WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ struggles against Yankees

As today’s game looks woeful at the start, I felt it was appropriate to look into the Cleveland Indians’ recent record against the New York Yankees. Heck, TD practically begged me to do this research with his recap this morning.

So here are the results over the last 20 regular seasons since 1994, the opening of Jacobs Field, through yesterday:

57-111 (.329) record for Cleveland
4.67-5.90 (-1.23) average margin of victory

Notably, the pitching has been the main culprit, posting a 5.68 ERA in these 168 matchups. C.C. Sabathia was 1-8 with a 6.16 ERA with the Indians against the Yanks; but now is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA (entering today) against his former team. With the Indians against New York, Dennis Martinez had a 6.11 ERA, Roberto Hernandez (nee Fausto Carmona) had a 7.02 ERA and Jaret Wright was at 6.18.

On the offensive side, Cleveland shortstops have oddly seemed to struggle against New York pitching. Omar Vizquel posted a .665 OPS (compared to .688 for his career) in his 402 PAs with Cleveland against the Yankees. Asdrubal Cabrera’s split of .684 OPS (vs. .756 career) isn’t that attractive either. Albert Belle was the noted Yankee-killer, with 11 doubles, 11 homers and a 1.186 in 31 games with the Tribe against the team.

Here is the record by season:
1994: 0-9 (.000)
1995: 6-6 (.500)
1996: 3-9 (.250)
1997: 5-6 (.454)
1998: 4-7 (.364)
1999: 3-7 (.300)
2000: 5-5 (.500)
2001: 4-5 (.444)
2002: 3-6 (.333)
2003: 2-5 (.286)
2004: 2-4 (.333)
2005: 3-4 (.429)
2006: 3-4 (.429)
2007: 0-6 (.000)
2008: 4-3 (.571)
2009: 3-5 (.375)
2010: 2-6 (.250)
2011: 3-4 (.429)
2012: 1-5 (.167)
2013: 1-5 (.167)

[Related: The Diff: Update on top Cleveland Indians prospects]

  • Natedawg86

    * Post Season 97 – 3-2, 2007 3-1!

  • mgbode

    Does 2007 count though? It literally took an act of God to beat the Yankees:

    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/03/06/science/06midge.flyingspan.jpg

  • mgbode

    Jacob, no more. no more.

    watching CC dominate our beloved Tribe for the first few innings today(in the midst of our current skid), followed by your brutal recap of the Tribe drafts (and comparison to StL), and coupled with demonstrative proof of our terribleness against NYY (even in our good years) is just too much.

    talk of sunshine when it’s raining and rain when it’s sunny.

  • Natedawg86

    Where was he against the Sox!!!

  • mgbode

    3-1 series lead w/ CC on the hill and the mediocre Rockies awaiting from the NL. I think He did enough.

  • HRD53

    Hey, i’m a glass half full kinda guy. Why don’t we have an article recapping the greatest defeat in Yankee history:
    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/5880328/