At some point during this season, the Yankees are going to look to upgrade the back end of their rotation. One or two of Hughes, Nova, Colon, Garcia, Millwood, or the minor league crew may evolve into an acceptable option behind C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, but the Yankees will surely at least explore the...
For one thing, sooner or later it is going to bite him. Relievers can be volatile things and there’s no way to know what days are the days when they’re simply not going to have their best stuff. In a way, making pitching changes is like playing a weighted game of Russian roulette, and the more relievers you use the more chambers you’re loading. I’m not advocating for a Torre-esque strategy of riding the hot middle relief arm until it falls off by any means, but once a guy is in the game there’s no real reason to remove him until you have to if he’s pitching well. That’s true of both Robertson and Joba last night, both of whom threw just 11 pitches in getting 5 total outs (3 of them via strikeout) and allowing no base runners.
But another, more ominous problem is the more straight-forward one; this strategy is putting a lot of stress on the back end of the bullpen.…
The score stayed tied until the Yankees broke through again in the sixth. Curtis Granderson started the inning with a single. Mark Teixeira followed with a two run homer to center. Robinson Cano singled to right, and Chavez drew a one out walk. Posada grounded out, moving the runners to second and third. Martin walked, leaving the bases loaded for Brett Gardner who flew out to left to end the inning. The Yankees had a 4-2 lead, but had missed a chance to blow the game open.
Hill started the bottom of the inning with a single and stole second, injuring himself on the play, leading Toronto to bring in John McDonald in to pinch run. Corey Patterson walked and Edwin Encarnacion double to left, scoring McDonald. Jayson Nix walked and the Yankees called on David Robertson to get them out of trouble. With runners on second and third and just one out, Robertson managed to strike out Yunel Escobar and Travis Snider to preserve the 4-3 New York lead. …
Contact % |
|Cole Hamels||74.9%||8.54 (5)||3.54 (14T)||3.77 (19)||3.51 (7)|
|Tim Lincecum||74.9%||10.07 (1)||3.04 (4)||2.86 (1)||3.15 (1)|
|C.C. Sabathia||76.1%||8.00 (16)||3.13 (5)||3.25 (4)||3.49 (6)|
|Johan Santana||76.8%||8.34 (8)||2.93 (1T)||3.52 (10)||3.61 (11)|
|Jake Peavy||77.1%||9.18 (2)||3.39 (10)||3.34 (6)||3.56 (9)|
|Javier Vazquez||77.1%||8.57 (4)||4.24 (38)||3.85 (22)||3.71 (15)|
|Scott Kazmir||77.3%||8.74 (3)||4.16 (33)||4.20 (34)||4.25 (33)|
|Chad Billingsley||78.0%||8.14 (12)||3.51 (12)||3.72 (16)||3.98 (27)|
|Jered Weaver||78.2%||7.82 (19)||3.55 (16)||3.75 (17)||4.12 (29)|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||78.4%||8.11 (14)||3.54 (14T)||3.59 (13)||3.87 (19)|
The main reason for comparing these charts is that when commentators speak of active pitchers who personify the wisdom of “pitching to contact,” they will almost always turn to Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay as examples. …
EJ’s breakdown of the Yankee offense so far shows us pretty much what we would have expected: the Yankees are crushing home runs at an exceptional pace, but otherwise have been fairly pedestrian as far as getting hits and drawing walks are concerned. EJ also singles out the Yankees’ home run per fly ball...
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