Streaks dying at hands of Yankees
Teams that go on extended winning streaks better stay away from the Yankees. They have snapped two opponents’ winning streaks of at least five games on this homestand.
The Yankees ended the Mets’ 11-game winning streak last Friday night and the Rays’ five-game run Monday night. The Yanks are 9-2 since April 17 after starting the season 3-6. They entered play Tuesday night alone in first place in the American League East for the first time since May 19 last year.
In each of their last eight games, the Yankees faced teams with at least a share of first place in their respective divisions (April 20-23 against the Tigers, April 24-26 against the Mets and Monday night against the Rays) and were 6-2 in that stretch.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the longest such stretch for the Yankees since eight straight games from June 9-16, 2011 against the Red Sox (1), the Indians (4) and the Rangers (3) with the Yanks also going 6-2.
Yankees closer Andrew Miller was surprised to find out that he is the first reliever in franchise history to have as many as eight saves in the team’s first 20 games of a season.
“I would have thought Mariano Rivera had a year with 19 by that time,” the lefthander said.
Miller’s late-inning partner, Dellin Betances, has not allowed an earned run in 11 1/3 innings in which he has compiled 17 strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitless with 12 Ks in their past 22 at-bats against him.
Adam Warren’s six-strikeout, no-walk outing Monday night was the Yankees’ major-league leading sixth start with at least 6Ks and 0 BBs. All five of the Yankees’ starters have had at least one start with at least six strikeouts and no walks. Michael Pineda has two.