Assorted early notes from Kansas City
Over the last three games, Yankees relievers have combined to toss 10.0 scoreless innings of relief, recording 12K with only 3BB…prior to Mark Teahen’s single off RHP Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Friday’s win at Kansas City, Yankees relievers had not allowed a hit to 30 consecutive batters (27 outs, 3BB)…in 2008, Yankees relievers combined to strike out a franchise record 535 batters and held opponents to a .235 batting average, ranking third among Major League bullpens.
In Friday’s win at Kansas City, RHP Mariano Rivera saved his 56th game in which LHP Andy Pettitte has been the winning pitcher, marking the second highest total for any pair of pitchers since saves became an official statistic in 1969…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the all-time leaders in “win-save combinations” are Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch (57).
2B Robinson Cano is 8-for-14 with 6R, 1 double, 1HR, 3RBI, 4BB and 1SB in the first four games of the season…has drawn four walks in 2009…in 2008 his first walk came in his 10th game and didn’t register his fourth walk until his 21st game…was 2-for-3 in Friday’s win at Kansas City, extending his hitting streak to 15 games (dating back to 9/17/08)…has 27H in his last 56AB, dating back to 2008…his .482 average over that span is the highest in the Majors among players with at least 40AB (Credit: Elias).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees’ current nine-game road trip is the longest season-opening road trip in franchise history (high to date: eight games trips in 1918 and 1997).
The Yankees are the only team in the Major Leagues yet to make an error this season.