Al from Miami.
Al from Miami.
You can admit it, you had no expectations going into yesterday’s game other than expecting the Royals to win the game because it seems like months since the Yankees were able to put one in the win column. Don’t worry. We all felt that way. But when the 22:39 bottom of the first finally ended, and the Yankees had an 8-0 lead, those expectations quickly changed.
Here’s how that first inning unfolded, in heat map/grid/spray chart form:
1st inning SLG heat map
Jeremy Guthrie was throwing balls low in the zone and the Yankees were reaching them.
1st inning SLG grid
Guthrie’s 1st inning pitch frequency (See? A lot of low pitches.)
Here are the pitches Headley, McCann and Gardner hit for home runs. Headley and McCann’s home runs were off fastballs while Gardner’s was off a curve.
Look at how low Gardner’s pitch was.…
Since their last win, way back on May 16, the Yankees are batting .214/.272/.343/.615 with a .129 ISO and their pitching staff is 0-6 with a 6.92 ERA.
Here’s what that slash line looks like in spray chart form:
This is what that 6.92 ERA looks like in spray chart form:
Chase Headley was the Yankees’ “best” hitter over the past week batting .333/.391/.381/.772 while Stephen Drew and Brett Gardner stunk up the joint. Drew batted .136/.136/.136/.273. (My God) and Gardner batted .136/.208/.136/.345. (Almost as ugly as Drew’s numbers)
CC Sabathia was the worst pitcher by far and that even includes poor Esmil Rogers. Six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings is atrocious, but four strike outs to one walk in 2 1/3 innings isn’t bad. In four of the past six games the starting pitcher hasn’t made it through five innings.
Another bad thing? The defense that was supposed to be one of the best in the league committed five errors in the last six games.…
Today is Bernie Williams Day at Yankee Stadium and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of his biggest moments in Pinstripes (or: the only ones I could find on YouTube).
July 14, 1991: His first career home run against Chuck Finley and the California Angels.
October 6, 1995: Williams becomes the first MLB player to homer from both sides of the plate in a playoff game.
October 4, 1996: He robs a home run from Rusty Greer.
October 5, 1996: He homers from both sides of the plate in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rangers.
October 9, 1996: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles.
October 13, 1999: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1999 ALCS against the Red Sox.
April 23, 2000: Bernie and Jorge Posada become the first teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.
October 26, 2000: He gets the Yankees on the board and ends an 0-15 slide in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series against the Mets.…
Hey CC, can you be the big stoppa again? That would be really great.
Enjoy the game (hopefully)!
Here’s your game thread.
Tonight’s big story is that Slade Heathcott is in the Bronx, will be starting in centerfield and batting ninth!
YES is showing Masahiro Tanaka’s start in Scranton tonight. How exciting! So here is your game thread for the occasion.
Even though the game I’m about to tell you about was five years ago tonight, I had no recollection of it at all.
Getting old is fun!
Here are the facts: