Just spent some time updating my stats book and jotting down some notes for the Royals series. Thanks to the blog, figured I’d throw a few your way:
Nobody Beats The Viz: Luis Vizcaino has allowed 3 ER and 25 H in his last 26.1 IP while striking out 24.
Everybody Used to Beat The Viz: Vizcaino allowed 21 ER and 24 H in his first 24.2 IP of the season while striking out only 12.
Godzilla Time: Hideki Matsui has nine homers in the last 17 games. He is 7 of his last 14 with three homers and 7 RBI.
One-Batter Specialist No More: Mike Myers has pitched 36 innings this season. He pitched 30.2 last season and 37.3 in 2005.
Securing His Job: Andy Phillips is 12 of 36 with 10 RBI in the last nine games.
On Second Thought, Don’t Trade Him: Robinson Cano is 11 of his last 19 with 6 RBI and 6 runs scored.
Too Little, Too Late: Wil Nieves was 4 of 11 with four doubles and four RBI in his last four games.
Sign of Life: Johnny Damon is 3 of his last 7 with three doubles and five RBI and a stolen base.
Year Too Late: Octavio Dotel owes the Yankees a favor. They signed him last season hoping he would recover from Tommy John surgery in time to contribute over the summer. He never did, getting roughed up in 14 appearances. For this he was paid $2.2 million.
Now Dotel is pitching well for Kansas City (20 IP, 20 H, 24 K, 8 BB) and is a hot property on the trade market. It’s unlikely the Yankees would give up enough to get him back.
Little-Known Shelley Duncan Fact: His actual name is David Shelley Duncan as he is named after his father, the St. Louis pitching coach. Shelley is 4 of 12 with 3 homers, 7 RBI and 3 curtain calls in the majors so far.
That’s The Mo We Know: Mariano Rivera has allowed one earned run in his last 14.2 innings with 0 walks and 14 strikeouts.
His Value Can’t Fall If He Doesn’t Pitch: Kyle Farnsworth has pitched once since July 16.
The Father and Child Reunion: Kansas City SS Tony Pena is the son of the Yankees first base coach.
And There Are 63 Games Left: Alex Rodriguez has 34 homers and 99 RBI. He had 35 homers and 121 RBI last season.
Mr. Consistent: Derek Jeter has hit safely in 82 of the 96 games in which he has had an at-bat this season. The record for most games hitting safely in one season is 135, held by several players including Jeter.
That’s A Good Week For Some Teams: The Yankees were 45 hits with 38 runs scored and 10 home runs in the final two games against Tampa Bay. They were an insane 23 of 40 with runners in scoring position.
Good News (and Bad): The AL East-leading Red Sox play four games at the wildcard-leading Indians starting Monday. So the Yankees are guaranteed to gain ground on somebody if they win – and guaranteed to lose ground if they lose.