2011 ALDS Game 3 Preview | CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander redux, with some bonus notes on the changeup

Being that I already wrote a CC Sabathia–Justin Verlander preview, there’s no sense in rehashing the entire thing, so just click here if you need a refresher. The primary aspect of the initial preview post that changes is that they’re not at Yankee Stadium anymore, which probably slightly favors Verlander, though it’s not as if Sabathia’s chopped liver on the road. One trend I did want to note prior to tonight’s game is the Tigers’ effective deployment of the changeup against the Yankees thus far in the series. In Game 1, the Yankees saw 20 changeups, 7 of which were Continue reading 2011 ALDS Game 3 Preview | CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander redux, with some bonus notes on the changeup

Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

Both Jered Weaver and Dan Haren put on respective pitching clinics last weekend while facing the Yankees, combining to hold the vaunted Bomber lineup to one run over 18 innings, whiffing 17 men and allowing only seven hits. While there’s something to be said for the fact that neither hurler faced the Yankees’ “A” lineup due to assorted injuries and fatigue — though Weaver more or less faced the best the Yankees have to offer — the fact remains that both pitchers still utterly dominated their competition. Haren of course pitched the first complete-game shutout of the season against the Continue reading Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

Brett Cecil becomes Majors' winningest pitcher against 2010 Yankees in Blue Jay rout; A-Rod hits 30-HR plateau for 13th straight season

It may say Managing General Partner next to Hal Steinbrenner’s name, but it is in fact 24-year-old Brett Cecil who actually owns the New York Yankees. Cecil led the Blue Jays to a 8-3 romp of New York, picking up his Major League-leading fourth win against the Yankees in 2010 and improving to 4-0 in five starts against the Bombers this season. The win was no surprise whatsoever considering the Yankees haven’t been able to do anything of note against Cecil all year and have done nothing but struggle against slow-throwing pitchers of his ilk. It obviously didn’t help the Continue reading Brett Cecil becomes Majors' winningest pitcher against 2010 Yankees in Blue Jay rout; A-Rod hits 30-HR plateau for 13th straight season

Hughes and CC, closer than you think

Recently I put together a post analyzing Ivan Nova‘s performance. My purpose was to take a look at his peripheral stats to try to understand if he was really showing potential, or if he was getting lucky, and was due to get shelled. To do this I collected data on all the Yankee pitchers, to contextualize Nova’s stats. I noticed something interesting along the way, something that had nothing to do with Ivan Nova. Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia have eerily similar peripheral stats this year, save one. Take a look: The data above that are most important to the Continue reading Hughes and CC, closer than you think

Follow-up analysis on pitchers who throw less than 90mph

Last week we took a look at starters the Yankees have faced who don’t crack 90mph with their fastballs. Sometime Yankee contributor Skip subsequently encouraged me (or perhaps more appropriately, berated me) to delve further into the data: “Larry, I just read your 90-mph pitcher post, and you’re drawing conclusions from the wrong set of data. You want to know how the Yankees do against soft-tossing starters, and yet you use the final game score and talk about the team’s overall record. I was expecting you — in a story about soft-tossing starters — to look at only how the Continue reading Follow-up analysis on pitchers who throw less than 90mph

Yankees vs. Rays V: Another potential playoff preview

The Yankees (87-56) head down to Tampa (86-56) tonight for their fifth set of the season with the Rays, who they have gone 5-6 against thus far in 2010 and hold a scant 1/2 game lead over for first place in the AL East. This also marks a second straight series against a potential playoff opponent, as many Yankee pundits — myself included — expect the Yankees and the Rays to ultimately square off in the American League Championship Series next month. It’s obviously been a tough week for the Yankees, coming off a sweep at the hands of the Continue reading Yankees vs. Rays V: Another potential playoff preview

The 2010 New York Yankees vs. starting pitchers who don't crack 90mph with their fastballs

If there’s one topic I’ve potentially spilled more digital ink on than the Yankees getting beaten by pitchers they’ve never seen before/starters making their Major League debuts, it would be the team seemingly routinely getting shutdown by starting pitchers with fastballs that top out around 89-90mph, pinpoint control and an uncanny ability to change speeds. In particular, we’ve seen Dallas Braden, Brett Cecil and Brian Matusz — the latter both beating the Yankees in the last two days — each stymie the Yankee lineup during the past week. Though Braden took the loss in his game last Thursday, he still Continue reading The 2010 New York Yankees vs. starting pitchers who don't crack 90mph with their fastballs

Yankees vs. Orioles V: This Time it's Personal

The Yankees last saw the Orioles nearly three months ago, having played Baltimore 12 times in a span of about six weeks and going 10-2 in those contests. The last time the two teams played Baltimore snapped the Yankees’ 10-game winning streak against them by countering with the Yankee baseball equivalent of a wooden stake or silver bullets: a rookie starting pitcher making his Major League debut in Jake Arrieta. That, or an off-speed pitcher with a ruthless changeup. And if you’re able to combine the whole rookie-making-his-MLB-debut thing with a starter who can’t break 90 and has a 77-mph Continue reading Yankees vs. Orioles V: This Time it's Personal

Granderson, Sabathia power Yanks to 5-0 shutout over A's to complete four-game sweep

It’s fun being right. In Monday’s A’s series preview I wrote “Sabathia should dominate the A’s lineup and I expect the big man to come through once again in this contest.” Obviously this was far from a bold proclamation, but nevertheless it feels good to be validated. And it feels even better in the face of nonsensical comments like this guy’s. Of course, despite my confident prediction I can’t say I expected CC Sabathia to toss eight innings of one-hit ball, using only 95 pitches to record 24 outs. Sabathia was outrageously good, taking advantage of an incredibly light-hitting A’s Continue reading Granderson, Sabathia power Yanks to 5-0 shutout over A's to complete four-game sweep