Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Selected Notes From The Yankees' Front Office For Tanaka Wednesday At Fenway

Culled  from the team's official game notes and other sources and edited by Barry Millman.

Masahiro Tanaka has recorded  five straight quality starts, as well as in nine of his last 10 and 14 of his last 17 starts. His five-game quality start streak since August 4th is tied for the third-longest in the American League behind David Price and Dallas Keuchel, who have six each.

The Yankees have scored at least 13 runs in both of Tanaka's starts against Boston this season. Tanaka is 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA (11.0IP, 6ER) in those two starts and both were in the Bronx. In five career starts vs. Boston, he's 3-2 with a 4.66 ERA (29.0IP, 15ER, 7BB, 24K)  and 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA (9.0IP, 7ER, 2BB, 9K) in two starts at Fenway Park.

The Yankees are 16-7 in games started by opposing rookie pitchers this season and will face a rookie starter today in Henry Owens for the fourth time on this six-game road trip. In those 23 starts, rookie pitchers have posted a 6-10 record and 4.80 ERA (125.2IP, 67ER) while recording 107K with 56BB. Yankees batters have hit .265 (126-for-475) with 17HR against rookie starters. In Owens' August 4th major league debut in the Bronx, he gave up three runs in 5IP in a 13-3 Red Sox loss.

The Yankees have won their last five consecutive series at Fenway Park dating to the start of 201 and are 12-5 at Fenway since the start of the 2014 season.

Since July 1st, the Yankees lead the AL and rank second in the MLB with a 16-9 (.640) road record.

Second baseman Stephen Drew had his streak of consecutive hits (5) and consecutive times on base (7) snapped with a GIDP in the third inning Tuesday.In his last three games he is 6-for-8 with 4 runs, 1 double, 1HR, 6RBI and 2BB to raise his season BA from .192 to a season-high .205.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius had his career-long RBI streak snapped at five games on Tuesday. During the streak he batted .619 (13-for-21) with 4R, 1 double, 2HR, 11RBI, 1HP, 2BB and a .667 OBP. According to Elias, the only other shortstop in Yankees history with at least 13H and 11RBI in a five-game stretch was Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri, who had 16H and 12RBI from July 4th-9th 1927.

RHP Dellin Betances logged his 19th scoreless appearance of at least 1.1IP on Tuesday, tying him with Arizona’s Andrew Chafin for the most in MLB. No other pitchers have more than 15 such outings this season. Since the start of 2014, Betances (44) and RHP Adam Warren (33) rank first and second in MLB in scoreless appearances of 1.1IP  or longer.

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