Sluggish Fastball Rotation Responsible for Sabathia’s Rough Start

The match up from Tuesday’s game consisted of a 24 year old Mike Minor, a player on the cusp of being sent down, and  ace CC Sabathia. In a reversal of fortune, Minor was nearly flawless in his 7.1 innings of 5 hit ball, while Sabathia allowed 10 hits and 4...

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Can Phil Hughes keep winning with just fastballs?

If you translate that aggressiveness further, for Phil Hughes, that means fastballs. His other pitches have simply been tokens along the way. In Hughes’ last outing, 81 of his 108 pitches were fastballs. In his first ever complete-game shutout in his outing before that, 98 of his 123 pitches were fastballs. Combine those two games and a staggering 179 of his 231 total pitches have been fastballs. That is 77.5 percent.  Who does that?

Well, Bartolo Colon does that and more. Colon leads all of baseball with a fastball percentage of 88 percent. Colon did the same thing last year. And one thing we saw from all those fastballs from Colon was that sometimes it worked and sometimes he got cuffed around pretty good.

There are four other pitchers in baseball that have averaged over 70 percent fastballs this season. Justin Masterson has thrown 77.6 percent fastballs. But that is a little different as he is a “sinkerball” pitcher who tries to get batters out with ground balls.…

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The Farm Report: 6/14/12

Ronnier Mustelier went 3-4 on the night with an outfield assist.  He is hitting .352/.397/.500 in thirteen games in the month of June.  Colin Curtis went 2-4, while Francisco Cervelli had the Yankees lone extra base hit of the night with a double.  Adam Warrent went five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, three walks and two Ks.  Delcarmen lasted just .2 innings, giving up five runs (just one earned) on five hits, a walk and one K.

Trenton gave up a five-run lead, losing to Altoona 7-6 in the ninth:
Abraham Almonte started the game with a double to center, moving to third on a fly out from Jose Pirela.  David Adams and Zoilo Almonte drew walks and Abraham scored when Melky Mesa reached on catcher’s interference.  Altoona answered with a RBI double from Miles Durham to tie the game 1-1.  The Thunder wasted little time regaining the lead, however, as Jose Gil worked a lead off walk and Addison Maruszak singled.  …

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