Game 59: Yankees vs. Athletics
Rain, rain, go away. It’s a gray and drizzly morning here in New York as the Yankees and Athletics wrap up this three-game series. The Yankees will try to avoid the sweep, and they’ve got the right guy on the mound, as it’s Masahiro Tanaka’s day to pitch. Drew Pomeranz has the ball for Oakland. New York has lost four straight and five of six on this homestand.
Joe Girardi’s working plan today is to get Carlos Beltran back in the lineup. They’re looking to use Beltran only as a DH for the foreseeable future; that will minimize the risk of having his right elbow flare up again. Beltran hasn’t played since May 12 against the Mets.
Today is also the day for the First-Year Player Draft, which kicks off at 7 p.m. The Yanks’ first selection is in the second round, No. 55 overall, so Draft reps Jeff Nelson and Andy Cannizzaro will have a little bit of a wait before they get to call out a name.
Here are some notes and information from the Yankees’ media relations department:
DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 14-6 (.700) in day games this season, marking the second-best such winning pct. in the Majors (S.F., 16-6, .727)…are just 15-23 in night games in 2014…over the last four seasons, are a Major League-best 123-62 (.665) in day games…the Majors’ second-best such record over that stretch is Cincinnati’s (113-82, .579).
CENTER OF ATTENTION: CF Jacoby Ellsbury has the Yankees’ longest active hitting streak (9G)…over the span is batting .389 (14-for-36) with 5R, 1 double, 1HR, 8RBI, 4BB, 5SB and a .450 OBP.
QUALITY GUY: RHP Masahiro Tanaka has recorded quality starts (at least 6.0IP and 3ER or fewer) in each of his 11 starts this season, the longest active streak of its kind in MLB…joins Montreal’s Steve Rogers as the only pitchers since earned runs became an official statistic (1912 in NL and 1913 in AL) to start their careers with as long a streak (Rogers did so in each of his first 16 career games in 1973)…the last Yankees pitcher to produce a longer such streak at any point in their career was CC Sabathia (16 consecutive starts in 2010)… has allowed 0HR in five consecutive starts, after surrendering 7HR in his first six outings…the Yankees are 9-2 in Tanaka’s starts and have won each of his last four home starts.
Last and certainly not least, let me end the post with these words of wisdom from the late Don Zimmer. What a terrific motto to live by:
“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110 percent all the time.”