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Yankees facts and figures
10/04/2004 2:42 PM ET
Team record
The Yankees finished the 2004 season with a 101-61 record to lead the American League. That is the same record they recorded in 2003.
Final MLB standings

 

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Overall: 101-61

Home: 57-24
Road: 44-37
Before ASG: 55-31
After ASG: 46-30
Vs. LHP: 36-12
Vs. RHP: 65-49
Vs. winning teams: 35-30
Vs. losing teams: 66-31
Vs. playoff teams: 17-20
Vs. Twins: 4-2
Vs. Angels: 4-5
Vs. Red Sox: 8-11
Vs. Dodgers: 1-2
Vs. AL East: 49-27
Vs. AL Central: 20-12
Vs. AL West: 22-14
Vs. NL teams: 10-8
Night games: 64-37
Day games: 36-24
Extra innings: 5-4
Scoring first: 59-17
One-run games: 24-26
Opponent scores first: 42-44
Scoring 4 runs of more: 90-21
Scoring 3 runs or less: 11-40
When leading after 7: 81-5
When tied after 7: 12-5
When trailing after 7: 7-52
When leading after 8: 88-2
When tied after 8: 9-7
When trailing after 8: 4-52

Record vs. Twins
On paper the Yankees got what they wanted: an opening round series with the playoff team against which they fared best. The Yanks went 4-2 against Minnesota, including a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. In that series, New York took both games of a doubleheader in a pair of close ones (5-3 and 5-4), with Mariano Rivera picking up saves in both games.

Record vs. playoff teams
The Yankees took on three other playoff teams this season, and posted losing records against all of them. Against the Wild Card-winning Red Sox, they were 8-11, and they went 4-5 against the AL West champion Angels. The Bombers battled the Dodgers in Interleague Play, going 1-2 against the NL West champs.

Record vs. winning teams
Of the eight teams the Yankees faced this season that ended with winning records, New York won five and lost three season series. The Yankees were 7-2 against the Athletics, and also won season series against the Rangers (5-4), Twins (4-2), White Sox (4-3) and Padres (2-1). The Yankees dropped series to the Red Sox (8-11), Angels (4-5) and Dodgers (1-2).

Hitting stats
New York tied the White Sox for the AL lead in homers (242), were tops in walks (670), placed second in runs (897) and RBIs (863), and were tied for eighth in batting average (.268). In addition, New York struck out only 982 times as a team, tied for fourth in the league with ALDS opponent Minnesota.
MLB hitting stats

After a rough first month of the season during which he hit just .168, Derek Jeter went on a hitting spree the rest of the season and finished atop the team in batting average (.292), hits (188) and doubles (44). Right fielder Gary Sheffield put up MVP-caliber numbers, posting a .290 average (second to Jeter), and led the Yankees in runs (117), home runs (36, tied with Alex Rodriguez), RBIs (121), walks (92) and slugging percentage (.534).
Yankees hitting stats

Pitching stats
The Yankees had an uncharacteristic year pitching-wise, ranking first in the AL in one category -- saves (59). The Bombers ranked second in walks allowed (445); fifth in hits (1,532); sixth in ERA (4.69), runs allowed (808) and strikeouts (1,058); tied for seventh in home runs (182); eighth in innings pitched (1,143.2); tied for 12th in shutouts (5) and were last in complete games, with one.
MLB pitching stats

Jon Lieber and Javier Vazquez tied for the team lead in wins (14), and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and manager Joe Torre also got double-digit wins out of Mike Mussina (12) and Kevin Brown (10). Esteban Loaiza finished the year with 10 wins, but only one came as a member of the Yankees. Orlando Hernandez made his comeback from rotator cuff surgery on July 11, and won eight in a row before losing his first game more than two months later. The bullpen was the steadying force for the Yanks, anchored by the trio of Paul Quantrill (7-3) -- who led the AL in appearances, with 86 -- Tom Gordon (9-4, 2.21 ERA, 80 G) and closer Mariano Rivera (53 saves, 1.94 ERA).
Yankees pitching stats

Fielding stats
Defense was one of the Yankees' strengths this season. New York tied for 10th in the Majors with a .984 fielding percentage (99 errors in 6,001 total chances).
MLB fielding stats

Although the Yankees committed 99 errors, only two players finished the year in double digits. Jeter and Rodriguez committed 13 errors each.
Yankees fielding stats

Career postseason
Kevin Brown (11g/10gs)
Tom Gordon (7g/0sv)
Felix Heredia (13g/0sv)
Orlando Hernandez (16g/13gs)
Jon Lieber (0g/0gs)
Mike Mussina (16g/15gs)
Esteban Loaiza (1g/1gs)
C.J. Nitkowski (0g/0gs)
Paul Quantrill (0g/0gs)
Mariano Rivera (61g/30sv)
Tanyon Sturtze (0g/0gs)
Javier Vazquez (0g/0gs)
Derek Jeter (99g/123-for-392)
Alex Rodriguez (15g/18-for-53)
Gary Sheffield (25g/19-for-80)
Hideki Matsui (17g/18-for-64)
Bernie Williams (104g/108-for-389)
Jorge Posada (71g/53-for-235)
John Olerud (55g/59-for-204)
Miguel Cairo (8g/10-for-22)
Kenny Lofton (77g/80-for-322)
Jason Giambi (31g/29-for-104)
Ruben Sierra (20g/14-for-55)
Tony Clark (0g/0 at-bats)
John Flaherty (3g/0-for-6)
Enrique Wilson (17g/7-for-33)

2004 stats vs. Twins
John Flaherty hit .500 (1-for-4), Hideki Matsui was 8-for-20 (.400) and John Olerud went 6-for-17 (.353) against Minnesota this season. Matsui and Sheffield hit three HRs each, and Matsui had the most RBIs (19) for the Bombers vs. the Twins.
Hitting stats

Of the Yankees' starters, Lieber is the only one with a winning record this season against the Twins, posting a 1-0 record. On Sept. 29 he allowed four runs on 10 hits, struck out five and walked none in 5 2/3 innings. Hernandez has no record in one start; Loaiza is 1-1 in three starts, and Mussina and Vazquez are both 0-1 against Minnesota.
Pitching stats

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