Stat of the day: facing the Bombers

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61 pitchers have started at least five games versus the Yankees since the beginning of 2007.  Here are the best and worst of the results, ranked by ERA:

Best
1. A.J. Burnett: 4-1, 1.35 ERA (seven starts)
2. Felix Hernandez: 6-1, 2.04 ERA (eight starts)
3. Cliff Lee: 4-1, 2.55 ERA (six starts)
4. Brian Matusz: 2-3, 2.56 ERA (five starts)
5. Roy Halladay: 9-3, 2.85 ERA (15 starts)
6. Jon Lester: 8-2, 3.06 ERA (14 starts)
7. Jarrod Washburn: 1-3, 3.06 ERA (five starts)
8. Jeff Niemann: 3-0, 3.10 ERA (five starts)
9. Francisco Liriano: 1-3, 3.22 ERA (six starts)
10. Scott Kazmir: 6-3, 3.36 ERA (12 starts)

Worst
1. Brian Bannister: 1-3, 13.26 ERA (five starts)
2. Trevor Cahill: 0-4, 10.95 ERA (five starts)
3. Brad Bergesen: 0-4, 9.25 ERA (five starts)
4. Marc Rzepczynski: 1-2, 8.86 ERA (five starts)
5. Derek Holland: 0-4, 8.78 ERA (five starts)
6. Chris Tillman: 1-3, 8.71 ERA (five starts)
7. Jason Vargas: 0-3, 8.14 ERA (five starts)
8. Fausto Carmona: 1-5, 7.52 ERA (eight starts)
9. Jose Contreras: 0-5, 7.52 ERA (five starts)
10. Paul Byrd: 2-3, 7.36 ERA (five starts)
11. Tim Wakefield: 3-4, 7.27 ERA (10 starts)
12. Gio Gonzalez: 1-4, 7.27 ERA (five starts)
13. John Danks: 2-3, 7.11 ERA (six starts)

Josh Beckett, the winningest pitcher against the Yankees with an 11-5 record the last five years, doesn’t make either list with his 4.78 ERA in 22 starts.

Honorable mention goes to Oliver Perez, who was 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his four starts against the Yankees.

Report: Yankees, Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

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Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.

According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.

Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.