With a 161.2 IP this year, Hughes is on the brink of surpassing twice the innings he threw last season. A little less than two weeks ago, I wrote about how Hughes’ velocity trends. Examining his longterm PITCHf/x numbers this season, he’s shown a constant loss of spin rotation and velocity on his fastball.
Take the triples. Yes, the Yankees are dead last in the league in hitting triples, but so what? Aside from the fact that triples are highly overrated in my opinion, and generally seem to resemble a double with a sprinkling of good luck, the most obvious factor working against the Yankees here is the fact that their home stadium simply doesn’t yield very many triples. There’s not a lot of room in right field, obviously, and the park gives up kind of a lot of home runs, so the same exact hit that results in a triple at Comerica Park (and look at that, Detroit leads the league in hitting triples) is often a double or a home run at Yankee Stadium, simply because of the dimensions of the playing area.
As for stealing bases, I suppose there’s more practical value to them, but that doesn’t seem to have any sort of direct translation into winning more games. To wit, the Yankees are 12th in the American League in swiping bags, ahead of only Detroit and…Baltimore.…
The best we can hope for is that every subsequently loss from this team is the lowest point of the season. The Yankees have now lost 4 of their last 5 series, have only won 3 of their last 10 games, and are now tied with the Orioles in September, after once holding a 10...
|New York Yankees||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Desmond Jennings, LF|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||B.J. Upton, CF|
|Nick Swisher, 1B||Ben Zobrist, SS|
|Robinson Cano, DH||Evan Longoria, DH|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||Matt Joyce, RF|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||Jeff Keppinger, 3B|
|Jayson Nix, 2B||Carlos Pena, 1B|
|Chris Dickerson, RF||Ryan Roberts, 2B|
|Chris Stewart, C||Jose Molina, C|
|Freddy Garcia, SP||Alex Cobb, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for...