There’s been a lot of debate in the game recap comment section about the decision to pull Nathan Eovaldi in last night’s game, and justifiably so. It turned out to be a decision that negatively impacted the Yankees’ chances to win the game in a major way.
Obviously we’re all looking at this with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and some form of pre-existing biases against both Eovaldi and Joe Girardi. But there are numbers to support Joe’s decision, numbers that a few commenters brought up. Just food for thought, but here is how Eovaldi’s slash line against trends through his pitch count:
- Pitches 1-25: .349/.355/.509
– Pitches 26-50: .218/.282/.277
– Pitches 51-75: .295/.327/.442
– Pitches 76-100: .391/.476/.464
At 86 pitches, Eovaldi was right in the middle of the stretch where he tends to give up the most damage. Opposing hitters go for the highest average, highest on-base, and second highest power output against him in that pitch range. …