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Nuggetpalooza: Yankees Post Mortem

08.09.11 at 9:28 am ET
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Can you stand one more recap of the Yankees series? Well, here it is, Nuggetpalooza-style!

FRIDAY’S LOSS:

* – The Red Sox entered Friday’s game having won eight of their last 10 one-run games against the Yankees, dating back to ’08.

* – Boston had won the last nine times that they’ve allowed zero home runs to the Yankees at Fenway before Friday night. Overall, they entered Friday having won 18 of their last 21 no-homers-allowed games against the Yankees.

* – Red Sox pitchers walked six batters in Friday’s loss. Since the start of the 2008 season, they’ve walked six or more in 27 percent of their games against the Yankees (22-of-82), easily the highest percentage against any AL team in that span:

27% – Yankees
18% – Rays
18% – Tigers

* – The Yankee bullpen tossed 4.1 scoreless innings Friday night. Entering the game, the Red Sox had forced opponents’ bullpens to throw more than four innings 23 times since April 21 and the Sox had scored against them in 21 of those games (93 ER in 137 IP; 6.11 ERA).

* – Entering Friday’s game, the Red Sox boasted a 2.41 bullpen ERA in one-run home games this season, third best in the AL:

2.18 – Blue Jays
2.27 – Orioles
2.41 – Red Sox

Seriously, the Orioles?

* – Despite the loss, the Red Sox reached base three times in six full count plate appearances, raising their average to .433 on 3-2 counts vs. the Bombers this season (1.393 OPS). Overall, the Sox have a .271 average and .972 OPS this season. Yankees opponents are hitting just .237 with an .813 OPS on full counts through Friday.

SATURDAY’S WIN:

* – The Red Sox continued to master Yankee pitching on full counts, reaching base on all five full counts on Saturday (a single and four walks).

* – Daniel Bard allowed a home run in consecutive appearances for the first time in his career.

* – Yankees went 2-for-3 when on first pitches against Lackey on Saturday, including an ugly single, HBP, single stretch of consecutive plate appearances in the 5th inning. Opponents have 23 first pitch hits vs. Lackey this season, but none of those hits have been home runs. He has allowed only one first-pitch homer since joining the Red Sox (last May against the Phillies’ Jayson Werth), the fewest such homers allowed in the majors since the start of 2010 (min. 150 first pitches in play):

1 – John Lackey
2 – Livan Hernandez
3 – Several tied

* – AL home run leaders since July 1:

10 – Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
9 – Mark Reynolds, BAL
9 – Jose Bautista, TOR
8 – Dustin Pedroia, BOS (and four others)

* – MLB RBI leaders since July 1:

32 – Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
30 – Michael Cuddyer, MIN
30 – Curtis Granderson, NYY

Since July 1, Ellsbury has 10 HR and 32 RBI out of the leadoff spot. No other player has more than eight HR (JJ Hardy) and 19 RBI (Jimmy Rollins) out of the top spot in the order in that span.

* – New York’s Mark Teixiera homered on Saturday in a 1-for-4 performance, making him 5-for-40 (.125) this season against the Red Sox.

* – Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, the fourth time in his career that he’s put up four or more hits against the Yankees, moving him one closer to the all-time leader in such games against the Yankees, Harry Heilmann, with 11.

* – Boston scored 10 or more runs for the sixth time in their last 19 games and the MLB-high 18th time this season. Oakland, Seattle, and Florida have scored in double figures only twice all season.

SUNDAY’S WIN

* – Prior to his walkoff hit, Boston’s Josh Reddick had zero career RBI in 36 times up in the 5th inning or later with the game tied.

* – Josh Beckett retired the game’s first batter against him Sunday night and they are now 2-for-19 (.105) against him this season and 0-for-10 at Fenway Park. In his Red Sox career, the first batter of the game is 10-for-79 (.127) and Yankees are just 4-for-24 (.167). This season, the only AL pitcher allowing a lower average to the game’s first batter is Beckett’s new teammate, Erik Bedard (1-for-14, .071). Note this: The fifth lowest such average allowed in the AL is Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (2-for-18, .111). Which AL pitcher has allowed the HIGHEST average to the game’s first batter? John Lackey (9-for-17, .529).

* – After allowing only five home runs in July, Boston’s bullpen has now allowed four homers already in August.

* – The Red Sox collected three infield hits on Sunday night, bringing the Yankees’ total infield hits allowed this season to 103, third fewest in the AL. The fewest allowed? 100 by the Red Sox.

* – Marco Scutaro’s RBI hit with the bases loaded gave him 10 RBI in 12 plate appearances with the sacks full and two outs (0.83 average) since joining the Red Sox. In that same span, the rest of the Red Sox have had 77 RBI in 134 such plate appearances, and average of 0.57.

* – The Yankees’ Derek Jeter had another lineout on Sunday, his 15th of the season. His average on line drives this season (.659) projects to be the lowest of his career.

Back in first place and off to Minnesota.

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