Yankees by the numbers: 36 Facts, Enigmas, Trends, and Whatnot

4.50 Ivan Nova’s home ERA in his 146 innings in Yankee Stadium.

3.50 Ivan Nova’s road ERA, on the other hand, in 139 road innings over his career.

2 Solo home runs allowed by Ivan Nova in the first inning of Game 5 of the 2011 ALDS, a home start.

2 Number of runs the Yankees lost to the Tigers by in the aforementioned game.

1.88 How much lower Ivan Nova’s road ERA in 2012 than his home ERA. If Ivan Nova makes the Yankees’ playoff rotation, perhaps they should think carefully about starting him at home.


+120 Yankee Stadium Park Factor from 2009-2011, meaning that in those years, it “produced 109 runs for every 100 runs produced in the average park, and 132 HRs for every 100 homers”

2 Parks that have a higher Park Factor than Yankee Stadium (Coors Field and Rangers Ballpark)

9 Home runs allowed by Phil Hughes at Yankee Stadium in 2012

49.1% Phil Hughes’ fly-ball rate in 2012, which illustrates the toll the home park can take on a heavy-FB pitcher


.197 Andruw Jones’ average against lefties this year

 38 Percent below league average in terms of total offensive output for Andruw Jones versus southpaws in 2012

.814 Raul Ibanez’s OPS against righties this year, a highly respectable total

.598 Raul Ibanez’s OPS against lefties this year, making him a perfect platoon mate with a lefty-masher (read: not Andruw Jones)

1.075 Scott Hairston’s OPS against lefties this year, making him a smart (and likely cheap) guy for the Yankees to target at the deadline

.913 Matt Diaz’s OPS against lefties this year, making him an even smarter guy for the Yankees to target in a trade (for assumed cost)


1.012 Sticking with OPS, how about Derek Jeter’s number in April? Yeah, the whole “rumors of his demise were vastly overstated” thing was well taken. He, by all accounts, put on a show.

.692 Oh. Jeter’s OPS in May. Kinda ugly, I know.

.631 Jeter’s OPS in June. What’s going on here?

.324 His BABIP in May was far below his career mark of .355.

.286 And it slipped even farther away from career norms this month. Meaning Jeter, is in fact, not falling off of the cliff, talent-wise. He’s striking out more, but he’ll be back.

.290 Jeter’s career average in the month of May…

.300 …and in June.

.318 Ah, his career average in July. Maybe that’s the timeframe for Jeter’s return to driving the ball with force.


2.10 Rafael Soriano’s strikeout to walk ratio. For reference, the league average is 2.30, so the mark is not so impressive. I heard Michael Kay talking on Sunday about how “Soriano has saved the Yankees’ 2012 season,” referencing the bullpen conundrum that would’ve been had Soriano not been signed prior to the 2011 season and had David Robertson and Mariano Rivera still have been injured. And while Soriano’s been effective in getting the job done – he’s 12 of 13 in save opportunities since assuming the role – he’s been, objectively, a pretty darn average pitcher.

0 Home runs allowed by Soriano. That’ll change – in years where he’s pitched more than 39 innings, he’s given up between two once, four twice, six twice, eight once, and twelve once. So his glittery ERA will surely go up.

4.12 Don’t forget that his strikeout to walk ratio in 2011 – 2.00 – helped contribute to a 4.12 ERA, which isn’t pretty.

1.42 And one more metric for measurement’s sake; Soriano’s WHIP. I’m a fan of the guy, and he’s been a successful closer thus far (for that I’m grateful), but Kay and others are speaking too much in hyperbole when they say he’s “saved the Yankees’ season”.  He’s been an average pitcher doing a good job – I’d be willing to wager that a guy like Boone Logan, seemingly a guy with a stronger skillset than Soriano at this juncture, could’ve succeeded in the role, too. You never know, though.


100 This one might cause controversy. Get this: Russell Martin has been flat-out league average in offensive output. In case you’ve missed it (I use it far too often, one might argue), wRC+ is a stat that measures total offensive output and scales it to league average (which is 100). It adjusts for park and league, too. So Martin, despite a .199 average, has been league average on offense (thanks in part to his somewhat respectable .720 OPS and the bad luck involved with his bad batting mark).

99 The fun part: Jesus Montero’s wRC+ mark, meaning he’s been 1 percent below league average.  It’s too early to declare the Pineda trade a disaster – a torn labrum is ugly and all and Montero could well turn out to be a stud, but it’s a deal that was made with 2015 in mind as much as 2013 was.

.529 A taste of the future: catching prospect Gary Sanchez’s slugging percentage in Single A ball.

7.7 Outfielder Mason Williams’ speed rating in Single A league play (for comparison’s sake: Jason Kipnis leads the AL in steals with a 7.7 rating.

187 Outfielder Tyler Austin’s wRC+ at Single A ball. He also sports a 1.000+ OPS.


184 Career wins by C.C. Sabathia.

40 Sabathia will turn 40 on July 21, 2020, giving him the rest of the ’12 season and seven and a half more seasons until he reaches the number.

14.5 We’ll call it eight more full seasons of Sabathia left, okay? If he stays healthy, durable, and halfway effective, it’ll take 14.5 wins per season over the next eight years to reach 300 wins.

19.6 Sabathia’s three-year wins average on the Yankees. The number will go down as Sabathia’s effectiveness deteriorates, but it’s an exciting prospect nonetheless.

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One Response to Yankees by the numbers: 36 Facts, Enigmas, Trends, and Whatnot

  1. theboogiedown says:

    That was awesome! Thanks for the effort, thoroughly appreciated.

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