On Hughes and 0-2, quickly

Yesterday at RAB, Joe mused wonderfully about Phil Hughes and his troubles putting hitters away when he’s up in the count:

One result of Hughes’s control is that he often works ahead in the count. He has faced 341 hitters this year, of which 83 have gone to an 0-2 count. That’s 24.3 percent of all hitters he’s faced. The AL average is just 19.3 percent of all PA. Yet hitters have had a field day once they’re this far behind. The average AL hitter has a .166 BA and .250 SLG in PA when they’ve seen an 0-2 count. In PA when Hughes has gotten ahead 0-2 hitters have a .253 BA and .494 SLG. Even worse, when the count is 0-2 AL hitters have a .146 BA and .222 SLG. Against Hughes with an 0-2 count they have a .294 BA and — I’m not even kidding — a .618 SLG. When Hughes is ahead in the count, opponents have hit .236/.242/.394 against him.

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The Farm Report: 6/21/12

Trenton lost to Richmond 7-2:
The Thunder started the game slow at the plate, as Richmond jumped out to a 7-0 lead.  Trenton finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth, as Melky Mesa drew a walk.  With one out, Addison Maruszak took a free pass.  Yadil Mujica lined a single to left, plating Mesa for their first run of the day.  Trenton had a chance to jump back into the game in the bottom of the eighth, as Jose Pirela started with a walk and David Adams followed with a double.  Zoilo Almonte grounded out, plating Pirela, but that was all they could muster, taking a 7-2 loss.  Jose Gil and Mujica went 2-4.  Pirela went 1-1 with a run scored and four walks.  Adam Miller lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs on ten hits, two walks and a strikeout.

Tampa beat Lakeland 9-4:
Ramon Flores started the Yankees’ offense with a single to right.  Neil Medchill and Tyson Blaser drew walks, loading the bases and Kyle Roller singled in two runs for the early lead.  … Click here to read the rest

Looking at possible bench replacements

Matt’s article today highlighted the struggles that Andruw Jones is having with left-handed pitching, and got me thinking about the rest of the Yankee bench, and whether possible replacements exist.  Jones’ struggles are a problem because Jones was expected to be the lefty-mashing half of a DH platoon and occasional outfielder (though he has been getting more reps out there due to Brett Gardner‘s injury).  After getting off to a hot start and hitting some big home runs, Raul Ibanez has cooled down dramatically.  Chris Stewart, brought in to be a glove-first backup catcher, has proved adequate on that front, but his wRC+ of 56 is pretty awful.  Jayson Nix, brought in to be a utilityman who was more reliable defensively than Eduardo Nunez, has largely accomplished that goal, and he has been decent offensively (wRC+ of 89, despite a .222 batting average).  Eric Chavez has been a capable fill-in at the corners, and his wRC+ of 96 is acceptable.  … Click here to read the rest

Whitey Ford pitches a 14-inning shutout

Whitey Ford is important, of course, to Yankee lore. “The Chairman of the Board,” is lumped together with Yogi and Mickey as the bulwarks of that era of Yankee baseball. It is often mistakenly thought that his success was largely due to the team he pitched for. After all, his 236-106 career record and .690 winning percentage are kind of freakish. But Ford was more than just a guy who benefited from pitching for the Yankees. He finished his career with a 2.75 ERA and allowed only 7.9 hits per nine innings for his career. His post season career may not look impressive at 10-8 in the World Series, but his post season ERA and hits per nine were nearly identical to his regular season career totals. He was a really good pitcher.

And Whitey Ford lost two full seasons to the armed services. He had broken in to the majors at the age of 21 in 1950 and had stunning success as he went 9-1.… Click here to read the rest