PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Félix Doubront

The Enemy

The Yankees take on the Red Sox’ left handed pitcher Félix Doubront this afternoon. The 24 year old Venezuelan hit the big leagues in 2010 for 3 starts and 9 relief appearances. In his first short 25.0 inning season he posted a 4.32 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 8.28 K/9, and 3.60 BB/9. Last year he returned to the minors, and for 70.1 innings in Triple A, put up a 4.22 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 7.81 K/9, and 3.33 BB/9. He was given some brief relief opportunity in 2011 as well, but with superstar pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey out for the season, the team has decided to start him in 2012. In his first two starts of this year, he’s given the Red Sox a 5.40 ERA, 11.70 K/9, and 3.60 BB/9. The surprising amount of strikeouts has caused him to have a low early FIP of 2.87 in 10.0 innings of work.

Pitching Repertoire
Doubront came up from the minors with 4 different pitches in his arsenal.… Click here to read the rest

Sherman-Yanks won’t bring back Swisher

Last year in pinstripes?

Amidst all the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway park yesterday, a significant bit of Yankee news appears to have been overlooked around the blogosphere. In his Friday column, Joel Sherman said in no uncertain terms that the Yanks don’t plan on bringing pending free agent Nick Swisher back after this season.This is the first time I’ve seen that in print from a trusted source, so in my view it has to be taken seriously. Sherman’s article addressed the Yankee long term plans with Nunez, and the Swisher line was thrown out almost in passing. Here’s the quote, in its full context:

One reason the Yankees say they favored signing Raul Ibanez over Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui was Ibanez, though not a good outfielder, had been playing the field regularly the past few years, which Damon and Matsui were not. The Yankees figured that made Ibanez more capable as a fill-in if there were an outfield injury.Click here to read the rest

Nova’s Curveball Key To Third Win

As the Highlanders squared off against the Red Sox this afternoon, Ivan Nova did his best impression of Smoky Joe Wood. His final line was 6.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts. Out of 3 starts, he has now won 3 games, thanks to a continuous barrage of run support for the pitcher. Let’s take a look at the PITCHF/x numbers to see how he went about one of the most potent offenses in baseball.

Nova threw the four-seamer, two-seamer, changeup, slider, and curveball tonight. The four-seamer sat at the new standard 92.6 mph, and topped out at 95.6. Compared to the last start against the Angels, Nova’s fastball was right around the same speed, but it had more than 2 inches of less horizontal movement in to right handed batters and about an inch more “rising” action. In the last PITCHF/x piece on Ivan Nova, I wrote about how he has regained strength from last year, and throwing the ball harder but with some ridiculously high “rise”.… Click here to read the rest

Red Socked by Yanks, spoil Fenway’s party

The game started for the Red Sox with misfortune as Derek Jeter popped out to shallow right field. Dustin Pedroia called for the ball but lost it in the sun and the ball bounced out of his glove. The official scorer gave Pedroia an error, but it wasn’t a misplay, it was a fluke. The Yankees took the gift whichever way it was written down on the scorecard. Curtis Granderson flew out but a wild pitch (REALLY wild) sailed over Jared Saltalamacchia’s head and Jeter moved to second and then scored on a solid single to center by Alex Rodriguez.

Before the game, Joe Girardi was shown on video as stating the big difference with the new Ivan Nova and the old one was the pitcher’s ability to limit damage in an inning. Nova did that all day. Nova worked around  a single in the first inning to keep the score 1-0. After two straight games of Yankee pitchers giving up four runs in the first inning, this was a refreshing change for the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Previewing Red Sox Vs. Yankees: Happy Birthday, Fenway

So the Yankees travel up to Boston Friday night to begin the 2012 edition of “The Greatest Rivalry Ever Ever,”* with Fenway’s 100th birthday as the backdrop, and Bobby Valentine’s eccentric managerial style as the subtext. The beauty of this 2012 Red Sox side is that their reaction to last season’s public humiliation was to hire a loudmouth coach with a dangerously insane streak (because, you know, their clubhouse wasn’t being talked about enough already).

*(In a weird twist of fate, I’ll actually spend most of the weekend wrapped up in one of the world’s other great rivalries, as my Real Madrid travel to Barcelona for the unfathomably all-consuming clásico).

It has been the Boston Zoo all right, especially with Bobby V’s recent comments about Kevin Youkilis that seemed both completely random (I mean, what?) and particularly ill-timed (he had just gotten on his first hot streak this season). I mean, if this is all some sort of master ploy to create a bad guy persona for himself that can unify a divided clubhouse (because they all hate him), then maybe it’s working.… Click here to read the rest

Game 14: Yanks v. Sox: Fenway turns 100

The Yankees and Red Sox renew their rivalry for the first time today as Boston celebrates the centennial of its home ballpark. Be sure to check out this special series preview before tuning in.

Lineups!

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Raul Ibanez, LF
8. Eric Chavez, 3B
9. Russell Martin, C
SP: Ivan Nova

Red Sox:

1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Ryan Sweeney, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Cody Ross, LF
9. Jason Repko, C
SP: Clay Buchholz–check out an awesomely in depth scouting report on Clay here.

GO YANKS! … Click here to read the rest