Stat of the Day: DPs don't go Yankees' way

April 14th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Yankees this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 14: Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4 -- Bad fortune with double plays
After their game on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, the Yankees led the Major Leagues in grounding into the most double plays with 15. DJ LeMahieu had the most on the team, with three entering Friday's action against the Rays.

April 13: Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3 -- Stanton's 120 mph single
Giancarlo Stanton connected for a two-run single in the eighth inning on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, with a measured exit velocity of 120 mph, according to Statcast. It was Stanton's ninth batted ball with an exit velocity of 120 mph or greater since Statcast's inception in 2015. Gary Sánchez and Aaron Judge are the only other Major Leaguers with batted balls at 120 mph or greater (one each).

April 12: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1 -- Higgy swings into record books
Kyle Higashioka went deep twice, establishing his place as the first catcher in Major League history to have three multihomer games within his first dozen career homers.

April 11: Yankees 8, Rays 4 -- LeMahieu extends hit streak vs. TB
DJ LeMahieu doubled in the third inning on Sunday and has hit safely in 23 consecutive regular-season games vs. the Rays, tying Manny Ramirez (23 games, 2002-03) and Luis Castillo (23 games, 1999-2003) for the second-longest such streaks in history. Only Ivan Rodriguez (27 games, 1998-2000) had a longer streak against Tampa Bay.

April 10: Rays 4, Yankees 0 -- Germán on wrong end of history
Domingo Germán has allowed at least one homer in 12 consecutive starts dating back to July 18, 2019, tying Iván Nova (Sept. 28, 2015-June 27, 2016) and Phil Hughes (April 8-June 9, 2012) for the second-longest streak in Yankees history. The only longer streak is Dennis Rasmussen (14) in 1986.

April 9: Rays 10, Yankees 5 -- DJ continues hot streak vs. Rays
DJ LeMahieu extended his hit streak against Tampa Bay to 21 games on Friday, knocking a ground-rule double and a home run. That's the longest hit streak for any Yankee against the Rays, passing Derek Jeter (20 games; April 7, 2004, through May 3, 2005).

April 7: Orioles 4, Yankees 3 (11) -- Strikeouts galore
Yankees pitchers struck out 17 batters in the series finale vs. Baltimore, their most since a Sept. 24, 2019, contest at Tampa Bay (also 11 innings). That gives the Bombers' staff 73 strikeouts, their most ever through six games of a season.

April 6: Yankees 7, Orioles 2 -- Cole's stretch best of any Yankee
Gerrit Cole has recorded at least seven strikeouts in each of his last 11 regular-season starts, the longest such stretch by a Yankees pitcher. The previous mark was seven, achieved five times, most recently by Nathan Eovaldi from Aug. 19, 2015 to April 20, 2016.

April 5: Yankees 7, Orioles 0 -- Chapman's 2-K streak
Aroldis Chapman has long wielded one of the Majors' most intimidating fastballs, and refining a splitter has only increased his potency as a strikeout machine. Chapman has recorded at least two strikeouts in each of his last 10 appearances (since Sept. 3, 2020), extending a personal record and claiming a franchise mark for relievers. Chapman surpassed Dellin Betances (April 17-May 10, 2014), Mariano Rivera (June 4-July 2, 1996) and Lindy McDaniel (July 27-Aug. 29, 1973), each of whom recorded nine such games.

April 4: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1 -- King does what no Yanks reliever has in over 30 years
Michael King may not have earned the win, but he did everything he could for the Yankees on Sunday with six shutout innings, in which he allowed only one hit, struck out three and retired the final 16 batters he faced. He became the first Yanks reliever to retire 16 or more consecutive batters since Neil Allen (May 31, 1988, vs. Oakland), per the Elias Sports Bureau. And King managed to do it in just his 11th outing as a big leaguer.

April 3: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3 -- Sánchez part of exclusive club
Gary Sánchez hit a fourth-inning home run off the Blue Jays' Ross Stripling on Saturday, joining Elston Howard (1963) as the only Yankees catchers to homer in their first two games of a season. Howard hit 28 homers in 1963, going on to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

April 1: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2 -- Yanks' Opening Day HR streak
The Yankees have had a player homer in his first plate appearance of the season on each of the last four Opening Days: Giancarlo Stanton in 2018, Luke Voit in 2019, Stanton in 2020 and Gary Sánchez in '21.