] In interleague play this season, the Yankees lead all MLB clubs in OBP (.364) and OPS (.843) and rank second in batting (.290) and slugging (.480).

9] The Yankees 6.35 runs per game average in interleague play is nearly a full run ahead of the next best team in MLB  and is the highest scoring average in interleague play since the Angels' 6.56 runs per game in 2009.  

10] They are 10-3 in their last 13 road games and have won four consecutive road series for the first time since a four-series road streak in June of 2012. 

11] Over the last four games, Yankees starters are 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA (23.1IP, 3ER) and have struck out 24 against  just 3 walks. Their staff 2.42 BB/9  ratio is the lowest in the AL.

12] Yankees batters have homered in 11 straight games, and have slugged 35 three-run HRs and seven grand slams this season. Their 42 HRs with two or more runners on base  is the most by any MLB team in nine years.

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