By the Numbers: The Yankees' first half

07/12/2012 9:56 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano have both had 15-game hitting streaks this season.(AP)
The Yankees begin the nominal second half of their 2012 schedule on Friday in the Bronx, hosting the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the first game of a three-game weekend set.

The Bombers enter that game with the best record in baseball, but before we look forward to what July, August, and September will bring, we take a look back and go By The Numbers to chronicle the team’s first half accomplishments.

52-33: Through 85 games, the Yankees hold a 52-33 record; that mark is tops in baseball, and their current standing of 19 games above .500 is also their high-water mark for the season as well.

19-9: Among the Yankees’ 52 wins are 38 in series openers or finales, as they sport matching 19-9 records in both the first and last games of their 28 series played.

7: The Yankees enter the second half with a seven-game lead over Baltimore, giving them the largest margin of any current division leader in baseball.

3: Three is a magic number for the Yankees; when holding opponents to three runs or less in the first half, the Bombers were 35-2, a record that ties them with the Mets as the best teams in baseball in that scenario.

134: The Bronx Bombers have lived up to their nickname in the first half, belting an MLB-best 134 homers in the first half (led by Curtis Granderson’s 23). Seven players have at least 10 taters, and with Russell Martin at eight and both Derek Jeter and Eric Chavez at seven, the team stands a good chance of having double figures in double digits.

15: With a double in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 15 games – tying Derek Jeter for the longest on the Yankees this season.

.395: Jeter himself is hitting .308 overall this year, but when leading off the first inning, The Captain is 32-for-81 (a .395 average), and four of his seven home runs are leadoff dingers.

18: Clay Rapada may be the team’s lefty specialist, but his last 18 appearances have been extra special. Since June 9, Rapada has pitched 10 innings in 18 appearances, and in that time he has not allowed an earned run while striking out 14 batters and holding opponents to a .118 average.

95.23: Since taking over for the injured Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano is 20-for-21 in save opportunities, meaning he has successfully closed out games at a 95.23 percent clip – and the Yankees have (fortunately) not missed a beat in The Sandman’s absence.

8: When Darnell McDonald made his Yankees debut last weekend, he became half of the eighth set of brothers to play for the team. Brother Donzell appeared in five games with the Yankees in 2001, and prior to Darnell’s appearance, Matt Lawton had been the last to complete a set when his 2005 stint in the Bronx matched him up with brother Marcus (1989).

100: Usually, we only drop 10 facts here in By The Numbers, but here’s a bonus one about “bonus cantos” and the Yankees: this year, the team is a perfect 3-0 in extra-inning games.

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