SAN DIEGO, Calif. — When New York Yankees fans think about San Diego, it’s usually fond memories of Scott Brosius homering off of and ruining Trevor Hoffman and rounding the bases with his fists pumping in the air. The last time the Yankees played in San Diego was 2016 and Mark Teixeira hit career home run No. 400. Yeah, it’s been a minute.
As the Yankees embark on their ALDS with the Tampa Bay Rays, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of their stats at Petco Park. Mind you these numbers were accrued against the San Diego Padres but here they are in all of their glory.
During his Colorado Rockies days, LeMahieu hit well there, well, because of course, he hits well everywhere. In 57 games, with 220 plate appearances, he posted an 83 OPS+, three home runs, 16 walks, 22 runs scored, and a slash line of .286/.344/.372.
Happ has pretty solid numbers in San Diego. Granted his last outing came in 2012 for the Houston Astros and before that as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. In three starts, Happ has a 1.40 ERA with 10 K’s in 19.1 innings.
Chapman has pitched 12 games in San Diego, posting a 2.79 ERA, fanning 18 in 9.2 frames. In one game with the Yankees in 2016, Chapman struck out one batter in one scoreless frame. His last outing there came as a member of the Chicago Cubs in 2016. Prior to that, his numbers all came with the Cincinnati Reds.
In 19 games with the Rockies, Ottavino posted a 4.86 ERA in San Diego. Pitching 16.2 frames, Ottavino struck out 21 batters. Most recently in 2018, Ottavino had six outings and seven scoreless innings where he fanned 12.
Luke Voit, Mike Tauchman, and Erik Kratz have also played at Petco Park and didn’t yield more than a handful of plate appearances but at least they have some familiarity with the park.