Post-season Tidbit: Yankees Spoiling Twins' Post-Season Plans Once Again
So the Yankees won the first two games against the Twins in the AL Division Series. Surprised? Well, the Yankees do have a record 12-game, post-season winning streak against the Twins. In fact, the Yankees are 15-2 all-time against the Twins, who were originally the Washington Senators, the second-best winning percentage for a team with 10 or more games against a single team in post-season history.
The Cardinals 9-1 record against the Padres is the top winning percentage (.900) for 10 or more games. And tied for third with a .800 winning percentage against a post-season opponent are the Red Sox against the Dodgers, Yankees against the Phillies and A's against the Cubs. The Yankees have five of the top 10 winning percentages, also holding down seventh (.714 vs. the A's), eighth (.700 vs. the Orioles) and ninth (.688 vs. the Rangers).
The fans at Yankee Stadium were still finding their seats by the time Twins starter Randy Dobnak found himself on the way to the clubhouse. Dobnak was lifted after the leadoff batter in the third reached base. His two innings of work equals the third shortest post-season appearance in Twins history. The shortest Twins starter in post-season history was a third of an inning by Curly Ogden against the Giants in 1924 -- he walked one batter and struck out the other.
Houston righthander Gerrit Cole is heading for free agency once the season ends in "striking" style. With 15 strikeouts in the Astros' Game 2 victory against the Rays, he now holds the record of 10 consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts, and on Saturday chalked up his 17th consecutive winning decision -- dating back to May 27. The 15 strikeouts equal the third highest total in franchise history, and are the most in a post-season game since Roger Clemens struck out 15 Mariners for the Yankees o Oct. 14, 2000. The record is 17 strikeouts by Bob Gibson of the Cardinals against the Tigers in 1968. Kevin Brown is No. 2 on the list, striking out 16 Astros for the Padres in 1998.
In losing the first two games of the ALDS against the Astros, Tampa Bay has scored only three runs and has a .180 batting average. There have been only 14 teams in the history of the Division Series to have a lower batting average. Thirteen of those 14 teams were eliminated from the post-season during the ALDS. The exception? The 2008 Indians, who hit .172, but swept their way into the ALCS, where they lost to the Red Sox.