Sports by the Numbers NYY Stat of the Week
19 The number of four-hit games (19) at Yankee Stadium for Lou Gehrig-the most in franchise history. Derek Jeter went 4 for 4 on Sunday, giving him 18 four-hit games in the Bronx. Jeter needs another four-hit performance at home to tie Gehrig, but there are only 16 home games left on the schedule-and that's it, permanently.
12 The number of games (12) left on the schedule against Tampa and Boston. There are four series left against the two teams ahead of NY in the division standings-the Yanks have home-and-away three game sets left with the Rays and the Red Sox. The last three games of the season are at Fenway-let's hope they still matter when the time comes.
16 The number of games (16) left for Yankee Stadium-unless there is a miracle in the Bronx that propels the Yanks into the post-season. Derek Jeter is a perfect 12 for 12 in his career-he has one post-season for every spring training in which he made the big club-but that streak is in serious jeopardy. If the Yankees do not rally, who takes responsibility for this season?
115 Mike Mussina is Hall of Fame worthy-so says the Elias Sports Bureau, which reported that Moose's victory on Sunday pushed his career record to (115) games above the .500 mark. His record stands at 266-151. There are only 18 pitchers in baseball history who have records that far above .500, and 12 of them are in the Hall of Fame, five of them are not yet eligible (Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, and Mussina), and the last guy is Bob Caruthers-who played nine seasons back in the 1800s.
532 The team winning percentage (.532) after posting a 66-58 record through 124 games in 2008. The last time the Yankees posted a lower winning percentage for an entire season was 1992. There is still time to improve, of course-38 games to be exact.
645 The team winning percentage (.645) in 1923. The first title in franchise history came in the inaugural season for Yankee Stadium-it would be a fitting capstone to one of the greatest sports cathedrals in the world if it could go out the way it came in. It's right about now that I really wish Joe Torre was back East-and surely I'm not alone in thinking that.