Quick Hit: “Owning” a Pitcher

When Tony Gwynn passed away, one of my favorite statistics of his wonderful career was brought up by dozens of writers – his .415/.476/.521 slash line against Greg Maddux, complete with 0 strikeouts in 107 plate appearances. These match-up specific numbers are oftentimes disregarded, and with good reason, as the sample sizes are generally quite small and spread out across several seasons. However, that does not prevent them from being a blast to discuss.

Last night, Brett Gardner took Yu Darvish deep twice, raising his career line against the Rangers’ ace to .455/.500/1.545 with 4 home runs in only 12 PA. Only two other players have taken Darvish deep four times, and both play in the same division (Mike Trout and Brandon Moss). And, perhaps most interestingly, Gardner does not have more than two home runs against any other pitcher.

All of this made me wonder – what pitchers do other Yankees hitters “own?” So I set a baseline of 10 PA, and ventured into a Baseball-Reference wormhole to find out (using OPS as the measuring stick). Here are the results:

Carlos Beltran – .600/.680/1.200, 3 HR in 25 PA v. Jaret Wright
Francisco Cervelli – .375/.500/.750, 1 HR in 10 PA v. Ricky Romero
Jacoby Ellsbury – .714/.800/1.429, 0 HR in 10 PA v. Scott Richmond
Chase Headley – .667/.700/1.222, 1 HR in 10 PA v. J.C. Gutierrez
Derek Jeter – .667/.700/1.444, 2 HR in 10 PA v. Erik Hiljus
Kelly Johnson – .588/.632/1.294, 2 HR in 19 PA v. Jonathan Sanchez
Brian McCann – .563/.611/1.250, 3 HR in 18 PA v. Ian Snell
Brian Roberts – .600/.636/1.200, 2 HR in 11 PA v. Troy Percival
Alex Rodriguez – .556/.692/1.556, 3 HR in 13 PA v. Brian Bannister
Brendan Ryan – .615/.643/.923, 1 HR in 14 PA v. Livan Hernandez
Ichiro Suzuki – .600/.636/1.200, 2 HR in 11 PA v. Kevin Brown
Mark Teixeira – .700/.769/1.700, 2 HR in 13 PA v. Ramon Ortiz

Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.

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