If you're like me, you're enjoying what Starlin Castro has done in the last two games. (Yes, minuscule sample sizes abound.) So I thought we could take a look at his hits: Where the pitches landed, what pitches he hit, the velocity, etc. Let's do this.
Here's his run scoring double off Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day:
It was an 0-1 cutter, it was 85 mph, it was inside and Castro was able to keep it fair.
Yesterday was a much bigger day for Castro who couldn't stay off the bases. He went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double and two singles.
He started things off with a single in the Yankees' big first inning.
It was a 3-2 fastball (93 mph) off Michael Feliz who had come in to relieve starter Collin McHugh who was already knocked out of the game. Castro went after a high pitch, hit it into the ground, but hit it where there weren't any fielders and it turned into a single.
In the bottom of the second, after the Astros turned the Yankees' somewhat-comfy five-run lead into a not-so-comfy, honestly-quite-sweaty one-run lead, Castro unloaded on Feliz and hit a three-home run.
This time, it was an 81 mph slider that didn't slide enough, got too much of the plate and Castro deposited it into the visitor's bullpen.
I included the video so you can really see where the pitch landed in the strike zone:
In the sixth inning, Castro hit a double off Tony Sipp.
It was a 76 mph slider that, again, got way too much of the plate and didn't slide.
And for his finale, Castro hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that made the score 16-6.
It was a 93 mph fastball that didn't catch any of the plate and Castro was able to smack between first and second.
Here's a still shot, right before he makes contact with the pitch.
So there you have it. All of Starlin Castro's hits so far. Let's hope he keeps it up!