About Last Night: Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts was moved up to the two-hole in yesterday’s lineup and he had himself a game in Minnesota.

He finished with four extra base hits – three doubles and a triple – and is the first Yankee to record four extra base hits in a game without a home run since Jim Mason in 1974. (Courtesy of MLBStatOfTheDay)

Here’s his heat map from yesterday:
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As you can see, he was taking advantage when pitches were left over the plate.

Here’s his first inning double which came on a 91 mph sinker over the plate:
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Here’s his second inning double which came on a 78 mph curveball low:
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Here’s his fourth inning triple which came on a 90 mph fastball over the plate:
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Here’s his seventh inning double which came on a 90 mph fastball over the plate:
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Roberts’ triple came on the first pitch of the at bat while his first two doubles were hit when he was down 1-2 in the count. His seventh inning double came on a 3-2 count. His first two hits were off starter Kyle Gibson, his triple was against Sam Deduno and his final hit was off Glen Perkins.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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