You can admit it, you had no expectations going into yesterday’s game other than expecting the Royals to win the game because it seems like months since the Yankees were able to put one in the win column. Don’t worry. We all felt that way. But when the 22:39 bottom of the first finally ended, and the Yankees had an 8-0 lead, those expectations quickly changed.
Here’s how that first inning unfolded, in heat map/grid/spray chart form:
1st inning SLG heat map
Jeremy Guthrie was throwing balls low in the zone and the Yankees were reaching them.
1st inning SLG grid
Guthrie’s 1st inning pitch frequency (See? A lot of low pitches.)
Here are the pitches Headley, McCann and Gardner hit for home runs. Headley and McCann’s home runs were off fastballs while Gardner’s was off a curve.
Look at how low Gardner’s pitch was.…