Yankees Whiff on Scouting Report vs. Francisco Liriano

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

During Joe Girardi’s WCBS pre-game interview with Suzyn Waldman, the Yankees’ manager talked about his lineup’s need for patience when facing White Sox lefty Francisco Liriano. The game plan was correct, but executing it proved to be easier said than...

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Hughes’ fastball heavy approach getting the job done

The main culprit for these struggles seemed to be an arsenal of secondary stuff that was subpar at best. His curveball, in particular, was a very ineffective pitch, and Hughes was showing heavy reliance on his fastball. Since declaring he was going back to a “reliever” mentality, however, Hughes has managed to turn around a season that looked like it was headed for abject disaster, and has generally been a very serviceable starter for the Yankees.

Hughes methodology, however, has been pretty unorthodox, to save the least. Far from rededicating himself to his secondary arsenal, Hughes is throwing his fastball at an even higher rate than he was earlier in the season, a full 66.3% of the time according to Fangraphs’ pitch type data, easily a higher ratio than at any point since his initial introduction to the big leagues back in 2007. On the other hand, he’s also committed himself to his changeup more than ever, throwing the pitch nearly 10% of the time, and has incorporated both a 12-6 and 11-5 curveball, while eliminating the cutter from his repertoire almost entirely.…

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Is Kevin Long Helping Ichiro Hit For Power?

It’s officially been a month since Ichiro Suzuki played his last game with the Mariners. On July 22nd, the right fielder was batting just .261/.288/.353 in his 12th year in Seattle. After the trade to the Bronx, Matt made the case that these poor numbers were largely impacted by a pitcher...

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