NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by his teammates Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez #13 and Derek Jeter for his grand slam home run in the 5th inning against the Oakland Athletics on August 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
After yesterday's absolutely outrageous 22-9 stomping of the Oakland Athletics, I'd love to point out a few surprising and incredible statistics about not only the game, but the Yankees recently. Warning: Small sample sizes will appear at random, somewhat like a wild pokemon. However, this is still very cool and you should read on.
1. According to MLB.com, Major League Baseball will celebrate its 200,000th regular season game on Saturday, September 24th. In those nearly 200,000 regular season baseball games, there has only been one team to hit three grand slams in one game. That would be the New York Yankees on August 25, 2011. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson get the hat tip on that one.
2. Russell Martin has played in 768 games as of this morning. He's only recorded five hits once, going 5-5 yesterday afternoon with two home runs and six RBI.
3. In those 768 games for Martin, he's also only knocked in six runs once. Yesterday.
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4. Before this season, the most RBI that Curtis Granderson has ever had in a full season (well, 158 games) was 74. Through 126 games in 2011, Granderson has 103 RBI.
5. There was some speculation that Derek Jeter was simply done as a baseball player and was a liability to the Yankees by the time he was shelved on the disabled list. Take a look at his statistics since coming back, and keep in mind that he went 0-4 in his return game in Cleveland.
64 for 179 (.358), .410 OBP, .497 SLG, 10 doubles, three triples and two home runs.
6. Jorge Posada has played in 1813 games as a professional baseball player. Yesterday was the first time he was inserted into the game as a defensive replacement at second base. Here's why you'll never see him there again.
While these are certainly some extraordinarily good signs for the Yankees, there's also some bad news. Check back for another post of mine about that at 11 a.m.
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