Game Thread: Game 48. Yankees vs. Blue Jays. Win the rubber match.

Good afternoon, everyone! It’s a 1 PM start for the Yankees/Jays today in the rubber match of their latest three game set in the Bronx.

Here’s the lineup for today’s match up vs. Jo Jo Reyes, thanks to LoHud:

1. Jeter, SS (Will it work today?!)
2. Granderson, CF (I can has more lefty mashing? .470 wOBA vs. LHP, .392 vs. RHP. #cured)
3. Teixeira, 1B (Hope Reyes doesn’t feature a changeup)
4. Rodriguez, DH(The numbers say otherwise, but I can’t remember seeing him have this many poor PAs bunched together)
5. Cano, 2B (Over/Under: 15.5 pitches seen today?)
6. Martin, C (O, Canada! .350/.458/.600/1.058 vs. the Jays this year)
7. Swisher, RF (I’m begging for better plate appearances today)
8. Jones, LF (Can he run into a fastball?)
9. Nunez, 3B (Over/Under: 1.5 errant throws to first)

Freddy Garcia gets the ball today. His 3.12 ERA is shiny, but the 4.78 FIP and 4.13 xFIP don’t bode horribly well for Mr. Garcia. His 1.45 HR/9 and super low 32.1 GB% scare me against the Jays.

Taking the mound for the Jays is the aforementioned Jo Jo Reyes. Quick scouting report:

4.07/3.36/4.23 ERA/FIP/xFIP
6.84 SO/9, 2.40 BB/9
1.50 WHIP
35.8 GB%
0.55 HR/9 (Can we get a correction, please?)

Per Texas Leaguers, here’s the particulars on his pitches:

Avg. 2-Seam Fastball Velocity: 90.5 MPH (42.23% usage)
Avg. 4-Seam Fastball Velocity: 91.1 MPH (28.5% usage)
Avg. Slider Velocity: 83.1 MPH (14.6% usage)
Avg. Changeup Velocity: 83.5 MPH (11.9% usage)
Avg. Curveball Velocity: 77.1 MPH (2.6% usage)

He likes to throw that two seamer as the first pitch (50.5% of the time). When he gets ahead, he sticks with it (41.6%), but also bumps his slider usage up from 6.4% first pitch to 15.8% when up 0-1. When down 1-0, he almost completely ditches the offspeed/breaking stuff and sticks exclusively to either fastball, as we’d expect.

Reyes seems to be a fastball heavy guy and the Yankees like fastball pitches. If they can stay ahead of Reyes, they should have a good time against him. Yes, that’s the most obvious statement anyone’s made about anything ever, but it holds true here. Even if the Yankees fall behind him, though, it looks like they’ll have a decent chance, considering how much Reyes likes his fastball.

Enjoy the game, folks. GO YANKEES!

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

About Matt Imbrogno

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

55 thoughts on “Game Thread: Game 48. Yankees vs. Blue Jays. Win the rubber match.

  1. The problem with both Jeter and Posada is they have no consitency at the plate. From day to day, and at bat to at bat, they look completely different. Sometimes you see a well hit ball, and then the next time up they look lost.

    Granderson!!!

  2. How can someone with a .456 batting average over the last 14 games have as many poor plate appearances as you make it sound like Matt? He’s not who he was but come on, we’re faulting guys for a little good luck now?

  3. With the 3 BB game Monday, 3 hit game yesterday, and a hit today, Granderson has reached base 7 times in 3 days.

  4. I remember when Anthony Young lost 27 straight games with the Mets, which is worse than not winning a game in 24 straight starts. He wasn’t that bad, but couldn’t catch a break. I read a where-is-he-now piece on him; as I remember, he works with kids these days.

  5. First inning, runner on third, one out: walk Bautista and go for the DP.

  6. “I’ve been thinking that you think everything is an attack. I guess for some reason we just push each other’s buttons that way.

    It’s too bad, because other than that, we’re obviously the two most brilliant commenters on the site.”

    You don’t push my buttons, in fact I only ever get frustrated by two posters on the whole site, one who means well, and one who is well… just pisses everyone off.

    When I respond to comments sometimes it’s in direct response to something you said but a lot of times it’s like you adding in the stat about extra base hits… It’s just added information from things I’ve read. They just happen to be posted in that section because it pertains to that hitter.

    once again the internet would be enhanced with a voice saying everything you read in the appropriate tone haha.

  7. Hey, how awesome is it that the Yankees not only finally hit a Lefty-They’ve-Never-Faced-Before, but also knocked him out after three measly innings!

  8. Two batters into the game, and the Yankees are hitting 1.000 with RISP.

  9. 14-0??

    I have to say I still don’t believe in the Indians. Everyone seems to have bought into the fact that they are for real, but I just can’t see that pitching staff continuing like they have been pitching.

  10. I’ve always been a huge fan of the split finger fastball and I have never understood why more pitchers don’t throw it. It’s not as much of a feel pitch as a great change, and it’s mulitfacited in what you can get with it. I know some people say it can injure the pitcher but I don’t really believe that has ever been proven with any real data.

  11. It’s really hard to understand Swisher’s struggles, when you look at his numbers he’s hitting a ton of line drives (24%) and yet it just doesn’t seem to be falling for him.

  12. I hate to say it but I feel we’ll be lucky to win 1 game against seattle. We are going to face both Pineda and Felix Hernandez in that series, just going to be an extremely tough series.

    Grandy!

  13. Call me crazy if you want but I actually think Pineda looks like a better pitcher going forward than Stephen Strasburg.

  14. With that HBP that is Granderson’s 10th time to reach base in 3 days. His triple slash line is up to .282/.355/.630.

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