Quick Hit: “Owning” a Hitter

Yesterday, I ventured into the depths of Baseball-Reference to see which pitchers the Yankees hitters have “owned” over the course of their careers. Today, I will use the same parameters (minimum of 10 PA) to see which hitters the Yankees pitchers have most thoroughly dominated. Unfortunately, Messrs Tanaka and Betances have not faced a single batter ten times in their careers.

Chris Capuano – .000/.000/.000, 1 K in 10 PA v. Shawn Green
Shawn Kelley – .182/.182/.182, 4 K in 11 PA v. Adam Jones
Hiroki Kuroda – .000/.077/.000, 2 K in 13 PA v. Gerardo Parra
Brandon McCarthy – .000/.067/.000, 5 K in 15 PA v. Jedd Gyorko
Ivan Nova – .000/.100/.000, 4 K in 10 PA v. Adrian Gonzalez
David Phelps – .000/.111/.000, 1 K in 10 PA v. Desmond Jennings
Michael Pineda – .091/.167/.091, 4 K in 12 PA v. Jose Bautista
David Robertson – .000/.000/.000, 3 K in 11 PA v. Colby Rasmus
CC Sabathia – .000/.000/.000, 6 K in 11 PA v. Eric Thames
Matt Thornton – .000/.154/.000, 5 K in 13 PA v. Mike Napoli
Adam Warren – .091/.167/.091, 2 K in 12 PA v. Dustin Pedroia

The most surprising match-up in this list has to be Mike “Career .279/.387/.523, 143 wRC+ v. LHP” Napoli being utterly helpless against Matt Thornton. While small sample size issues and caveats abound, and Thornton has only recently slipped against right-handed hitters, this still seems remarkably out of place.

Though, to be fair, Warren and Pineda holding Pedroia and Bautista, respectively, to equally atrocious slash lines is quite delightful.

About Domenic Lanza

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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